Well, person who never has had statistics, you are going to have to learn one word. You may heave heard it before in a different context. I submit to you NORMALIZE.

In this case, it means to invent a comparative measure so that different types of scores can be compared. Fortunately, the statistics wizards have done it already. I like to describe it to persons who never have had statistics as "How far off is it, compared to how far off it's supposed ot be?"

Verbal

Score 81

Mean 50

Standard Deviation 20

How far off is it? 81 - 50 = 31

Compare to how far off it is suppsed to be. 31/20 = 1.55

Conclude: Well, then this person is 1.55 "supposed-to-be"s above where the average Joe is.

Quantitative

Score 6.4

Mean 0

Standard Deviation 5

How far off is it? 6.4 - 0 = 6.4

Compare to how far off it is suppsed to be. 6.4/5 = 1.28

Conclude: Well, then this person is 1.28 "supposed-to-be"s above where the average Joe is.

That's about it. Compare 1.55 to 1.28 and answer the question.

You may find more technical terms, such as z-score, Normal Deviation, something like that, but I promised that you would have to learn only one word, so I'll leave it at that. There might even be a formula sitting about, somehting like , but again, I don't want to muddy the waters.