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The Mean vs the Median: Differences & Uses

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You have a set of numbers you are working with to provide some data. You add them all up and divide that sum by the total number of values in your set. What statistic did you just produce?

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1. With what kind of value set does the mean provide the best representation?

2. To find the median of a set of values, what is the first thing one must do?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will help you demonstrate your understanding of the uses of mean and median. You'll be assessed on your ability to find the mean and median in given practice problems.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following:

  • The definition of mean
  • The definition of median
  • Determining the mean and median of given data sets

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related median and mean lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - understand the difference between the mean and median
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about averages in a different light
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve mean and median practice problems

Additional Learning

Get step-by-step explanations and examples in our lesson called The Mean vs. the Median: Differences, Uses, Lesson & Quiz. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Explain when the median would be useful
  • Recognize when the mean would be useful
  • Find the mean or median in given problems
  • Differentiate between mean and median
  • Understand mean and average are the same
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