INDIANAPOLIS – The more than 300 prospects that will take part in the Combine this week in Indianapolis will be tested in a plethora of ways.
From the on-the-field drills, to medical evaluations, to one-on-one interviews with teams and meeting the media, the four-day job interview for NFL prospects doesn't end without a good, old fashioned test.
That comes in the form of a Wonderlic Test, where the acumen of prospects is weighed in a 12-minute test.
WHAT IS THE WONDERLIC TEST?
The NFL Scouting Combine uses the Wonderlic Personnel Test (WPT-R), which measures a person's ability to think, learn, solve problems and follow instructions – all critical traits a football player needs to have, particularly one coming into the NFL, where gameplay is much faster and decisions must be made in the blink of an eye. The Wonderlic test does not measure whether or not a potential player can read, spell, or do math; it doesn't look at their motivation and their personality on or off field. There are other test for measuring these traits.
HOW IS THE WONDERLIC RELEVANT TO FOOTBALL?
Can a player understand the playbook, know where they need to be on the field, make intelligent decisions, learn quickly…? These are all things that are VITAL when teams are making draft decisions – especially when two or more players have very similar physical skills. Given that teams are making million dollar decisions with each draft pick, they should consider all the available indicators of a player's abilities – mental and physical – and the Wonderlic test results are just a piece of that.
ARE THE TEST SCORES THAT ARE REPORTED IN THE MEDIA CORRECT?
Wonderlic regards the confidentiality of test results as a top priority. We do not release test scores to anyone except appropriate NFL Combine representatives. Therefore, any Wonderlic test scores reported by the media are not official and potentially inaccurate.