To determine the median for a given range of test scores, we put all the scores in increasing order and find the one in the middle.

If you have an odd number of test-takers, this is easy. For instance, let’s say you have five candidates who take a skills test and their scores are:

65, 72, 78, 85, 92

Therefore, in this example, the median number is **78**.

If you have an even number of test scores, calculating the median requires another step: You find the two middle scores, add them together and divide by two. For instance, let’s say you have six candidates who take a skills test and their scores are:

63, 71, 78, 86, 90, 95

You take the two middle numbers, 78 and 86, add them together to get 164 and divide by 2, which gives you 82. Therefore, the median would be **82**.