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Monday, October 31, 2005

Boston College Football Ranks #12 With a No. 2

Boston College football players perform well on an intelligence test recently profiled by The Wall Street Journal. Boston College placed 12th for performance on the Wonderlic Personnel Test, a standardized intelligence test primarily known for being administered to prospective NFL players.

The full results of the WSJ’s report are available here (PDF).

The Wonderlic is a 50-question exam designed to assess occupational aptitudes and problem-solving skills for a wide range of jobs. See how you fare with some sample questions. The WSJ quoted coach Tom O’Brien:
From the first moment we recruit a student-athlete, we tell them we expect them to leave BC as champions in the classroom, on the field and in the community.
Recent Boston College quarterbacks who have gone on to the NFL have scored well above the league average of 21:
  • Brian St. Pierre – 27
  • Tim Hasselbeck – 23
  • Matt Hasselbeck – 29
Notably, BC had the second highest graduation rate, behind only Stanford (for players entering school between 1994-1997). More recently, Boston College's football graduation rate has been reported as 95%, and BC received the American Football Coaches Association’s 2004 Academic Achievement Award for recording a 100% graduation rate when all members of the 1998-99 freshman class earned a degree.
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Comments on "Boston College Football Ranks #12 With a No. 2"


Anonymous AHL said ... (10/31/2005 01:49:00 PM) : 

That test is like a mini SAT, but come on: "Which month is the 9th month"?!


Blogger BC Eagle said ... (10/31/2005 02:00:00 PM) : 

Part of the challenge is finishing all the questions. In order to finish all 50 in 12 minutes, the test taker has to average 15 seconds per question. All will be able to figure out which month is 9th, but for some it might take 10+ seconds, so that will prevent them from finishing (because the tougher Qs might take 30-45 seconds for even the brightest test-takers).


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