Frequency distributions tell us the number of cases. In each category: of a category variable. Level of measurement drives statistical test you can use. Here"s the distribution of marks for test #1: Soc 222: frequency distribution of marks for test #1. Frequency = count, which is percentage in the column next to it. New document on web site: spss frequency distributions. Questions: the students were surveyed in different departments. This opens a box called frequencies : on the left: list of variable labels, variable names (depart) vs variable labels (department) In the lists, the variable name is given in [ ] square brackets! In the middle: an empty working area called variable(s) : below the variable list: a check box: ignore, option buttons on the right: ignore, action buttons on the bottom, ok to make the table, reset to start over again. Trick: expand the box sideways to read the variable labels.