What Is the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test?


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The Wonderlic Basic Skills Test is a short-form examination designed to measure one's knowledge of the basic verbal and quantitative skills typically required for entry-level employment. The test is used to screen prospective employees or students and can be taken via paper and pencil or online.

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The Wonderlic Basic Skills Test is administered over 20 minutes and focuses on two areas with multiple subsets, all involving GED-level general knowledge. The verbal section has 50 questions and focuses on word knowledge, sentence construction and information retrieval. The quantitative section has 45 questions and focuses on explicit quantitative skills, applied quantitative skills and interpretive quantitative skills. The results of the test are scored and compared against 700 job profiles in the Wonderlic Job Index. The NFL requires that prospective football players take the Wonderlic test and maintains listings of average scores per position.

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