Need help understanding your Wonderlic score? Find all the helpful information you need here, including how the test is scored and what your score means.
There are two versions of the Wonderlic Personnel Test: the WPT-R, which has 50 questions, each worth one point, and the WPT-Q, which is a shortened version that has only 30 questions that are each worth 1.66 points. This means that the maximum score on each is 50 points.
Your score is determined purely by the number of questions you get right. You will not lose points for guessing incorrectly. So if you got 25 out of 50 right on the WPT-R, your score would be a 25. If you got 15 out of 30 right on the WPT-Q, your score would also be a 25.
The average score on the Wonderlic is 20. Different positions will require higher scores. For example, a technician may require a score of 26, while a systems analyst would require a score of 32.
The Wonderlic also utilizes Item Response theory (IRT), which means that the difficulty of each question you see is based on whether or not you answer a question correctly. So if you answer a question correctly, the next question will be more difficult than if you had answered incorrectly.
Your score report is broken down into a few parts:
Take a look at this sample Wonderlic score report to see what it looks like.
Take a look at some of these frequently asked questions below.
No, your score is only based on questions answered correctly. Each question earns you a single point (or 1.66 points on the WPT-Q). Feel free to guess if you don’t know the answer!
The average score is 20/50.
This depends on the position you are applying for. Some positions require you to score near the average of 20, while some more competitive ones will require a score over 30. Find out what is required for the position you are applying for to determine what your personal “good” score might be. In terms of percentiles, a score 20 will put you in the 50th percentile, a 26 will put you in the 80th percentile, and a 29 will put you in the 90th percentile.
Your score report is automatically sent to the employer when you complete the test. Nobody else will see it. They may share it with you, but you may need to request it from them first.