Using Paired Sample T-Test in Research
This easy tutorial will show you how to run the Paired Sample t-test in SPSS, and how to interpret the result.
The Paired Samples t-Test compares two means that are from the same individual, object, or related units.
The two means can represent things like:
- A measurement taken at two different times (e.g., pre-test and post-test with an intervention administered between the two-time points)
- A measurement taken under two different conditions (e.g., completing a test under a “control” condition and an “experimental” condition)
- Measurements are taken from two halves or sides of a subject or experimental unit (e.g., measuring hearing loss in a subject’s left and right ears). (Source)
We use the Paired samples t-test when we have only one group of subjects. However, we collect data from them at two different time intervals or under two different conditions (for example, we measure test results before and after training). That’s to say, The related t-test indicates whether there are statistically significant differences in the mean of the results obtained at time 1 and at time 2 or before and after an event (for example, training).
Assumptions of the Dependent T-Test:
When performing a Paired t-Test procedure the following assumptions are required:
• The dependent variable must be continuous (interval/ratio).
• The observations are independent of one another.
• The dependent variable should be approximately normally distributed.
• The dependent variable should not contain any outliers
An Example: Paired T-Test
This guide will explain, step by step, how to run Paired T-Test in SPSS statistical software by using an example.
We will examine whether the training influenced on the Math test score. Therefore, we measured the results on the Math test before the training, then the student had the training, and we measured the results on the Math test after the training. Finally, we have two variables Math Test score 1 and Math Test score2.
There is not a difference between mean at time 1 and time 2 (or before and after an intervention).
There is a difference between mean at time 1 and time 2 (or before and after an intervention).
This easy tutorial will show you how to run the Paired SampleT Test in SPSS, and how to interpret the result.