It is a matter of concern for CAT candidates that the exam is organized into two sessions at various time slots. This confuses most of the candidates of Common Admission Test (CAT) that on what basis will the marking be done and how will the ranks be issued to them?
Since the examination is organizing on various days, aspirants’ CAT score is subjected to normalization. Normalisation procedure helps in equating marks and identifying aspirant’s scores across multiple forms.
Here is an overview of what is the scoring system in CAT Exam and how is it normalized.
In CAT examination, an aspirant has honored three marks each for accurate response. Aspirants may note that no mark will be deducted for an unresponsive question. However, it also applies negative marking, since one mark each is deducted for every wrong response.
CAT exam which is organized on multiple days at multiple time slots generally maintains a uniform level of difficulty via the examination procedure. CAT is designed in an attitude which makes it difficult for aspirants to response all the questions correctly and thus chances for a perfect score are minimal.
Equating CAT Exams follows a psychometric procedure in order to adjust differences in difficulty level. The procedure is followed to keep a tab on comparable metric and be justified to aspirants who test across multiple days.
There are three phases in equating the CAT Exam:
Exam creation is a set of statistically-profiled questions. These questions are of comparable difficulty. These varied questions with the same difficulty levels are used in re-scaling aspirant’s score to the metric of the item bank.
These questions are analyzed properly and their difficulty level is put in a common metric.
Then, the raw score of the aspirant is scaled and scores are founded accordingly. This helps in awarding ranks to the aspirants.
The percentile rank is equated on the basis of percentage score that falls below a certainly specified score. With the total scale scores arranged in rank order from the lowest to highest in 100 equally sized groups, a table with the total scale scores to percentile ranks will be created. After the scores are identified and arranged, high scoring aspirant’s name will be identified from the top among high scorers and subsequent list of low scorers.
CAT follows an industry-standard and psychometrically sound three-step scoring procedure.
CAT scores are sub-normalized on the basis of three parts of the exam- Quantitative Reasoning, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Verbal and Reading Comprehension.
CAT exam score, which is valid for one year only, is converted into percentile form and the best scorer is highlighted at the top to up the level of competitiveness. The CAT score helps in short-listing of the applicable aspirants for further rounds.