Every year at the NFL Combine college players that are looking to go to the next level are examined and analyzed like a side of meat, but it is not just to measure their physical abilities but also their mental.
Players participate in the well known Wonderlic test. This test which is administered to all players dating back to 1970 (Terry Bradshaw – 1970) at the combine measures a player’s aptitude with various thought provoking questions. These tests cover various areas from Cognitive Activity, Individual Skills, Behavioral Activity or Personality. They provide insight into how people would answer situational questions, some with success, some without.
You have heard of the amazing scores of some, Quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick (Harvard – 2005) scored a 48 out of 50 in 2005, while Jeff George (Illinois – 1990) and Michael Bishop (Kansas State – 1999) only scored a 10. Don’t take too much into it as Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly, Dan Marino and Bradshaw all scored a 15 in their respective years, while there are only three starting quarterbacks that scored above 40, Fitzpatrick, Blaine Gabbert scored a 42 and Alex Smith scored a 40
The link to the test website is http://www.wonderlic.com.
Here is a sample of the questions taken from TestPreview.com website. I got 5 of 7 correct.
1. A physical education class has three times as many girls as boys. During a class basketball game, the girls average 18 points each, and the class as a whole averages 17 points per person. How many points does each boy score on average?
2. Randolph has 8 ties, 6 pairs of pants, and 4 dress shirts. How many days could he possibly go without wearing the same combination of these three items?
3. John is a mechanic. He makes $8.50 an hour, plus $3 extra for every oil change he performs. Last week he worked 36 hours and performed 17 oil changes. How much money did he make?
4. A box of staples has a length of 6 cm, a width of 7 cm, and a volume of 378 cm cubed. What is the height of the box?
5. What is the average of all of the integers from 13 to 37?
6. A basketball player averaged 20 points a game over the course of six games. His scores in five of those games were 23, 18, 16, 24, and 27. How many points did he score in the sixth game?
7. Arnold is about to go on a 500-mile car trip. His mechanic recommends that he buy a special highway engine oil that will save him 50 cents in gas for every 25 miles of the trip. This new oil, however, will cost $20. Is it worthwhile for Arnold to buy the oil if he has a coupon for $4 dollars off the price?
Below are the answers – Now no cheating
1. Answer: 14. Since the class has three times as many girls as boys, the class is composed of 75% girls and 25% boys. To find the number of points each boy scores on average, we solve the following equation: 0.75*18 + 0.25*X = 17, where X is the number of points each boy scores on average. Solving for X gives X = 14, so the boys average 14 points per game.
2. Answer: 192 days. There are 48 different combinations of ties and shirts (8 different ties for each of the 6 pairs of pants), and then four different shirts for each of these combinations. In numerical form: 8 x 6 x 4 = 192.
3. Answer: $357. John's base wage can be figured by multiplying his pay per hour by the number of hours he worked: $8.50 x 36 = 306. His bonus for oil changes is calculated by multiplying the payment per oil change by the number of oil changes performed: 17 x 3 = 51. These two products can then be added together.
4. Answer: 9 cm. Volume is calculated as the product of length, width, and height, so if height is set as Y: 6 x 7 x Y = 378. This can be rearranged to 378 / 42 = Y = 9.
5. Answer: 25. This kind of problem can be easily solved by simply finding the average of the two extremes in the range: (13 + 37) / 2 = 25.
6. Answer: 12 points.
7. Answer: No. Arnold will only save $10 by using the oil (.5 x (500 / 25)), and this is still $6 less than the cost of the oil.