# How to Find the Mode

## Finding the Mode

We can find the mode of a set of numbers.

Imagine a teacher wanted to find the class's average test score in mathematics. ## How to Find the Mode

The mode is found by counting how often each number appears in a set and selecting the one that appears most often.

### Question

What is the mode of the test scores below? # 1

List the numbers in numerical order (going from the smallest to the largest number).

6 7 7 9 10

# 2

Count how often each number appears.

• 6 appears 1 time.

• 7 appears 2 times.

• 9 appears 1 time.

• 10 appears 1 time.

# 3

Find the number that appears most often. The mode of the test scores is 7. ## How Find the Mode When There Are More Than One

Sometimes there is more than one mode in a set of numbers.

### Question

What is the mode of the test scores below? # 1

List the numbers in numerical order (going from the smallest to the largest number).

6 7 7 9 10 10

# 2

Count how often each number appears.

• 6 appears 1 time.

• 7 appears 2 times.

• 9 appears 1 time.

• 10 appears 2 times.

# 3

Find the number that appears most often. The modes of the test scores are 7 and 10. ## Slider

The slider below gives another example of finding the mode.

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What is a frequency table? Finding the mode from a frequency table Learn more about the mean ( interactive widget)