Wonderlic Basic Skills Test

Find out if your candidate has the math and verbal skills you need.

By selecting individuals who have the ability to handle the requirements of the job or program, training time and turnover can be reduced.

This basic skills test is useful for positions where job duties include mathematical calculations, written skills or oral communication skills.

Verbal areas evaluated include:

  • Word Knowledge
  • Sentence Construction
  • Information Retrieval

Quantitative areas evaluated include:

  • Explicit Quantitative Skills
  • Applied Quantitative Skills
  • Interpretive Quantitative Skills

The verbal and quantitative portions of this test are available individually or as a set. In addition to its usefulness in employee selection, this basic skills test is ideal for determining program eligibility and outcomes, and for verifying that all employees have the basic skills to participate effectively in the International Organization for Standardization (IOS) and other quality assurance initiatives.

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Job-Specific Scoring Ranges

900 job profiles are available in our comprehensive Job Index Engine. Custom job profiles can be created by our team of Industrial/Organizational professional.

Two Administration Methods Available

Online administration, scoring and reporting: On-site from any computer with Internet connectivity, individual or group administration, and results are available in minutes. Paper and pencil administration: Fax-back or template scoring, includes step-by-step administration guide, and individual or group administration.

Intuitive results report

Easy to interpret one-page report. Our simple, three-color system—Green, Yellow and Red—indicates candidate suitability compared to the ideal scoring ranges for that position.

Simple Candidate Record Management

Sort and filter tools enable you to quickly rank, order and prioritize candidates based on scores. Candidate progression through your hiring process can be easily tracked.

Sophisticated Test Design

Item Response Theory scoring uses a holistic view of the candidate’s response pattern to ensure integrity of the results.

20-Minute Administration per Test


  • Ideal for testing entry level candidates on verbal and math skills

  • Ensure new hires have effective written communication/email skills

  • Avoid hiring those most likely to make costly mathematical mistakes

  • Helps predict overall productivity of new hires

The correlation between how well applicants do on the test and how well they do in the training class is amazing.
— Don Fertman Director of Franchise Sales
The Wonderlic Basic Skills Test gives me peace of mind that we’re hiring qualified people who are able to do the job.
— Judy Dudley HR professional
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