We all know that football players – everyone from Tom Brady to Randy Moss – are not only tested on the field of play, but also in the classroom via the Wonderlic as they come out of college and audition for jobs with NFL teams.
The test they take in the classroom is called the Wonderlic and we’ve all heard how some football players do really poor on the test and how some others have done very well. Now’s your chance to take the test – either a shortened version of the full test or the full 50-question, 12-minuted timed version.
I tried it and believe me, it’s not easy – at least it wasn’t for me. I hated tests when I was in school nearly 40 years ago and by taking this test, now I really know why I hated tests. I didn’t do so well on them, especially when they involved math. Make the test entirely about sentence construction and structure with word definitions and I will ace it, but when numbers and measurements are included, I’m a basket case.
Well, the Wonderlic is headed to the scrap heap of tests anyway. Though I suggest you take the test, the NFL announced earlier this year that they are going to an entirely different evaluation instrument in the future - an aptitude test to be given in conjunction with the Wonderlic. This new test – a 60-minute examination – will be given in a classroom setting, as is the 12-minute Wonderlic – and will be scored by its developer, Harold Goldstein, a professor of industrial/organizational psychology at Baruch College, City University of New York.
It’s not clear, but the NFL says it will not replace the Wonderlic, but will be used in conjunction. We wonder how long the two tests will be used in conjunction and how long it will be before the new test takes the place of the Wonderlic – a test that was developed in part by the late great Tom Landry.
So, how did I do? Well, I did as well as Randy Moss – ahahahahha – I know, don’t laugh. We all know what an idiot he is!
I must use the excuse that I haven’t been in school for multiple decades while the players who take this test prior to the NFL Draft each year are less than a year removed from the rigors of testing and schooling. They should do better than I did.
But excuses aside, I challenge you to take the test – just so you don’t scoff at those who finished with a 12 – like Randy and me.