Global Norm Update

In 2011 Hogan launched the world’s most representative and diverse working adult normative sample. Known as Hogan’s Global Norm, it quickly became the industry standard and allowed for true global assessment comparisons.

Since introducing the Global Norm, Hogan has assessed millions of working adults. With our commitment to providing the most well-constructed, state-of-the-art measurements, Hogan is pleased to announce an update to our Global Norm.

Starting January 2nd, 2019 the Global Norm will be updated to represent 171,132 working adults from 180 countries and 46 languages. For those interested in learning more, a detailed technical report will be uploaded alongside our other technical manuals to the Hogan administrative portal (HALO) once the update is complete.

If you currently use the Global Norm, no additional action is necessary on your part. On January 2nd, 2019 this update will happen automatically, and all participant reports generated with Hogan’s Global Norm will enjoy the update.

As your partner in talent management, Hogan is committed to excellence in the development of the world’s foremost assessment solutions. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the Global Norm update, please contact your Hogan representative or send an inquiry to

Common Questions

Will the updated Global Norm produce shifts in scores?

The updated Global Norm will include minimal shifts in assessment scores with most scales shifting less than 5 percentile points. And, nearly 90% of all scale scores will fall in the same interpretation range; high scores will remain high scores and low scores will remain low scores.

How do I know what Norm I am currently using?

When administering assessments, a norm must be selected before a participant report can be generated. As a result, you can look up which norms were used to score a participant in the Hogan administrative portal, HALO. For any assistance with HALO settings, please contact Hogan Support at or your Hogan representative.

Should I be using Hogan’s Global Norm and/or what Norm set is right for me?

Please contact your Hogan representative for consultation around best practices.

How can Hogan help my organization through this transition?

Hogan’s Data Analytics team has been actively reviewing our off-the-shelf selection reports (e.g., Express, Leader BASIS) and client-specific profiles to make any necessary adjustments. If you currently have an assessment project that started in 2018 and will continue into 2019, our team is ready to work with you on any questions you may have.