Are You Smarter Than an NFL Football Player? (#WonderlicTest Part II)

Take Sample Test [here]

Take Sample Test [here]

This will be the second year that I’ve decided to have a little fun with my Language Arts/Writing classes. I know you’re thinking, how does taking a test equal fun? Last year, I was reading an article, How Smart Are you? Take the Wonderlic Test and Find Out on the Bleacher Report, and I thought I’d take it. I wanted to say I aced the 15 sample questions, but I didn’t. I received an embarrassing score of 8 out of 15 last year – this year I scored a 10 out of 15 😉 I know what you’re thinking, you only improved 2pts and knew the questions! I’ve never been a good test taker. Give me a written exam, and I will make magic happen;] I digress, for those that are scratching their heads wondering what exactly a Wonderlic Test is, it’s basically a cognitive test that NFL football players are given to gauge their intelligence. In more specific terms, “Players are presented 50 questions to be completed in 12 minutes. The questions are designed to test a person’s capacity to learn and ability to problem-solve, although the correlation between a high Wonderlic score and NFL success is debatable.” If you would like to take the sample test and see how you measure up, go [here].

To the actual activity, students will watch the media clip, below, to give them some context to what they will be doing. Students will then be given 12 minutes to take the sample version of the Wonderlic Test [here]. I will then go over the answers while students keep track of their score and tally up the numbers. Students will come back together for group discussion and share scores if they feel up to it – I will share my score to break the ice. I will also be sharing the scores of popular NFL players in order to start a discussion about work ethic and test taking. The activity will take place on 3/13/14. This activity will hopefully lead into a teacher/student guided discussion about test anxiety and how we deal with being anxious about test taking. Our state standardized tests come up next month…

Notable Wonderlic Test Scores:

Adrianne Peterson: 16

Tom Brady: 33

Aaron Rodgers: 35

Randy Moss: 12

Peyton Manning: 28

Cam Newton: 21

Andrew Luck: 37

A.J. Green:10

Joe Flacco: 27

Frank Gore: 6

Larry Fitzgerald: 18


Colin Kaepernick: 37

Troy Polamalu: 24

Michael Vick: 20

Ray Lewis: 13

Dan Marino: 15

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