A non-standardized test is one that allows for an assessment of an individual's abilities or performances, but doesn't allow for a fair comparison of one student to another. This type of test contrasts standardized tests, such as state educational development tests and college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT.


Any type of verbal exam is typically a non-standardized test. These are commonly used in thesis presentations or final project presentations in classes. Essay tests are typically non-standardized, though some standardize tests to include assessments of writing abilities. Various other types of quizzes or exams prepared by instructors in which multiple responses are applicable are non-standardized tests.