Returns the Percentage Points (probability) for the Student tdistribution where a numeric value (x) is a calculated value of t for which the Percentage Points are to be computed. The tdistribution is used in the hypothesis testing of small sample data sets. Use this function in place of a table of critical values for the tdistribution.
Syntax
TDIST(x,degrees_freedom,tails)
X is the numeric value at which to evaluate the distribution.
Degrees_freedom is an integer indicating the number of degrees of freedom.
Tails specifies the number of distribution tails to return. If tails = 1, TDIST returns the onetailed distribution. If tails = 2, TDIST returns the twotailed distribution.
Remarks
 If any argument is nonnumeric, TDIST returns the #VALUE! error value.
 If degrees_freedom < 1, TDIST returns the #NUM! error value.
 The degrees_freedom and tails arguments are truncated to integers.
 If tails is any value other than 1 or 2, TDIST returns the #NUM! error value.
 If x < 0, then TDIST returns the #NUM! error value.
 If tails = 1, TDIST is calculated as TDIST = P( X>x ), where X is a random variable that follows the tdistribution. If tails = 2, TDIST is calculated as TDIST = P(X > x) = P(X > x or X < x).
 Since x < 0 is not allowed, to use TDIST when x < 0, note that TDIST(x,df,1) = 1 – TDIST(x,df,1) = P(X > x) and TDIST(x,df,2) = TDIST(x df,2) = P(X > x).
Example
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A 
B 
Data 
Description 
1.959999998 
Value at which to evaluate the distribution 
60 
Degrees of freedom 
Formula 
Description (Result) 
=TDIST(A2,A3,2) 
Twotailed distribution (0.054644927, or 5.46 percent) 
=TDIST(A2,A3,1) 
Onetailed distribution (0.027322464 or 2.73 percent) 

Note To view the number as a percent, select the cell and, on the Format menu, click Cells. Click the Number tab, and then click Percentage in the Category box.