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Area to the Right of a z score (How to Find it)

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How to find the Area to the Right of a z score

There are a few ways to find the area to the right of a z-score where z is less than the mean. With any word problem like this, you’ll need to consult the z-table. The z-table gives you the area between points (i.e. the area to the right of a z score). Once you know how to read a z-table, finding the area only takes seconds!

If you are looking for other variations of word problems like this (for example, finding the area for a value between 0 and any z-score, or between two z-scores, see the normal distribution curve index). That index also includes pictures of all the different types of areas under the normal distribution curve to assist you with choosing the right article to guide you through the process.

How to find the Area to the Right of a z score: Steps

area to the right of a z score

area to the right of a z-score (z is less than the mean)

Step 1:Split your z-value up by decimal places. For example, 0.46 becomes 0.4 + 0.06.

Step 2: Look in the z-table for the given z-value. In order to look up a value in the z-table, find the intersection. The table below shows the result for 0.46 (0.4 in the left hand column and 0.06 in the top row. the intersection is .1772).

z 0.00 0.01 0.02 0.03 0.04 0.05 0.06 0.07 0.08 0.09
0.0 0.0000 0.0040 0.0080 0.0120 0.0160 0.0199 0.0239 0.0279 0.0319 0.0359
0.1 0.0398 0.0438 0.0478 0.0517 0.0557 0.0596 0.0636 0.0675 0.0714 0.0753
0.2 0.0793 0.0832 0.0871 0.0910 0.0948 0.0987 0.1026 0.1064 0.1103 0.1141
0.3 0.1179 0.1217 0.1255 0.1293 0.1331 0.1368 0.1406 0.1443 0.1480 0.1517
0.4 0.1554 0.1591 0.1628 0.1664 0.1700 0.1736 0.1772 0.1808 0.1844 0.1879
0.5 0.1915 0.1950 0.1985 0.2019 0.2054 0.2088 0.2123 0.2157 0.2190 0.2224

Step 3: Add 0.500 to the z-value you just found in step 2.

That’s it!

Note 1: You’re adding the .500 because that’s the right side of the graph (i.e. 50%)
Note 2. Because the graphs are symmetrical, you can ignore the negative z-values and just look up their positive counterparts. For example, if you are finding an area to the right of a z score and the area of a tail on the left is -0.46, just look up 0.46.

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Area to the Right of a z score (How to Find it) was last modified: October 12th, 2017 by Stephanie

3 thoughts on “Area to the Right of a z score (How to Find it)

  1. Dom

    Hi Stephanie,

    Sorry – this may be the first of many queries as just discovered your site & it’s great.

    First query for this one – we know that the right-side of the curve = 0.5 (which is why we add this on).

    So why is the table shown using the z-table for the right of the curve? (i.e. (i.e. shouldn’t it be using the z-table for the left of the curve & be 0.6772?)


  2. Andale

    The z-table is a mirror(the area between 0 and say, .2 would be the same as 0 and -.2). As the left table gives you the area between negative infinity and a z-value, you can’t use that. You have to use the right z table, to give you a value between 0 and any z-score (positive or negative)