Wonderlic Questionnaire

An Overview of Psychometric Testing: Wonderlic Questionnaire

Wonderlic Psychometric testing diagram

Psychometric testing is used to improve the effectiveness of the recruitment process. It helps to accurately select the right person for the organisation.

It is critical to remember that tests should be used  in conjunction  with other sources of information on the candidate such as interviews, resume, reference checks etc.

There are two main types of tests:

  • Ability tests  assess specific individual abilities such as numerical, spelling and grammar, strategic thinking etc.
  • Personality tests  assess motivation and personality traits, such as Drive, Independence, Adaptability, etc. Understanding what motivates people and what style suits them best is critical to ensuring that employees will succeed in the job being considered.

Before selecting any particular test:

  1. Determine what you want to measure (what you are measuring must be based on the requirements of the job for which the person is being considered).
  2. Select a test that is designed to measure those abilities or personality characteristics.
  3. Make sure that you choose a test which is valid and reliable.

Tests can provide useful additional information on the candidates and  highlight areas that need to be checked during the final interview.

Tests can also be an invaluable tool to utilise  following  the recruitment process. These tools can assist in the identification of high potential employees, as well as in developing your employees.

The Wonderlic Questionnaire


Summary of the test:

The Wonderlic Questionnaire assesses problem solving skills.

Problem Solving Ability:

It helps measure a candidate’s ability to understand instructions, learn, adapt, solve problems and handle the mental demands of the position. It assesses reasoning, perception, memory, verbal and mathematical ability and problem solving.


12 minutes


Needs to be completed in testing conditions to ensure external factors do not influence the results.


  • A raw score;
  • A percentile rank measured against the general population;
  • An equivalent IQ score and range (i.e. very superior, superior, above average, average, below average;
  • Short explanation and analysis of result.

Selecting Appropriate Testing Instruments

Allan Hall HR has access to a wide range of instruments that measure key dimensions, including the Wonderlic Questionnaire. This not only covers personality and aptitude, but also specific skills and abilities.

We apply a tailored approach, with the recommended testing solution being dependent on how you will utilise the results and the specific outcomes you are looking to achieve. If you would like to find out more information about the Wonderlic Questionnaire or if you are seeking support with identifying a suitable instrument to meet your needs, we can offer you a free consultation with one of our in-house testing experts or our organisational psychologist.

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