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Help... Wonderlic Personnel Test

I got invited to do the test.

My math skills without a calculator is weak (accustomed to use a calculator all the time). My vocabularly is also weak (raised in non-English family).

What is the best way to prepare? From what I can tell, it consists of questions that will determine your English and Math skills under pressure. I am quite nervous, the position applied is for a highly reputable business.

I did a sample and just scored 11/15.

How the hell would average joe know

12. The hours of daylight and darkness in SEPTEMBER are nearest equal to the hours of daylight and darkness in:
1. June, 2. March, 3. May, 4. November.
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I gave this test 2 years back. I applied for CRA post. There will be 50 questions and 12 minutes to complete them. It will be a mixture of English and Math. In English it would be highly tested on vocabulary, oposites( not the eazy ones! :( , then logical reasoning. In math it wud be similar to what u did in high school. So it wud be better to practice those skills. If you probably go to a library, they might have these books on it. Its really simple if you know ur high school english and math. It is eazy. I flunk as I didnt know what to expect. I didnt even go prepared. I think I lost by 5 marks.

Anyway this is what basically they will ask. They will give u the pencil and scrap sheets. No calculator. All mind calculations. They ask u for example; They sold 50 cars for a profit of 4500. what was the cost of it. Similarly how many cars were sold... so a mixture of those kind of questions.

I hope this helps!

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ieatkittens wrote:The answer is march
The longest day of the year is in june, and september and march are equidistant from june
I figure June has the same # of days (30) as September, that's it.
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Azxster wrote: 12. The hours of daylight and darkness in SEPTEMBER are nearest equal to the hours of daylight and darkness in:
1. June, 2. March, 3. May, 4. November.
The answer is March. Just takes a bit of common knowledge + logic.

June 21(or 22) is the longest day of the year(most daylight), so assume June has the most amount of daylight of any month.

Now September is 3 months after June, so go back three months from June, and you get March.

Simple as pie. :)
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Azxster wrote:12. The hours of daylight and darkness in SEPTEMBER are nearest equal to the hours of daylight and darkness in:
1. June, 2. March, 3. May, 4. November.
I would guess March... because summer solstice is June 21st. September is 2 months out. June - 2 months = ~March... oops I see others have figured the same thing.

These sort of questions test your critical thinking ability. If this is an in-person interview, as long as you apply some logic ... the answer is secondary. Most employers just want to see if you can reason outside of the box.
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Average score is 19 or 20. For the math, try to memorize the formula in the sample questions as they just change the numbers, and watch the measurements. They usually try and trick you by asking you to find the area of a rectangle by giving you the length and width in cm but you have have to give the area in metres.
Same goes for seconds/minutes/hours. Other than reading the dictionary, it's hard to prepare for the vocab if you're not a big reader.

Don't spend too much time on any one question as the 12 minutes goes by fast.

more sample questions:

Three individuals form a partnership and agree to divide the profits equally. X invests $4,500, Y invests $3,500 and Z invests $2,000. If the profits are $1,500, how much less does X receive than if the profits were divided in proportion to total amount invested?

In printing an article of 30,000 words, a printer decides to use two sizes of type. Using the larger type, a printed page contains 1,200 words. Using the smaller type, a page contains 1,500 words. The article is allotted 22 pages in a magazine. How many pages must be in the smaller type?
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Crap!!! My bad, just blurted out an answer, figured that since summer started in march and ended in September...whatever. I even knew that the longest day is in June....darn. Whatever, time to redeem myself:
2- X receives $175 less and...
3- 12 pages in the smaller type.
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but i got it wrong it seems, i did
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
4-5-6------------1--2--3

cause if you go half the year the other way, you get the opposite effect, don't know much about the solstice stuff, never learend it in high school.
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Those are the 3 out of 4 I messed up with.

How did you get 175 less and 12 pages?

I've been playing with my gf brother's DS lite which has math academy. Scoring pretty well in the compute category (written basic math)
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easiest way is to use high school algebra

x= number of small print pages
y= number of large print pages

x+y = 22
1500x + 1200y = 30000

then solve for x
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Azxster wrote:Those are the 3 out of 4 I messed up with.

How did you get 175 less and 12 pages?

I've been playing with my gf brother's DS lite which has math academy. Scoring pretty well in the compute category (written basic math)
I basically did this:
plavka wrote:easiest way is to use high school algebra

x= number of small print pages
y= number of large print pages

x+y = 22 ---> y= 22-x
1500x + 1200y = 30000
Sub in (22-x) for y
1500x + 1200(22-x) = 30000
1500x -1200x + 26400 = 30000
300x = 30000-26400
Divide both sides by 300
x=12
For the 175 less, you basically use a ratio.
x invested 4500
y invested 3500
z invested 2000
total invested = 4500 + 3500 +2000 = 10000
That means x invested 4500 out of the total 10000 (4500/10000) which equals 0.45 (45%). Since the profits are 1500, just do 0.45 x 1500 = $675. This is how much he would have made. Since he only made $500 (1500/3), he made 175 less.
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natefive wrote:I basically did this:

For the 175 less, you basically use a ratio.
x invested 4500
y invested 3500
z invested 2000
total invested = 4500 + 3500 +2000 = 10000
That means x invested 4500 out of the total 10000 (4500/10000) which equals 0.45 (45%). Since the profits are 1500, just do 0.45 x 1500 = $675. This is how much he would have made. Since he only made $500 (1500/3), he made 175 less.
that's how i figured it out..add them all find the % and bingo..really easy sinse all the investments added up to 10000..
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