chapter 3ASVAB Scores and Score Reports

The ASVAB is what is known as a norm-referenced test. As such, the scores are reported as standard scores. So, what exactly does this mean? Let’s find out.

Norm-Referenced Testing and Standard Scores

Scores on each of the subtests of the ASVAB are reported as standard scores, meaning that the scores are relative to the performance of a sample of test-takers. The sample, or reference group, includes people between the ages of 18 and 23 years old who represent the people who typically take this test. Norms are developed based on the scores of the reference group, and give a summary of the group’s performance. ...

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