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 their commitment to providing the most well-constructed, state-of-the-art measurements, Hogan is pleased to announce an update to the Global Norm.

Starting January 2nd, 2019 the Global Norm will be updated to represent 171,132 working adults from 180 countries and 46 languages. This updated new Global norm is more representative of the current global working population.

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. 

For ongoing projects or projects planned to span across this date, we therefore strongly recommend that you ensure all candidates for specific projects either complete the assessments before or after 2 January 2019. As the update entails changes in how some scales are scored, it may be more challenging to compare profiles completed before and after this date.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the Global Norm update, please contact us at or + 45 45 85 15 15.

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 our support team at or + 45 45 85 15 15.


Will this affect local norms?