# Example of how to calculate a five-point Likert scale

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Here’s an example of how to calculate a five-point Likert scale:

Let’s say we have a survey question that asks respondents to rate their level of agreement with the statement “I enjoy exercising regularly.” The possible response options are:

1. Strongly Disagree
2. Disagree
3. Neutral
4. Agree
5. Strongly Agree

We collect responses from 50 individuals and the data looks like this:

• 5 people strongly disagree
• 10 people disagree
• 8 people are neutral
• 20 people agree
• 7 people strongly agree

To calculate the mean score, we assign numerical values to each response option:

• Strongly Disagree = 1
• Disagree = 2
• Neutral = 3
• Agree = 4
• Strongly Agree = 5

Then we multiply the number of respondents who chose each response by the assigned numerical value, sum the results, and divide by the total number of respondents:

(5 x 1) + (10 x 2) + (8 x 3) + (20 x 4) + (7 x 5) = 139 139 / 50 = 2.78

So the mean score for this question is 2.78, which falls between “Disagree” and “Neutral” on the five-point scale.