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.
Important This function has been replaced with one or more new functions that may provide improved accuracy and whose names better reflect their usage. Although this function is still available for backward compatibility, you should consider using the new functions from now on, because this function may not be available in future versions of Excel.
For more information about the new functions, see T.DIST.2T function and T.DIST.RT function.
Syntax
TDIST(x,deg_freedom,tails)
The TDIST function syntax has the following arguments (argument: A value that provides information to an action, an event, a method, a property, a function, or a procedure.):
 X Required. The numeric value at which to evaluate the distribution.
 Deg_freedom Required. An integer indicating the number of degrees of freedom.
 Tails Required. 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 deg_freedom < 1, TDIST returns the #NUM! error value.
 The deg_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 result as a percentage, select the cell, and then on the Home tab, in the Number group, click the arrow next to Number Format, and click Percentage.