# What is the difference between "percentile" and "percentage

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With the definition of the word "percentile" I found this exemple: "Ninety percent of the values lie at or below the ninetieth percentile, ten percent above it." What does it mean?

AND what is the difference between "percentile" and "percentage"

Lalneagra
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Suppose 100 people take a test of 50 items.

If one of them got 40 of the items correct, then the percentage that he got correct is 80. He got 80 percent of the items correct.

But we don't know what percentile he is in until we see what scores the other 99 people got.

Suppose that all 99 of those other people got only 60% (or fewer) of the items correct. Then the person who got 80% did better than all other 99 people. He did better than 99% of the whole group of 100, so he is in the 99th percentile.

CJ
Veteran Member51,982
Crystal clear. Thanks

Lalneagra
Why is "he" not in the 100th percentile and in the 99th percentile?! I thought you said he did better than all the other 99 people!
Full Member156
Anonymous:
how it is different from ranks
Anonymous:
Because there are only 100 people.
Anonymous:
hm.. This is a statistics-related term actually. Best answer is best.

Sumie
CalifJimSuppose that all 99 of those other people got only 60% (or fewer) of the items correct. Then the person who got 80% did better than all other 99 people. He did better than 99% of the whole group of 100, so he is in the 99th percentile.
How many percentiles are there? Anyway?
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Anonymous:
I am not sure of the exact definition, but I was always taught to think the following:-
percent/percentage is an Amount out of a hundred.
percentile is a Location within a group of a hundred