Wonderlic Basic Skills Practice Test

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If you plan on applying for a job or a promotion, you may be asked to take the Wonderlic Basic Skills test. It’s essentially a very short IQ test which is used by thousands of businesses and organizations to test basic math and English skills of prospective employees.

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What is the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test?

The Wonderlic Basic Skills Test, or WBST, is categorized as Ability-to-Benefits, or ATB, testing. ATB testing is intended to discern whether an applicant has the aptitude necessary to benefit from admission to postsecondary school training programs.

In addition to being used to determine whether non-high school graduate will succeed in the classroom, it can also be used to identify job applicants that can perform the job functions required in an entry-level position. For this reason, it is often used by government agencies and private businesses in addition to schools.

What’s on the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test?

At its core, the Wonderlic Basic Skills test is simply a measure of your basic language and math skills.

The test itself is composed of two different sections, a verbal section (Test of Verbal Skills) and a quantitative section (Test of Quantitative Skills). In accordance with ATB determination requirements, the tests will be administered in sequence, with the verbal test being taken before the quantitative test. It has been found this sequence helps put applicants at ease, as the verbal section presents questions that can be answered using the skills already used on a daily basis.

You will have 20 minutes to finish the questions contained within each section.

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Scoring the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test

To qualify for Title IV Federal financial assistance, you must receive the following minimum scores or above within the same testing session as set by the US Department of Education:

  • WBST Test of Verbal Skills: 200
  • WBST Test of Quantitative Skills: 210

Your ATB answer sheet will be sent to Wonderlic, where it will be processed within three days after the date they received it. If you receive a passing score, you will see the word “PASS” in the “Ability-to-Benefit Status” box of your score report. Otherwise, you will see “NO PASS.”

Retaking the Test

If you believe your testing session may be inaccurate, or it was incomplete due to unforeseen circumstances such as a school announcement or fire drill, you may need to retake the test. You may be able to retest as early as the same day as your initial test administration, or you may need to reschedule for another time.

If you have any doubt about your session, please speak with the test administrator at your testing location.

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By Peter Rench

Peter Rench joined Mometrix in 2009 and serves as Vice President of Product Development, responsible for overseeing all new product development and quality improvements. Mr. Rench, a National Merit Scholar, graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in mathematics from Texas A&M University.


by Mometrix Test Preparation | This Page Last Updated: October 24, 2023