2009 NFL Combine Wonderlic Exam: Are you smarter than a football player?

The folks over at Hogs Haven found a sample Wonderlic exam and put together an appropriate post for it.  They found notable scores and provide an opportunity for you to take a small sample of the test and compare your score.  I got 9 out of 10 right and given the amount of time it took me, I scored a 45.  Can I include that on my resume because that might be what it takes to get me a legal internship this summer!  Feel free to post your score if you want.

With the Combine just around the corner, much adu will be made about the wonderlic exam and how it translates to the NFL.


The Wonderlic Personnel Test-Revised (WPT-R) is used not just by the NFL, but lots of employers to help measure a candidate's ability to:

- Learn a specific job.
- Solve problems.
- Understand instructions.
- Apply knowledge to new situations.
- Benefit from specific job training.
- Be satisfied with a particular job.

Higher scoring applicants are supposed to learn more rapidly, master more complex material, and exercise better judgment while lower scoring applicants tend to require more time, detailed task instruction, and less challenging job routines.

25 is the average score for quarterbacks and offensive linemen. Other positions average about a 20. A generic breakdown of the scoring looks like this:

50 = highest possible score, superior intelligence
30 = Very bright, you're shouldn't be living at home
20 = average intelligence (similar to IQ of 100)
15 = Equivalent to unskilled worker
10 and Below = Moron, barring unique circumstances*

*Frank Gore apparently scored a 6 on the Wonderlic, but it was due to his dyslexia.  He can't take timed tests like this, so a test like the Wachs Test would be utilized.  The Wachs Test is a verbal test.

Hogs Haven put together an online Wonderlic exam for us to try and take.  Feel free to compare yourself to the best and worst of the NFL's test takers.

To begin your test, cclick here >>>

NFL Notable High Scores:

Ryan Fitzpatrick 38-50: It's officially an NFL urban legend that Fitzpatrick scored somewhere between 38 and a perfect 50.  Although he claims to have left a question blank, which means he could get no more than a 49.
Drew Henson 42
Alex Smith 40
Eli Manning 39
Brian Griese 39
Tony Romo 37
Drew Bledsoe 36
Matt Leinart 35
Kellen Clemens 35
Tom Brady 33
Steve Young 33
John Beck 30
Philip Rivers 30
Troy Aikman 29
Brady Quinn 29
Drew Brees 28
Peyton Manning 28
Ryan Leaf 27
Ben Roethlisberger 25
Brett Favre 22

Notable Low Scores:
Tarvaris Jackson 19
Derek Anderson 19
Vince Young 16*
Dan Marino 15
Terry Bradshaw 15
Donovan McNabb 14
David Garrard 14
Kordell Stewart 13
Marcus Vick 11
Jeff George 10
Chris Leak 8**

* VY apparently scored a 6 on his first test, and he took the test a second time scoring a 16.
** Leak apparently decided to only answer 12 of 50 questions. Got 8 out of 12 right, but alas, 8 is his score.

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