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Technical Information


There are two options for scoring the MSCEIT. One option indicates a respondent’s correctness on the test as judged by a general consensus criterion. The second option indicates a respondent’s correctness on the test as judged by an expert criterion. Both options are standardized, meaning that scores do not directly reflect the number of items answered “right”, but rather the score relative to others who have taken the test.


The normative data for the MSCEIT was compiled from three samples. The combined total of these samples creates a normative base of 5,000 respondents that is representative of the US general population in terms of gender, age, ethnicity, and level of education.

Collecting normative data is an important part of test development. Norms establish a baseline against which all subsequent results are compared, and they enable the test developer to capture the characteristics of an 'average' respondent. Norms indicate the average performance on a test and the frequency of deviation above and below the average. The larger and more representative the normative database, the more accurate and indicative the results.