Alooba Benchmarking

In the world of talent acquisition and employee assessment, understanding how an individual performs in relation to others can be invaluable. The Alooba Benchmark Score offers a comparative metric, tailored for each assessment, to gauge participants' performance against broader trends. Dive in to discover its calculation, application, and how to align it with your organization's unique requirements."

What is the Alooba Benchmark?

The Alooba Benchmark is a dynamic metric, tailored for each assessment you create. It is a score that represents a reliable estimate of what could be considered a "good" score. It is based on how people have performed on the specific questions included in that assessment in the past. Essentially, it offers you a standard to evaluate individual scores against.

How is the Alooba Benchmark Calculated?

The benchmark is derived from historical data, considering the performances of anyone who has taken the questions in the assessment. It aims to pinpoint a score that roughly represents the 80th percentile mark. This means if a participant scores at or above the benchmark, they are among the top 20% of anyone who has taken similar assessments on Alooba.

Remember, each time you create an assessment, a fresh Alooba Benchmark is generated for it. While it remains constant for an existing assessment, any new assessment will have its benchmark determined using all the latest available data.

Aggregated and Anonymized

Rest assured that the benchmark data is meticulously aggregated and anonymized to protect individual privacy. Personal identifiers are removed, and the data is grouped into statistical patterns that allow us to identify trends and industry standards without compromising any individual's data.

Where Can I See the Alooba Benchmark?

After Publishing an Assessment

Once you finish publishing an assessment, the Alooba Benchmark score will be shown.

The Alooba Benchmark shown after publishing an assessment

Assessment Passing Score

If the Alooba Benchmark is currently being used as the assessment passing score, it will be shown at the top of the Overview tab on the Assessment page.

Assessment Passing Score using the Alooba Benchmark

It's important to note that the display of the Alooba Benchmark Score relies on historical data availability. In cases where there might not be enough historical data to generate a meaningful benchmark, the Alooba Benchmark Score might not be available.

Using the Alooba Benchmark as the Assessment Passing Score

When you create a new assessment, Alooba automatically sets the passing score to the Alooba Benchmark. This is done to provide you with an initial standard, based on the broader performance trends of participants on similar questions.

However, while the Alooba Benchmark offers a valuable starting point, it's essential to remember that every role and organization has unique requirements. Here's how you can effectively use the Alooba Benchmark as your assessment's passing score:

  1. Initial Screening: Use the benchmark as a preliminary filter. Participants scoring at or above the benchmark have demonstrated a proficiency level that indicates they are likely to be near the top of the pool.
  2. Internal Calibration: Before finalizing the passing score based on the Alooba Benchmark, consider inviting a few team members to take the assessment. Their scores can provide additional context, helping you decide if the benchmark aligns with your expectations.
  3. Flexibility: The passing score can be adjusted at any time. If you find that the Alooba Benchmark is either too lenient or too stringent for your specific needs, you can modify the passing score accordingly.

The Alooba Benchmark is a supportive tool, complementing, not replacing, your judgment. It offers a data-driven perspective, but the final decision always rests with you, ensuring you find the best fit for your organization.

Editing the Passing Score

When you navigate to the assessment overview page there will be an edit icon next to the current passing score.

Edit icon for changing the assessment Passing Score

After clicking on the edit icon, you will see a dropdown menu item containing a list of available options for the passing score including the "Alooba Benchmark". By default, the passing score is set to the Alooba Benchmark Score. However, you retain the flexibility to customize the passing score according to your specific requirements.

The Alooba Benchmark Score on the assessment's overview page

After changing the passing score, click 'Save'.

Comparing scores against the market

Determining a participant's performance can be ambiguous without a reference point. The Alooba Benchmark serves as that point. Participants who score above the Alooba Benchmark Score signify a strong performance relative to market standards. These participants exhibit competencies that align with or exceed prevailing industry expectations.

For example, a score of 72% is impressive when the benchmark is 61%, but suggests room for improvement if the benchmark is 80%.

Limitations of the Alooba Benchmark

While the Alooba Benchmark is a valuable asset, it's essential to be aware of its boundaries:

  • The benchmark currently doesn't include scores from Coding or Free Response questions.
  • It's a general metric. While it offers a starting point, it should be used in tandem with other assessment data and specific insights about the role and your organization's needs.
  • The benchmark is based on available data at the time the assessment is first created and doesn't get recalculated over time for existing assessments but will be recalculated for new assessments.

Wrapping Up

The Alooba Benchmark showcases our commitment to providing actionable insights. By offering a comparative metric, we aim to assist you in making informed decisions, ensuring you identify and engage with top talent effectively. However, it's vital to use the Alooba Benchmark alongside other assessment data and insights specific to your organization. After all, every assessment and organizational requirement is distinct, making the benchmark a valuable, but singular, piece of the decision-making puzzle.

For further questions or clarifications, please contact your Alooba account manager.

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