Thursday, February 19, 2009

If A Player Scores Low On This, I Wonder About Their Prospects In Life

ESPN has published a sample copy of the wonderlic test, and I must say I am shocked that anyone can do poorly on this test. Here is a sample question:

The 9th month of the year is?

A. October
B. January
C. June
D. September
E. May

I almost cried I was laughing so hard. Seriously, players have been known to score next to zero.


  1. The players who fail this test are probably the same ones (cough ... Chris Johnson ... cough) who can't sign their name properly...

  2. vince young supposedly got a 6 the first time but a 16 the second.

  3. I heard it was lower than that the first time.

  4. I missed 1 question. Too bad I can't play football :D

  5. What is the scale? If Vince got a 16 it obviously isn't out of 15. Is it out of 100?

    What is a good score and how many right does that translate into? It seems to me that 12 right would be an average number for a reasonably intelligent person. That's minus 2 for the 2 math problems that you might not be able to finish with the 4 minute time limit and minus 1 for a random stupid mistake that most people would probably make. Does that sound reasonable?

    So what score would 12/15 be?

  6. I have taken a real Wonderlic test for a job before and the job let me snag a copy after it.

    They show the first 15 questions but the way the test is structured is this.

    10-15 easy questions
    10-15 mid level
    10-15 tough
    5-10 hard

    50 questions in 12 minutes. Average intelligence is a 18-22 - genius is 40+

    Vince Young getting a 6 means he can't read. Which I am not conVinced that he can.

    Along those lines, to calculate IQ based off if that like this 60 + (2 X Wonderlic Score) = IQ. Putting Young at a 72. Good stuff!

    I guess my point is if they put the other 35 questions of the test online I think most people would not be able to get most of them within the time constraints.

  7. Getting a really low score is in most cases a sign that someone might not be the brightest spark.

    In some cases though it may be because people are no good at performing under pressure, with their nerves hindering their ability to comprehend and answer the questions properly. However, for an NFL quarterback, that would be just as bad, and may even be worse!

    It should be said however that tests like Wonderlic and IQ aren't really very good measures of someone's intelligence, as there is a fair degree of cultural bias there - for example someone for whom English is a second language may have some trouble understanding the way questions are structured because in their first language grammer may be structured in an extremely different manner. The relatively short period of time one has to answer each question hinders their ability carefully read and properly contruct the question in their head. As such, their IQ or wonderlic score may be lower than someone else for whom English is a first language with the same "intelligence".

    It should also be said that people who may have a high "IQ" or wonderlic score may also be totally lacking in common sense, and as such there is no way they should be considered intelligent.

  8. The Wonderlic in NFL terms is not used as a gauge of intelligence as much as it is used to see how quickly players can think and process information.

    A higher score just means they think fast and accurately. Let me just note that in almost every case the Patriots take the player with the highest Wonderlic score at their position, Jerod Mayo is one example of that.

  9. shows you why Gohlston and Young suck