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Percentages vs. Percentiles: What’s the Difference?

Written by Emily Peirce

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Percentages and percentiles are two related but different concepts that are critical to understanding most score reports from pre-employment tests.  Most people are extremely comfortable with the idea of percentages.  In school, all our assignments were graded with percentages. We use them to calculate sales tax.   They’re even on food packaging to express the recommended daily intake of vitamins per portion.  We come across them a lot in our day to day lives.  On the other hand, “percentile” is a similar word that means something very different, and you may not have encountered it before.  Here’s how you can distinguish between the two: 

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