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How the wonderlic test helps with your nursing career


If you’re aiming for a career in nursing, you probably already know about what is expected of you: you have to be, if not learn to be, proficient in medicine; have some form of empathy to provide good patient care; and be fit enough to endure the intense physical and emotional nature of the profession.

However, did you know that before all of this, there is a good chance that you will first have to pass a Wonderlic Test?

Although not utilized by all, a majority of nursing schools all over the United States actually use the Wonderlic Test, or its specialized nursing version of it called the Wonderlic Nursing Assessment Test, as part of their admission process.

Furthermore, hospitals and nursing agencies/nursing registries also include it in order to gauge if the prospective applicant meets the minimum cognitive and critical thinking standards that the company expects each and every would-be nurse of theirs to have.

That being said, let’s see just how doing well in the Wonderlic Test can help in your nursing career.

1. It opens up many opportunities

Like we’ve mentioned earlier, many companies and nursing schools utilize the Wonderlic Test as part of their hiring process or admission process respectively.

By studying how the Wonderlic Test works and doing well in it, you will be able to gain the ability to enter most, if not all, nursing schools or nursing registries that you are interested in.

In the case of the latter, this will be possible because the better your Wonderlic score is, the better your chances are of being chosen by the registry compared to a low-scoring applicant, thus securing your position and career for the better.

2. It is a preview of a live nursing testing environment

Many institutions use the Wonderlic Test because it simulates an environment that is suitable for nursing students.

The timed nature of the exam coupled with the large number of questions that they have to answer provides test-takers with a small preview of the pressure that a nurse can feel when a life-threatening emergency occurs at the hospital and one mistake can lead to death.

If you did well in the Wonderlic Test, you are giving the institution or the agency that you are a candidate that can keep their cool and do their job well even under pressure.

3. It provides proof of your critical thinking skills

Apart from your cognitive skills, every Wonderlic test also aims to measure the test-taker’s critical thinking skills.

As a nurse, the hospital will need to know that you have good critical thinking skills because at some point in your career, you will have to make the tough choice of having to choose between two or more patients who need medical attention.

Such a skill can be determined in the Wonderlic Test reliably. How?

This is because the test is a 50-question set that one has to answer within 12 minutes, meaning each person only has approximately 14 seconds each to answer everything.

The thing is, though, the Wonderlic Test itself was designed to have a number of ‘time traps’ whose purpose is nothing more than to try and make the test-taker waste time.

By knowing which questions are time traps, you are giving yourself more time to answer other easier questions.

In doing so, the hospital or nursing registry can be confident in you to make the right choice in an emergency situation where only you can make the call on who to save or provide medical attention first.

Where do we go from here?

Since it is established that a good Wonderlic score can help jumpstart a person’s nursing career, what you should do is to study and prepare for it as much as you can.

If you’re about to enter college and you’re looking for a nursing school, then it is very likely that you will be prescribed with either the Revised or QuickTest version of the Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam for Nursing.

The former is the 50-item/12 minute version of the test while the QuickTest is a shortened iteration of it with only 30 questions which must be answered within 8 minutes.

Fortunately, there are many online resources that you can turn to with most of them providing actual mock Wonderlic practice tests for both versions of the test, and taking full advantage of them can give you an edge over other applicants or students.

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