Understanding Standardized Test Scores


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What is the term for the big 'umbrella' under which the vast majority of students fall when taking a standardized test?

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1. The fifth stanine contains how many percentiles?

2. Over two thirds of students will fall somewhere within how many standard deviations of the 50th percentile on a test?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Standardized tests attempt to measure a student's performance compared to his or her peers in the same grade. Answer these quiz questions to see how well you understand the types of scores you can find in standardized test results.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You can use the practice questions in this quiz to test yourself on:

  • How standard deviations are related to performance
  • The type of test score that can be translated into a standard score
  • Percentiles contained within a given stanine

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - show that you comprehend the associated lesson about standardized test interpretation
  • Defining key concepts choose the correct term related to testing when given the definition
  • Knowledge application - apply your understanding of the fifth stanine to answer a question about the number of percentiles found in it

Additional Learning

If you want to expand your knowledge of what standardized test scores mean, read the accompanying lesson called Understanding Standardized Test Scores. In this lesson, you'll review:

  • Why standardized test results are difficult to understand
  • Math terms related to students' test performance
  • Five types of standardized test scores and how to interpret each
  • What teachers should expect about a student's test scores year after year