## How to Find the Mode from a Frequency Table

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

The frequency table below shows the test scores for a class of students. What is the mode test score?## Step-by-Step:

## 1

Find the largest number in the

**Frequency**column. In our example, the largest number in the frequency column is 3.## 2

Read off the entry in the

**Score**column in the same row. This is the mode.## Answer:

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.## Question

The frequency table below shows what type of pet a class of students have. What pet is the mode?## Step-by-Step:

## 1

Read off the entry in the

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

Dogs and cats are the mode of the pets.## Interactive Widget

Here is an interactive widget to help you learn about finding the mode from a frequency table.## Beware

## 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 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.

## You might also like...

statisticsfinding the median from a frequency tablefinding the range from a frequency tableunderstanding cumulative frequency tables

#### Help Us Improve Mathematics Monster

- Do you disagree with something on this page?
- Did you spot a typo?

__this form__.

#### Find Us Quicker!

- When using a search engine (e.g., Google, Bing), you will find Mathematics Monster quicker if you add
**#mm**to your search term.

#### Share This Page

If you like Mathematics Monster (or this page in particular), please link to it or share it with others.

If you do, __please tell us__. It helps us a lot!

#### Create a QR Code

Use our handy widget to create a QR code for this page...or any page.