CAT 2014 conducting authorities have declared the normalization methodology. It is a crucial piece of information for the candidates. The declared process is more or less on the same as before.
CAT 2014 shall involve administering a different Form of the Test across each of the 4 different Test Sessions. In order to ensure fairness and equity in comparison of performances of the candidates across different test sessions, the scores of the candidates shall be subjected to a process of Normalization.
The process of normalization of scores in earlier CAT exams was slightly different and was not much publicized due to which candidates used to remain confused about the equating and normalization of CAT scores process. A few of the court cases are still pending for disposal before the courts of Indore on this issue. However, CAT Centre 2014 has declared the process along with the various key components of the followed process to be adopted for score normalization in CAT 2014. This is going to help many aspirants and clear their questions if any in this regard.
According to CAT Centre 2014 “The process of Normalization is an established practice for comparing candidate scores across multiple Forms and is similar to those being adopted in other large educational selection tests conducted in India such as Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE).”
Scaled Scores for each Section (Section I: Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, Section II: Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning) and Total along with the Percentile shall be published.
IIMs declare “In order to ensure fairness and equity in comparison of performances of the candidates across different test sessions, the scores of the candidates shall be subjected to a process of Normalization. The Normalization process to be implemented shall adjust for location and scale differences of score distributions across different forms and the scaled scores obtained by this process shall be converted into percentiles for purposes of shortlisting.