# What does it mean when a hypothesis is statistically significant?

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Nov 22, 2015

This applies to the **test statistic** ...

#### Explanation:

During hypothesis testing, the test statistic is evaluated to see if it lies outside the **status quo** .

For example, if the typical average grade in Statistics 101 is 75 and the test statistic is 88, does this statistic lie *outside* the status quo or in other words within the **critical area** ?

If the test statistic does in fact lie **within the critical area** , it is considered **statistically significant** . This suggests that the *null hypothesis* (a score of 75 in this example) should be **rejected** and is no longer the status quo!

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