- Minitab: 1 Proportion z Test, Raw Data

If you have data in a Minitab worksheet, then you have what we call "raw data."  This is in contrast to "summarized data" which you'll see on the next page.

In order to use the normal approximation method both \(np_0 \geq 10\) and \(n(1-p_0) \geq 10\). Before we can conduct our hypothesis test we must check this assumption to determine if the normal approximation method or exact method should be used. This must be checked manually. Minitab will not check assumptions for you.

In the example below, we want to know if there is convincing evidence that the proportion of students who are male is different from 0.50.

\(n=226\) and \(p_0=0.50\)

\(np_0 = 226(0.50)=113\) and \(n(1-p_0) = 226(1-0.50)=113\)

Both \(np_0 \geq 10\) and \(n(1-p_0) \geq 10\) so we can use the normal approximation method. 

Minitab 18

Minitab®  – Conducting a One Sample Proportion z Test: Raw Data

Research question: Is the proportion of students who are male different from 0.50?

  1. Open Minitab file:
  2. In Minitab, select Stat > Basic Statistics > 1 Proportion
  3. Select One or more samples, each in a column from the dropdown
  4. Double-click the variable Biological Sex to insert it into the box
  5. Check the box next to Perform hypothesis test and enter 0.50 in the Hypothesized proportion box
  6. Select Options
  7. Use the default Alternative hypothesis setting of Proportion ≠ hypothesized proportion value 
  8. Use the default Confidence level of 95
  9. Select Normal approximation method
  10. Click OK and OK

The result should be the following output:


Event: Biological Sex = Male
p: proportion where Biological Sex = Male
Normal approximation is used for this analysis.

Descriptive Statistics



Sample p

95% CI for p




(0.373368, 0.502738)


Null hypothesis

H 0: p = 0.5

Alternative hypothesis

H 1: p ≠ 0.5





Summary of Results Section

We could summarize these results using the five-step hypothesis testing procedure:

1. Check assumptions and write hypotheses

\(np_0 = 226(0.50)=113\) and \(n(1-p_0) = 226(1-0.50)=113\) therefore the normal approximation method will be used.

 \(H_0\colon p = 0.50\)

 \(H_a\colon p \ne 0.50\)

2. Calculate the test statistic

From the Minitab output, \(z\) = -1.86

3. Determine the p-value

From the Minitab output, \(p\) = 0.0625

4. Make a decision

\(p > \alpha\), fail to reject the null hypothesis

5. State a "real world" conclusion

There is NOT enough evidence that the proportion of all students in the population who are male is different from 0.50.