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User Guide for the Norm Scale Calculator


Norms are useful for the comparison of individual scores in a standardized test with the results of a norm population. The transformation of individual results into a norm score is usually based on the assumption of a normal distribution of values within the comparison group (see red line in the charts of the calculator). This means that many people have scores around the arithmetic mean and only few people have scores deviating extremly from the population mean.

A bunch of different scales exist which all aim at expressing the relative extremity of values. The Norm Scale Calculator simplifies the conversion between these different scales via moving the slider with the mouse or by entering the values in the appropriate text field and pressing RETURN. The program automatically calculates the other values.


Charts

The blue range within the charts highlights the normal range, indicating an avarage result. The dashed lines indicate the relative position of an individual compared to the normal population. There are two different distributions:

  1. density: The density function of the normal distribution is shown.
  2. cumulative: The cumulative density funtion is displayed. The y-axis shows the percent ranks corresponding to the respective norm scores.
Dichtefunktion kumulative Normalverteilung

Age Calculation

In order to choose the correct norms in psychological tests, it is necessary to calculate the exact age. Unfortunately, many errors occur at this stage of the analysis of the test results, potentially leading to drastic misinterpretations. Therefoe, with version 1.8 an age calculation module was introduced in the norm scale calculator. Please click on the calendar icon in the toolbar to start the age calculation.

Preferences

There are different conventions about which range is perceived as normal. The program has two different settings that influence the blue range marker and the verbal interpretation below the charts. You can access these settings via the "Tools" button:

  1. "European Convention": The range between z score -1 and +1 is set as the normal range. This equals 68% of the population.
  2. "American convention": The normal range lies between percent rank 25 and 75. The normal range therefore covers 50% of the population.

Norm Scales

The following norm scales are available:

Mean Standard Deviation
z Score 0 1
T Score 50 10
IQ Score 100 15
SW Score
(= "Standard Value", a scale used in German speaking countries)
100 10
WISC Score 10 3

Terms of Use

The Norm Scale Calculator may be used free of charge for privat or vocational activities (e.g. as psychologist, therapist ...). The software and any authorized copies that you make are the intellectual property of Psychometrica. You agree to hold Psychometrica harmless from any and all liabilities, losses, actions, damages, or claims (including all reasonable expenses, costs, and attorneys fees) arising out of using the software if they are not deliberately intended or caused by grossly negligent behavior of Psychometrica and its suppliers. We do not grant you the right to sublicense or distribute the software. You may not modify, adapt, translate or create derivative works based upon the software. You will not reverse engineer, decompile, disassemble or otherwise attempt to discover the source code of the software except to the extent you may be expressly permitted to reverse engineer or decompile under applicable law.

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