Normed Score

A ‘normed’ score is a total score on an assessment for an individual that has been compared against a group of individuals who have previously completed the same assessment; this is often provided as a ‘percentile’ (but can also be T-Score, Sten Score etc) which highlights the percentage of candidates the individual has done better than. Imagine a test consisting of 20 questions, which means a maximum possible score achievable is 20, is given to hundreds of individuals, from whom no one achieves a score greater than 15; then if a new candidate takes this test and achieves a score of 16, 17, 18, 19 or 20, they would be deemed to be at the 99th percentile, irrespective of which score above 15 they achieve. This is because they have done better than 99% of the comparison group.

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