# Measures of Central Tendency

# Find a Middle Ground

The measures of central tendency- mean, median, and mode- are quite simply three different ways of looking at the way numbers behave towards the middle of a data set. Knowing the behavior at the center can help us to better understand data.

## STEP 1: WATCH THE VIRTUAL CLASS VIDEO AND TAKE NOTES

### Make sure to note the following:

There are three measures of central tendency that you need to know for the GED® test: mean, median, and mode.

Mean: Also known as the average is the number you would get if all the data was shared equally. Simply total the data, then divide by the number of items in the data set*

Median: The median is the centermost number in an ordered data set*

Mode: The most commonly occurring item in a data set.

*See the GED® formula sheet for more information

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Understanding Mean, Median and Mode

Make a "cheat sheet" to help you remember mean, median, and mode.

## STEP 2: COMPLETE ONE LEVEL OF PRACTICE

### BEGINNING

Isolate each skill before practicing a mix of straightforward mean, median, and mode problems.

### EXPERIENCED

An assortment of mean, median, mode word problems that include rounding, charts and graphs.

### ADVANCED

A mix of tricky mean, median, and mode problems requiring close reading, algebra, and conversion skills.

## NEED MORE HELP? CHECK OUT THE SOLUTIONS AND EXAMPLE VIDEOS

Experienced 1 (Mean)

Experienced 2 (Mean)

Experienced 3 (Average)

Experienced 4 (Median)

Experienced 5 (Mode)

Looking for more challenging examples? Move on to the next lesson, "GED Style Mean, Median, Mode and Range" for a ton of GED style problems, tips, and tricks!