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What do the percentiles mean that are found in the O*NET Ability Profiler Score Report?

Percentiles are a good way for an examinee to determine how their abilities compare to other people. Each percentile on the score report shows how strong that ability is for the user compared to a nationwide sample. The percentile score indicates the percentage of the norming group (a large sample exhibiting the characteristics of the general population) that scored at or below the level of the examinee. For example, a percentile score of 70 indicates that 70 percent of the norming group received a score that was less than or equal to the user's score. The average percentile score is 50, meaning that the average examinee would score at the 50th percentile for each ability.

 

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