Who's smarter - You or an NFL quarterback?

Find out right here via the Christian Science Monitor:


For many years, the National Football League has given the Wonderlic aptitude test to rookie players. The test has 50 questions with a 12-minute time limit. Put three minutes on the clock and try our shortened version of the test, created with sample questions from espn.com and testprepreview.com. Multiply the number of right answers you get by 3.85 to compare with full test results. Can you do better than NFL quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers (35) or Tom Brady (33) or Peyton Manning (28)? The average NFL quarterback scores 24 on the test, according Paul Zimmerman, author of "The New Thinking Man's Guide to Pro Football."

You know... I started this post without looking through all the questions - now I'm absolutely shocked that everyone wouldn't score perfectly (although the time limit is pretty tough!). It is absolutely ridiculous how easy the questions are.

Like this one:

Which number in the following group of numbers represents the smallest amount?
a. 7
b. .8
c. 31
d. .33
e. 2

If you want someone to make quick decisions I can see why this could be perceived as a valuable testing method.

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