One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Assessed by reference to an empirical norm; specifically (of a test or examination) having performance criteria based on results previously achieved in it by a chosen sample of subjects, rather than by independent or absolute standards; marked or scored in such a way that predetermined proportions of candidates achieve the different grades, regardless of how they perform in absolute terms.
1960s. From norm + referenced.
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