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The Need for Normalization of CAT 2015 scores

The CAT 2015 is just around the corner with the first session to be conducted on 29th November 2015. In light of the same the official website recently posted the equating process and process for normalization of scores for the 2015 CAT exam.

The normalization of scores not only ensures fairness but there is also equity in comparison amongst the performances of the students appearing for the tests in two different slots. 

Requirement of the equating process

The exam is to be conducted in two different slots, i.e. 29th November 2015 and thus to bring about equity in the two different sessions, there will be different forms for administering the test across each of the sessions. A process for normalization of scores has been released for the same purpose.

This process for normalization of scores assists the students in adjusting for scale differences and location of score distributions which they are subjected to across different forms. The scaled scores which they will obtain through this process will then be converted into percentiles for the purpose of further short listing the candidates.

In the end the result will be inclusive of scaled scores from each of the section; Section I: Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, Section II: Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning.


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CAT 2015 normalization process to be different

Although there is not a considerable change in the normalization process for the 2015 CAT exam but there are changes because of the change in pattern. The exam for 2015 would be inclusive of the 50 questions in each section as against 30 questions and thus an increase in the time duration of the test.

Process similar to GATE

As per the process announced on the website the process of normalization which is being adopted for the 2015 CAT exam is quite similar ‘to the one adopted in other large educational selection tests conducted in India such as Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE)’.


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