How to Score Standard Progressive Matrices

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The Standard Progressive Matrices test developed by J.C. Raven is a standardized test that assesses nonverbal abilities at three distinct levels. These three levels that the test focuses on are the candidate's ability to observe, solve problems and learn. Scoring this test is important when determining a candidate's abilities in these areas.

  • Read and interpret the instruction manuals that come with the Raven's Standard Progressive Matrices test booklets and information. These manuals will help you determine the scores; they include answer keys and information about how to interpret the scores after you have administered the test.

  • Understand exactly what the test is measuring. The company that sells this test, the Raven's Standard Progressive Matrices tests will help you determine a candidate's ability to observe, solve problems and learn. By understanding what the test is measuring, you will gain the insight to not only calculate the scores but also interpret their meaning.

  • Convert any old scores that you have from previous test takers to the new Raven's Standard Progressive Matrices scores. This will help ensure that all comparisons you make are accurate. This information will be included with your manual. For example, if someone scored a 59 or 60 raw score on the previous test, the new Raven's Standard Progressive Matrices score for that test taker would be a 28.

  • Determine how the other test takers compare to the test taker whose scores you are analyzing. This involves creating a percentage. The score on the exam will also come with the percentile ranking for the test taker. The percentile ranking indicates the percentage of test takers whose score the test taker is better than.

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