Don’t sweat the Wonderlic SLE. We’ve got you covered.
Did you just find out you have to take the Wonderlic SLE to get into your nursing program? Or have you struggled to pass the Wonderlic SLE after one or two attempts? Either way, you have come to the right place.
Below, you will find a 50-question, 12-minute free Wonderlic SLE practice test. The test is timed to mimic the real testing experience and includes a detailed score report and step-by-step answer explanations for each question at the end of the exam.
Remember to try not to use a calculator (calculators are not allowed on the real Wonderlic SLE).
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What is the Wonderlic SLE?
The Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE) is an admissions test used by several higher education programs, most notably in the health occupation fields of nursing and radiology. Gurnick, Keiser, Platt, and Concorde are just a few of the many popular nursing programs that require you to pass the Wonderlic SLE to gain admission.
What is the format of the Wonderlic SLE?
Number of questions
There are 50 questions on the Wonderlic SLE.
The Wonderlic SLE is mostly multiple choice with some fill-in math questions.
You will have only 12 minutes to complete the exam. For many, this is the hardest aspect of the test.
Unfortunately, there are no calculators allowed on the Wonderlic SLE.
Most programs will have you take the exam on a computer on their campus or will schedule an appointment for you to take the exam at a proctored testing center near you.
Some programs do administer the Wonderlic SLE on paper. The content will be similar, but you will have the added benefit of being able to skip around the test. This means you can try to do all the easiest ones first to rack up a bunch of points quickly (we will get to more of this later in our strategies section).
What is the SLE-Q?
The Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam – QuickTest (SLE-Q) is a condensed version of the full Wonderlic SLE consisting of only 30 questions to be completed in 8 minutes (instead of 50 questions in 12 minutes). You may have to take the SLE-Q if you do not live near a testing center. In this case, the school will send you an email that links to the exam and you will take it on your computer. The exam will lock and be automatically graded after 8 minutes.
The SLE-Q has the same types of questions as the full Wonderlic SLE.
What types of questions are on the Wonderlic SLE?
The Wonderlic SLE is 50 questions and covers a wide variety of question types that are not given to you in any particular order. Here are some of the most common types of questions on the SLE:
Vocabulary questions on the Wonderlic will give you two words and ask you to decide if those words:
- have similar meanings (the two words have the same meaning)
- have contradictory meanings (the two words have opposite meanings)
- mean neither the same nor opposite (the two words are unrelated)
They may also give you a word and ask you to select the answer choice that means the opposite of that word.
You can find an extensive list of the most common Wonderlic SLE vocabulary words here.
There are not a whole lot of math problems on the Wonderlic, but you should expect to see a few questions testing your knowledge of:
- identifying numerical patterns
- solving algebraic word problems
The math questions aren’t always overly difficult, but you are not allowed to use a calculator. This makes these questions a little trickier than they otherwise would be.
Another important thing to note: the math questions on the Wonderlic SLE are not always multiple choice. In many cases, you may have to write them (or type them) in – even on a computer. This makes random guessing much more difficult.
These are the most unique questions you will encounter on the exam. A proverb is a short phrase or saying that illustrates a commonly held belief. An example of a proverb is “a cat has nine lives” or “elbow grease is the best polish.” The Wonderlic will give you five of these sayings and ask you to choose the two that have similar meanings.
You can find a list of Wonderlic SLE proverbs explained here.
These questions present three statements and ask you “if the first two statements are true, is the third statement true, false, or uncertain?” Here is an example:
Assume the first two statements are true. Is the third statement: 1. true 2. false 3. uncertain?
These labradors are normal dogs. All normal dogs are playful. These labradors are playful.
It is important to remember that whenever you see one of these questions, your answer must be based solely on the information provided in the first two sentences. The answer, in this case, would be true.
These questions look like the ones you typically see on IQ tests. They are not always on the Wonderlic SLE, but when they do pop up they look like this:
A line can be drawn which divides the following figure into two separate parts. These two parts could then fit together to make a square. Which two numbers would you connect to make the line?
The line to cut along could be drawn from 19 to 4. This section would then fit into the open slot on the right side of the shape. Here is an illustration:
So, our answer to this particular question would simply be 19-4 or 4-19.
This is only one type of spatial reasoning questions we have seen on the Wonderlic SLE. Our free practice test above, as well as our premium practice tests, include more examples.
How is the Wonderlic SLE scored?
The Wonderlic SLE is 50 questions. You have 12 minutes to complete the exam. The number of questions you answer correctly out of the 50 is your score. So, if in 12 minutes you are able to answer 32 questions and get 25 of them correct, your score is a 25.
What score do I need to get into nursing school?
This is determined by the program to which you are applying. Most programs require at least a 16, but we have seen some schools set the cut off as high as 30. Again, a score of 30 means you would have to answer 30 questions correct.
What happens if I don’t pass?
Many programs will give you two or three opportunities to pass. After your third opportunity, you will likely have to wait a period of six months to a year to apply again.
If you have already failed the test once or even twice, please do not be hard on yourself! You are in the same boat as a lot of the other people reading this page. This is a tricky exam that does not test how smart you are or what you learned in high school. It simply tests whether you have reviewed the right material (see our Wonderlic strategies below) and practiced with lots of highly realistic practice questions.
Wonderlic strategies you need to know.
Many find the most challenging part of the test is the strict time constraint. You only have 12 minutes to answer all 50 questions. This comes out to about 14 seconds per question, which is not a lot of time. A lot of applicants lose points simply by spending far too much time on one problem, so don’t be afraid to move on from a question if you are stuck.
Every question is worth the same.
Easy questions are worth exactly the same as difficult, time-consuming questions. Every question is simply worth 1 point. So, you should not spend too much time on the difficult question since they are not any more valuable.
Scoring 100% should not be your goal.
It is easy to get discouraged when you know you are getting questions wrong. But, on the Wonderlic, it is OK. You are going to get questions wrong. If you get 15 questions wrong, you would still earn a 35, which is an excellent score. Your mindset should not be to try to get every question right. Instead, you should look at it as a game where you are simply trying to scoop up as many points as possible in 12 minutes.
When struggling, guess and move on, just never leave anything blank.
You are not penalized for guessing. When you find yourself struggling on a question or you feel like it will take you even a few minutes to solve, then it is best to guess and move on. If you leave an answer blank, you gain nothing. But, if you guess, you could end up getting it correct and earning a point.
Eliminate wrong multiple choice answers.
Many of the questions are multiple choice. If you are struggling on a multiple choice question, try eliminating answers that you know are wrong and then guess from the remaining answer choices. This will dramatically increase your chances of guessing the correct answer and improving your score.
Don’t skip questions on the computerized version.
Skipping a question and having to come back to it is tedious and time-consuming. What we recommend is this: if you really want to skip and come back to something later, guess the answer first. That way you will at least have a chance of getting it right if you don’t have enough time to circle back at the end.
Practice, practice, practice.
Practicing is the best way to improve at anything, but it’s especially important when it comes to improving your score on the Wonderlic SLE. Here’s what you gain with practice:
Confidence with repetition
With every question you become more and more familiar with the content on the exam.
The hardest part of the exam is how little time you have (only 12 minutes to complete 50 questions). Not only does practicing help alleviate the stresses of that time restriction, but it also helps you answer questions even faster. If you haven’t had to do a ratio problem in a few years, it would likely take you a few minutes to solve it. Practicing not only refreshes your knowledge of how to solve a ratio problem (or any other problem for that matter), but you also end up becoming much faster at solving them, giving you the opportunity to answer even more questions and improve your score.
The more you practice answering a type of question, the better you will get at selecting the correct answer choice.
The only feeling better than walking into a test with confidence is walking out after passing.
That is how we want you to feel and why we back up our premium Wonderlic SLE Practice Tests with a pass guarantee.
Here is what else you get:
- 10 full-length practice tests that look just like the exam you will take.
- In-depth answer explanations for each question so you will never feel lost or left behind – even if you have been out of school for years.
- Detailed score reports that show you exactly what question categories you need to focus on to quickly improve your score.
You can start studying right away and can take each test as many times as you want – you have unlimited re-takes.
Walk into your test with confidence. Walk out of your test with pride. Start practicing today.