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Why Renorm?

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Standardized tests that have been around for decades, such as the SAT or Stanford-Binet, are often renormed so that the number of questions needed to achieve the same score changes.

Why are standardized tests often renormed?

A

The tests have been revised to be more subjective as expectations of test questions have changed.

B

Tests are now scored by computer.

C

There has been a major trend towards using only verbal measures on intelligence tests, requiring a renorming.

D

Standardization requires that questions have been piloted on a similar population as the people taking a test, and the demographics, knowledge, experiences, and intelligence of test-takes has shifted over the decades.

E

Because of the Flynn Effect, scores on intelligence tests are going down.