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Z-table (Right of Curve or Left)

Contents:

  1. What is a Z Table?
  2. Z Table (Right)
  3. Z Table (Left)

What is a Z Table: Overview

The z-table is short for the “Standard Normal z-table”. The Standard Normal model is used in hypothesis testing, including tests on proportions and on the difference between two means. The area under the whole of a normal distribution curve is 1, or 100 percent. The z-table helps by telling us what percentage is under the curve at any particular point.

What is a Z Table: Standard Normal Probability

Every set of data has a different set of values. For example, heights of people might range from eighteen inches to eight feet and weights can range from one pound (for a preemie) to five hundred pounds or more. Those wide ranges make it difficult to analyze data, so we “standardize” the normal curve, setting it to have a mean of zero and a standard deviation of one. When the curve is standardized, we can use a Z Table to find percentages under the curve.

Percentages under the curve

what is a z-table used for
This graph shows the standardized normal graph with the percentage of results (data) that will fall between standard deviations on that graph. For example, 68.27 percent of results will fall within one standard deviation of the mean. On this graph, it’s represented by two z-scores from the z table: the area between z = -1 and z = 1.

The z-table

Obviously a graph can only give us so much information. The above graph can tell us the area under the curve for one (z = -1 to 1), two (z = -2 to 2) and three (z = -3 to 3) standard deviations from the center. But what about if we want to know the area between z = -0.78 and z = 0.78? Or z = -1.2 and z=0.44? That’s where the z-table comes in. It tells us the area under the standard normal curve for any value between the mean (zero) and any z-score.

Why Are There at least Two z-tables?

Simply, it’s to make life easier. Sometimes you’ll want to know the area between the mean and some positive value. That’s when you’ll use the right-hand z-table. But other times you might want to know the area in a left tail. If that’s the case, use the z-table that shows the area to the left of z.

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Z-Table (right)

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This z-table (normal distribution table) shows the area to the right hand side of the curve. Use these values to find the area between z=0 and any positive value. For an area in a left tail, look at this left-tail z-table instead.

z table

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
0.6 0.2257 0.2291 0.2324 0.2357 0.2389 0.2422 0.2454 0.2486 0.2517 0.2549
0.7 0.2580 0.2611 0.2642 0.2673 0.2704 0.2734 0.2764 0.2794 0.2823 0.2852
0.8 0.2881 0.2910 0.2939 0.2967 0.2995 0.3023 0.3051 0.3078 0.3106 0.3133
0.9 0.3159 0.3186 0.3212 0.3238 0.3264 0.3289 0.3315 0.3340 0.3365 0.3389
1.0 0.3413 0.3438 0.3461 0.3485 0.3508 0.3531 0.3554 0.3577 0.3599 0.3621
1.1 0.3643 0.3665 0.3686 0.3708 0.3729 0.3749 0.3770 0.3790 0.3810 0.3830
1.2 0.3849 0.3869 0.3888 0.3907 0.3925 0.3944 0.3962 0.3980 0.3997 0.4015
1.3 0.4032 0.4049 0.4066 0.4082 0.4099 0.4115 0.4131 0.4147 0.4162 0.4177
1.4 0.4192 0.4207 0.4222 0.4236 0.4251 0.4265 0.4279 0.4292 0.4306 0.4319
1.5 0.4332 0.4345 0.4357 0.4370 0.4382 0.4394 0.4406 0.4418 0.4429 0.4441
1.6 0.4452 0.4463 0.4474 0.4484 0.4495 0.4505 0.4515 0.4525 0.4535 0.4545
1.7 0.4554 0.4564 0.4573 0.4582 0.4591 0.4599 0.4608 0.4616 0.4625 0.4633
1.8 0.4641 0.4649 0.4656 0.4664 0.4671 0.4678 0.4686 0.4693 0.4699 0.4706
1.9 0.4713 0.4719 0.4726 0.4732 0.4738 0.4744 0.4750 0.4756 0.4761 0.4767
2.0 0.4772 0.4778 0.4783 0.4788 0.4793 0.4798 0.4803 0.4808 0.4812 0.4817
2.1 0.4821 0.4826 0.4830 0.4834 0.4838 0.4842 0.4846 0.4850 0.4854 0.4857
2.2 0.4861 0.4864 0.4868 0.4871 0.4875 0.4878 0.4881 0.4884 0.4887 0.4890
2.3 0.4893 0.4896 0.4898 0.4901 0.4904 0.4906 0.4909 0.4911 0.4913 0.4916
2.4 0.4918 0.4920 0.4922 0.4925 0.4927 0.4929 0.4931 0.4932 0.4934 0.4936
2.5 0.4938 0.4940 0.4941 0.4943 0.4945 0.4946 0.4948 0.4949 0.4951 0.4952
2.6 0.4953 0.4955 0.4956 0.4957 0.4959 0.4960 0.4961 0.4962 0.4963 0.4964
2.7 0.4965 0.4966 0.4967 0.4968 0.4969 0.4970 0.4971 0.4972 0.4973 0.4974
2.8 0.4974 0.4975 0.4976 0.4977 0.4977 0.4978 0.4979 0.4979 0.4980 0.4981
2.9 0.4981 0.4982 0.4982 0.4983 0.4984 0.4984 0.4985 0.4985 0.4986 0.4986
3.0 0.4987 0.4987 0.4987 0.4988 0.4988 0.4989 0.4989 0.4989 0.4990 0.4990
3.1 0.4990 0.4991 0.4991 0.4991 0.4992 0.4992 0.4992 0.4992 0.4993 0.4993
3.2 0.4993 0.4993 0.4994 0.4994 0.4994 0.4994 0.4994 0.4995 0.4995 0.4995
3.3 0.4995 0.4995 0.4995 0.4996 0.4996 0.4996 0.4996 0.4996 0.4996 0.4997
3.4 0.4997 0.4997 0.4997 0.4997 0.4997 0.4997 0.4997 0.4997 0.4997 0.4998
3.5 0.4998 0.4998 0.4998 0.4998 0.4998 0.4998 0.4998 0.4998 0.4998 0.4998
3.6 0.4998 0.4998 0.4999 0.4999 0.4999 0.4999 0.4999 0.4999 0.4999 0.4999
3.7 0.4999 0.4999 0.4999 0.4999 0.4999 0.4999 0.4999 0.4999 0.4999 0.4999
3.8 0.4999 0.4999 0.4999 0.4999 0.4999 0.4999 0.4999 0.4999 0.4999 0.4999

Left Z-Table

This table shows the area to the left of Z. In other words, the area of a left hand tail. If you want to find the value between z=0 and a positive number, use the right-hand z-table (above) instead (Hint: if you’re asked to look at the “z-table”, in most cases you’ll want to be looking at the other z-table!)

Z 0.00 0.01 0.02 0.03 0.04 0.05 0.06 0.07 0.08 0.09
0.0 0.5000 0.5040 0.5080 0.0120 0.0160 0.0199 0.5239 0.0279 0.0319 0.0359
0.1 0.5398 0.5438 0.5478 0.5517 0.5557 0.5596 0.5636 0.5675 0.5714 0.5753
0.2 0.5793 0.5832 0.5871 0.5910 0.5948 0.5987 0.6064 0.1064 0.6103 0.6141
0.3 0.6179 0.6217 0.6255 0.6293 0.6331 0.6368 0.6406 0.6443 0.6480 0.6517
0.4 0.6554 0.6591 0.6628 0.6664 0.6700 0.6736 0.6772 0.6808 0.6844 0.6879
0.5 0.6915 0.6950 0.6985 0.7019 0.7054 0.7088 0.7123 0.7157 0.7190 0.7224
0.6 0.7257 0.7291 0.7324 0.7357 0.7389 0.7422 0.7454 0.7486 0.7517 0.7549
0.7 0.7580 0.7611 0.7642 0.7673 0.7704 0.7734 0.7764 0.7794 0.7823 0.7852
0.8 0.7881 0.7910 0.7939 0.7967 0.7995 0.8023 0.8051 0.8078 0.8106 0.8133
0.9 0.8159 0.8186 0.8212 0.8238 0.8264 0.8289 0.8315 0.8340 0.8365 0.8389
1.0 0.8413 0.8438 0.8461 0.8485 0.8508 0.8531 0.8554 0.8577 0.8599 0.8621
1.1 0.8643 0.8665 0.8686 0.8708 0.8729 0.8749 0.8770 0.8790 0.8810 0.8830
1.2 0.8849 0.8869 0.8888 0.8907 0.8925 0.8944 0.8962 0.8980 0.8997 0.9015
1.3 0.9032 0.9049 0.9066 0.9082 0.9099 0.9115 0.9131 0.9147 0.9162 0.9177
1.4 0.9192 0.9207 0.9222 0.9236 0.9251 0.9265 0.9279 0.9292 0.9306 0.9319
1.5 0.9332 0.9345 0.9357 0.9370 0.9382 0.9394 0.9406 0.9418 0.9429 0.9441
1.6 0.9452 0.9463 0.9474 0.9484 0.9495 0.9505 0.9515 0.9525 0.9535 0.9545
1.7 0.9554 0.9564 0.9573 0.9582 0.9591 0.9599 0.9608 0.9616 0.9625 0.9633
1.8 0.9641 0.9649 0.9656 0.9664 0.9671 0.9678 0.9686 0.9693 0.9699 0.9706
1.9 0.9713 0.9719 0.9726 0.9732 0.9738 0.9744 0.9750 0.9756 0.9761 0.9767
2.0 0.9772 0.9778 0.9783 0.9788 0.9793 0.9798 0.9803 0.9808 0.9812 0.9817
2.1 0.9821 0.9826 0.9830 0.9834 0.9838 0.9842 0.9846 0.9850 0.9854 0.9857
2.2 0.9861 0.9864 0.9868 0.9871 0.9875 0.9878 0.9881 0.9884 0.9887 0.9890
2.3 0.9893 0.9896 0.9898 0.9901 0.9904 0.9906 0.9909 0.9911 0.9913 0.9916
2.4 0.9918 0.9920 0.9922 0.9925 0.9927 0.9929 0.9931 0.9932 0.9934 0.9936
2.5 0.9938 0.9940 0.9941 0.9943 0.9945 0.9946 0.9948 0.9949 0.9951 0.9952
2.6 0.9953 0.9955 0.9956 0.9957 0.9959 0.9960 0.9961 0.9962 0.9963 0.9964
2.7 0.9965 0.9966 0.9967 0.9968 0.9969 0.9970 0.9971 0.9972 0.9973 0.9974
2.8 0.9974 0.9975 0.9976 0.9977 0.9977 0.9978 0.9979 0.9979 0.9980 0.9981
2.9 0.9981 0.9982 0.9982 0.9983 0.9984 0.9984 0.9985 0.9985 0.9986 0.9986
3.0 0.9987 0.9987 0.9987 0.9988 0.9988 0.9989 0.9989 0.9989 0.9990 0.9990

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Z-table (Right of Curve or Left) was last modified: October 12th, 2017 by Stephanie

17 thoughts on “Z-table (Right of Curve or Left)

  1. parry krish

    Hi Khalid,

    How to calculate the minimum and max value using standard deviation in the Z table,

    Thanks in advance.
    Parry Krish

  2. Alberto

    on z chart finding .475 value using my book, it is not near 1.96. how can .475 value be translated into 1.96 using a regular z chart book?

    regards

  3. Felicia Ruelas

    What do I do if I have a test and don’t have this table to help me figure out the curves…and I just have my calc?

  4. gregory lewis

    page 69 of cheating book on step 10 shows a negative number. How does the the area for -1.819 become .4706 on this table? Looking at the horizontal z- parameter 0.09 and matching it up w/ the vertical parameter 1.8 is not to clear. Please advise. TX.

  5. Andale

    Gregory, if you look at the .4706 entry in the center of the z-table (use CTRL F and search for it), you’ll see it corresponds to a z value of 1.8 (in the left column) and 0.09 in the row.

  6. Andale

    I would need a bit more information. Are you saying you have a z-value OF 5.025 and you need to find the area? If that’s the case, the area would be 1.

  7. JScott

    Need help with this problem. The question is “we would expect 80 of the children to have an IQ of ___ or lower. The mean is 90.11 and the standard deviation is 14.43. Step by step of how i obtain the answer please. Thank you

  8. Ary

    I am given this: Find the Z-score such that the area under the standard normal curve to the right is 0.32. I don’t know what to do. I try but I was told that the answer is 47 and I get a totally different answer. Please help me!

  9. Andale

    Hi, Ary,
    I would clarify the question from whomever gave it to you. Z-scores run from -4 to 4; it’s not possible to have a z-score of 47.

  10. Andale

    Your table is the area of a left tail. For example, the z-value at 1 is the area to the entire left of 1 (.8413). The table that is here — the right hand z-table — is for the area to the right of the mean — instead of the whole tail (.3413). All you need to do if you want the area back to -∞ is to add 50%. I find using a left and right table easier — but they are essentially the same thing :)