# How to Find the Mode From a Frequency Table (Mathematics Lesson)

# Finding the Mode From a Frequency Table

We can find the mode of a set of numbers that are presented in a frequency table.# How to Find the Mode from a Frequency Table

Finding the mode from a frequency table is easy.#### An Example Question

The frequency table below shows the test scores for a class of students.What is the mode test score?

Step 1

**Frequency**column. In our example, the largest number in the frequency column is 3.

Step 2

**Score**column in the same row. This is the mode.

The mode of the test scores is 6.

# A Real Example of How to Find the Mode From a Frequency Table

The mode can be used for non-numeric items (such as words and other objects) and sometimes there is more than one mode in a set of numbers.#### An Example Question

The frequency table below shows what type of pet a class of students have.What pet is the mode?

Step 1

**Frequency**column. In our example, the largest number in the frequency column is 15.

Step 2

**Pet**column in the same row as the highest frequencies. In our example, two entries have the highest frequencies (15). These are the mode.

Dogs and cats are the mode of the pets.

# Another Real Example of How to Find the Mode From a Frequency Table

The slider below gives another example of how to find the mode from a frequency table.# How to Find Other Averages from a Frequency Table

We can use a frequency table to find the other types of average: the mean and the median.Read more about finding the mean from a frequency table

Read more about finding the median from a frequency table

##### Interactive Test

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Here's a second test on finding the mode from a frequency table.

Here's a third test on finding the mode from a frequency table.

# There Isn't Always a Mode

Unlike the mean and median, there isn't always a mode.If all the numbers in the

**Frequency**column are the same then all numbers appear equally as often and there is no mode.

##### Note

# What Is a Frequency Table?

A frequency table shows how often (how*frequently*) each number appears in a list of numbers.

# What Is the Mode?

The mode is an average of a set of numbers.The mode is the number that appears most often in a set of numbers.

It is possible for a set of numbers to have no mode or multiple modes.

# Unimodal, Bimodal, Multimodal

- A set of data with one mode is
**unimodal**:

In the set above, 1 occurs most often, more than any other number. There is only one mode. - A set of data with two modes is
**bimodal**:

In the set above, 1 and 2 both occur the same number of times, which is more than any other number. There are two modes. - A set of data with more than one modes is
**multimodal**:

In the set above, 1, 2 and 3 all occur the same number of times, which is more than any other number.