nExamples of norm-referenced tests include the ACT, SAT, IQ tests, and tests that are graded on a curve.
nAnytime a test offers a percentile rank, it is a norm-referenced test.
nIf you score at the 80th percentile, that means that you scored better than 80% of people in your group.
nWhat are problems with norm-referenced tests?
nNorm-referenced tests are a good way to compensate for any mistakes that might be made in designing the measurement tool.
nFor example, what if Talia's Spanish test is too easy, and everybody aces it?
nIf it is a norm-referenced test, that's OK because you're not looking at the actual scores of the students but how well they did in relation to students in the same age group, grade, or class.