"While a thorough knowledge of the books is essential to achieving a good grade at W.O.M.B.A.T., you will need inspiration as well as information, applying what you know, whether by deducing the correct answer or by making intelligent guesses."
-- J K Rowling's original website
W.O.M.B.A.T. stands for Wizards’ Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Test. It is administered by the Wizarding Examinations Authority. The head of this Authority is Griselda Marchbanks, CDMG, APMD, fbBB (JKR).
These tests could be taken by Muggles as well as wizards, but the Wizarding Examinations Authority “does not believe that any Muggle would have the degree of inner-knowledge required to achieve a pass.”
The W.O.M.B.A.T. test Grade 1 appeared on J K Rowling’s website on March 31, 2006 (JKR-W1).
The Grade 2 W.O.M.B.A.T. test appeared on September 29, 2006 (JKR-W2).
The final W.O.M.B.A.T. test, Grade 3, appeared on June 14, 2007 (JKR-W3).
The test consisted of questions which required an extensive knowledge of canon and an intuitive understanding of the Wizarding world to answer. A number of the questions required educated guesses, since sufficient information to answer them definitively was not available.
In order to find out their score after completing the tests, students needed to click on the W.O.M.B.A.T. Student Identification Card setting on the keyboard of Jo's desk. This opened a screen with a larger version of the card where they could enter their personal Code that was issued on completion of the test. Entering the code brought them to a view of a wall with two shelves and a magical clock (reminiscent of Mrs. Weasley's) which indicated the progress of the test scoring.
The clock had only one "hand", a pointer, and three positions:
- PAPER BEING MARKED
- RESULTS IN THE POST
- RESULTS DELIVERED
Failing grades were delivered in a smaller envelope.
Clicking the envelope opened it and a certificate appeared, indicating the awarded classification.
- Exceeds Expectations
The certificate could be printed. Closing the certificate placed it in a frame on the wall.
Closing the failed letter placed it on the lower shelf.
Grade 1 results (pass)
This is to certify that you have passed W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade 1 and have been awarded the classification of
Your exemplary powers of deduction and a formidable knowledge of the inner workings of the magical world reveal you to be a witch or wizard of genuine skill and learning. This first examination has barely tested you. We look forward to challenging you to a further and more difficult examination in due course.
- Exceeds Expectations
Well done - a most creditable performance! We are impressed by the breadth of your magical knowledge and your level of insight into the wizarding world. We hope that you will attempt our next, and more difficult, examination in due course.
We are pleased to tell you that you have passed your Grade 1 W.O.M.B.A.T. Your knowledge of the workings of the wizarding world demonstrates real magical potential. We hope that you will continue to study further and attempt W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade 2 in due course.
Grade 1 results (fail)
This is to certify that you have failed W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade 1 and have been awarded the classification of
Alas - we regret to inform you that you have narrowly failed your Grade 1 W.O.M.B.A.T. This may have been due to factors outside your control (eg: poltergeist intervention, examination nerves or a malfunctioning quill.). Please do not disconsolate. Another examination will present itself in due course, should you wish to try again.
We are sorry to inform you that you have failed your Grade 1 W.O.M.B.A.T. A little further study of the textbooks (Harry Potters 1- 6) is recommended. Should you wish to try again, a grade 2 W.O.M.B.A.T. will present itself in due course.
You would appear either to have abandoned the test due to factors outside your control (eg, earthquake, poltergeist attack), or else you are a troll, in which case you are to be congratulated on being able to use a computer and have achieved the grade of O.F.T. (Outstanding for Trolls).
Grade 2 results (pass)
This is to certify that you have passed W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade 2 and have been awarded the classification of
You have succeeded admirably where many of your fellow witches and wizards have failed! We are delighted to inform you that you have passed with distinction and honour. We would most earnestly recommend that you proceed to the third, and final, W.O.M.B.A.T. in due course. Very well done indeed!
- Exceeds Expectations
The examiners are most impressed by your thoughtful and intelligent answers and are pleased to inform you that your marks place you well above the average. You have demonstrated a high standard of magical knowledge. We hope very much that you will pursue your studies, culminating in the third and final W.O.M.B.A.T. in a few months' time.
You have comfortably satisfied the requirements of the examiners, who are pleased to inform you that you have passed your Grade 2 W.O.M.B.A.T. You are evidently a witch or wizard of skill and learning and we hope that you will continue your studies and attempt the third, and final, W.O.M.B.A.T. when examination time comes again.
Grade 2 results (fail)
This is to certify that you have failed W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade 2 and have been awarded the classification of
We are sorry to have to inform you that you have failed your Grade 2 W.O.M.B.A.T. by the merest whisker. We hope that this will not dissuade you from attempting Grade 3 in due course. In the meantime, we advise chocolate to stave off a Dementor attack.
We regret to say that you have failed your Grade 2 W.O.M.B.A.T. We would advise a little further study of the textbooks (Harry Potters 1 - 6) and a course of Concentration Capsules. We hope that this disappointment will not dissuade you from attempting Grade 3 W.O.M.B.A.T. in due course.
Although this was a difficult examination, it was quite an achievement for you to score zero. We are forced to conclude that you were either making a rebellious statement about the futility of formal education (in which case you are probably a member of a subversive goblin group), or that you were too busy attempting to eat the examination paper to notice the questions (in which case, you are a troll).
Grade 3 results (pass)
This is to certify that you have passed W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade 3 and have been awarded the classification of
You are a witch or wizard of extraordinary flair and sagacity. Very few candidates achieve 'Outstanding' at Grade 3 W.O.M.B.A.T. Have you ever considered a teaching post at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Application owls from such highly qualified candidates are always welcome. Heartiest congratulations!
- Exceeds Expectations
This excellent result proves you to be a witch or wizard of considerable learning. You have proven yourself to be part of the academic elite, and the Wizarding Examinations Authority was most impressed by your paper. The Ministry of Magic is always on the lookout for accomplished recruits such as yourself and would welcome your application owl. Very well done indeed!
You have passed the final and most difficult W.O.M.B.A.T and are to be highly commended. Many of your fellow candidates were less fortunate. Your new qualification will stand you in good stead should you wish to join any of our more prestigious wizarding firms. Flourish & Blotts, the Nimbus Broom Company and Weasleys' Wizarding Wheezes are all currently recruiting, and would be delighted to receive an application owl.
Grade 3 results (fail)
This is to certify that you have failed W.O.M.B.A.T. Grade 3 and have been awarded the classification of
Do not be disheartened. You have only narrowly failed this most demanding examination, and with a little further study would be sure to pass. You are to be congratulated on a good attempt. We recommend a crammer course of evening classes. Send an owl for full details of the Wallop the Wombat Revision Course, available from the Kwikspell Company.
Do not take your grade too much to heart, for this was an extremely difficult examination. A new textbook will be available on July 21st 2007, which will enable more effective study. In the meantime, console yourself with the thought that there were a large number of Trolls.
You achieved the remarkable result of having a negative score. The examiners were rather impressed by this achievement, and have asked to interview you in person to ascertain whether you are truly a grunting club-wielder, or some kind of subversive genius. Send an owl (preferably alive, un-mangled and carrying a letter) to Griselda Marchbanks, CDMG, APMO, fdBB, Wizarding Examinations Authority, Ministry of Magic, to arrange an interview.
WOMBAT Grade 1 questions with Lexicon editors' commentary: JKR-W1.
WOMBAT Grade 2 questions with Lexicon editors' commentary: JKR-W2.
WOMBAT Grade 3 questions with Lexicon editors' commentary: JKR-W3.
From the Web
The W.O.M.B.A.T. tests reformatted: Reddit.com post