Originally Posted by

**jsterkel**
Ok, earlier you said "I arranged the exam scores from lowest to highest."

That's perfect.

If the number of values is odd, the median will be the single value in the middle. For instance, in the list 1,2,3,4,5 the median is 3, because there are 2 values higher than 3, and 2 values lower than 3.

If the number of values is even (1,2,3,4,5,6) we have to average the two "in the middle". So we will look at 3 and 4. There are two numbers smaller than 3, and two numbers higher than 4. The average of 3 and 4 is 3.5. So 3.5 is our median.

Now, your list is longer, but it's basically the same. Since 50 is an even number, we are looking for 2 values, but which two? If we want the two in the middle, that means that there are 48 that we don't want. Half of 48 is 24, so we want 24 numbers smaller than the "two in the middle", and 24 bigger than the "two in the middle".

The ones you are looking for are the 25th and 26th values in your list.

Hope this helps.

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