• Ideal for testing entry level candidates on verbal and math skills
  • Ensure new hires have effective written communication/email skills
  • Avoid hiring those most likely to make costly mathematical mistakes
  • Helps predict overall productivity of new hires

The Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST) is a short-form measure of basic verbal and quantitative skills that is designed to assess work-readiness for entry-level jobs. By selecting individuals who have the ability to handle the requirements of the job or program, training time and turnover can be reduced. This basic skills test is useful for positions where job duties include mathematical calculations, written skills or oral communication skills.

Verbal areas evaluated include:Quantitative areas evaluated include:
  • Word Knowledge
  • Sentence Construction
  • Information Retrieval
  • Explicit Quantitative Skills
  • Applied Quantitative Skills
  • Interpretive Quantitative Skills

The verbal and quantitative portions of this test are available individually or as a set. In addition to its usefulness in employee selection, this basic skills test is ideal for determining program eligibility and outcomes, and for verifying that all employees have the basic skills to participate effectively in the International Organization for Standardization (IOS) and other quality assurance initiatives.


Some key features of the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test support quicker and more effective decision-making:

Job-Specific Scoring Ranges

  • 700 job profiles are available in our comprehensive Job Index Engine
  • Custom job profiles can be created by our team of Industrial/Organizational professionals

Two Administration Methods Available

  • Online administration, scoring and reporting 
    • On-site from any computer with Internet connectivity
    • Individual or group administration
    • Results are available in minutes
  • Paper and pencil administration
    • Fax-back or template scoring 
    • Includes step-by-step administration guide
    • Individual or group administration

Intuitive Results Report

  • Easy to interpret one-page report
  • Our simple, three-color system—Green, Yellow and Red—indicates candidate suitability compared to the ideal scoring ranges for that position

Simple Candidate Record Management in Wonderlic Online

  • Sort and filter tools enable you to quickly rank, order and prioritize candidates based on scores
  • Candidate progression through your hiring process can be easily tracked

Sophisticated Test Design

  • Item Response Theory scoring uses a holistic view of the candidate’s response pattern to ensure integrity of the results

20-Minute Administration per Test

Client Stories

“The correlation between how well applicants do on the test and how well they do in the training class is amazing.”

“The Wonderlic Basic Skills Test gives me peace of mind that we’re hiring qualified people who are able to do the job.”