How Do You Make a Frequency Table?


Quick Answer

To make a frequency table, draw a table with three columns and one header row. Label the columns "Value," "Tally" and "Frequency". Fill the first column with the data values in an ascending order. Fill the middle column with a tally count for each time a data value appears in the original set of numbers, then count up the tallies for each data value to obtain the frequency for each one.

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  1. Draw the table

    Draw a table with three columns and one header row at the top. Label the columns "Value," "Tally" and "Frequency," respectively.

  2. Fill in the first column

    Fill the data values in the first column in the ascending order. Begin with the smallest number at the top of the column.

  3. Fill in the tally column

    Working through the data, fill in the tally column. Add a tally mark in the tally column against the appropriate value for each value in the data set. If the number of tally marks exceeds four, write the fifth as a line crossing the first four, and repeat as needed to make groups of five tally marks.

  4. Fill in the frequency column

    Count the tallies of the smallest data value, and record the answer against the value in the frequency column. For instance, if there are five tally marks against the smallest value, its frequency is 5. Repeat for each value until all the tally marks have been counted.

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