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By now most people are familiar with the Wonderlic Test NFL prospects take at the NFL Combine. The Wonderlic is a 12-minute, 50-question test of cognitive ability. A score of 20 is considered average intelligence. Only one perfect score has been by NFL prospect by Pat McInally in the 1970′s. A score of 30 or better is impressive and 40 or better is outstanding and rare. According to Paul Zimmerman, here are some the average scores by position over the years from NFL prospects:
Offensive Tackle- 26
Wide Receiver- 17
Running Back- 16
Here are scores reported from the NFL Combine this year:
Ryan Mallett's 26 on the Wonderlic surely surprised some people.
Greg McElroy, Alabama- 43
Blaine Gabbert, Missouri- 42
Danny Watkins, Baylor- 40, Watkins scored a 15 last year when he took the test.
Colin Kaepernick, Nevada- 38
Christian Ponder, Florida State- 35
Prince Amukamara, Nebraska- 35, He made a 14 last year.
Ricky Stanzi, Iowa- 30
Andy Dalton, TCU- 29
Ryan Mallett, Arkansas- 26
Newton's 21 is not good, but not awful either.
Cam Newton, Auburn- 21
Jake Locker, Washington- 20
A.J. Green, Georgia- 10
Patrick Peterson, LSU- 9
Chris Culliver, South Carolina- 9
Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State- 9
Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State-7 Source
Carl Johnson, Florida- 6
Several people have asked what sort of questions on are on the Wonderlic exam. I did some research, and here are some example questions:
What number should come next?
8 4 2 1 1/2 1/4 ?
Paper sells for 21 cents per pad. What will four pads cost?
Assume the first two statements are true. Is the final one?
The boys play baseball. All baseball players wear hats. The boy wears a hat.
When rope is selling at $.10 a foot, how many feet can you buy for sixty cents?
The ninth month of the year is?
October, January, June, September, or May?
Resent/Reserve Do these words…
1. have similiar meanings, 2. have contradictory meanings, 3. mean neither the same nor opposite?
A boy is 16 years old and his sister is twice as old. When the boy is 22 years old, what will be the age of his sister?
The value of the Wonderlic is often debated. In the August 8, 2011 issue of Sports Illustrated, the magazine references a study (but does not say which one) that says there is no correlation between career success and Wonderlic score. Author Johan Lehrer said in the article, “Finding the open man involves a very different set of decision-making skills than solving an Algebra problem.”
Information for this article was gathered from Yahoo!, Chris Mortensen
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