Development and Validation of the Wonderlic Universal Cognitive Ability Test
Leatherwood, Justin P.
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The Wonderlic Classic Cognitive Ability Test (WPT) is perhaps the most highly regarded and widely used measure of cognitive ability. In recent years, use of the WPT has increasingly grown outside of the United States. However, due to time, monetary, and validity concerns, it is not feasible to translate the WPT into every language and dialect requested by companies. As a result, Wonderlic began the development of the Wonderlic Universal Cognitive Ability Test (WUCAT), a measure of cognitive ability intended to imitate the functionality of the WPT that can be used regardless of a test taker's primary language. Overall, the WUCAT demonstrates great promise and utility, as each subsequent version's correlation with the WPT has grown stronger. This paper describes an intermediary study on version 10 of the WUCAT that examined the effectiveness of six new item types as well as some new items from existing item types, and reorganized the test based on difficulty data collected from previous versions of the WUCAT. The study of version 10 yielded encouraging results that led to a number of new ideas for version 11 of the WUCAT. The background, development, significance, limitations, and future directions of the WUCAT are discussed.