The Wonderlic test isn’t going away. But another test is coming.
Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that the NFL will be adding a second aptitude test to this year’s Scouting Combine.
Details regarding the new test are scant, which makes it difficult for agents to properly prepare their clients for the new test.
Then again, some agents don’t bother to prepare their clients at all for the Wonderlic. Or to seek accommodations for those that may have learning disabilities. Other agents prepare their clients by giving them copies of the test obtained from friends or clients who work for NFL teams.
The end result is a collection of scores that are hardly reliable or indicative of a player’s true intelligence.
Breer explains that the new test won’t supplant the Wonderlic, in large part because teams still want to be able to make apples-to-apples comparisons between players from this year and past years. While that’s hardly a strong justification for continuing to use a 50-question test arguably should have gone the way of eight-track tapes, it’s apparently reason enough to keep using a flawed and outdated measurable.