# Need Help Asap!! (z-scores)

#### heylee2005

##### New Member
I am trying to figure out how to find the z-scores that separate the middle 88% of the data from the area in the tails of the standard normal distribution. Any help would be greatly appreciated, because I'm not sure where to start. I really do not understand what the question is asking.

#### JohnM

##### TS Contributor
Visualize a normal curve with 88% in the middle, and the remaining 12% divided between the two tails - so there is 6% in each tail.

Now, to find the z score, you look up the value that separates the upper 6% from the lower 94% - in other words, what z-score has 94% of the area under the curve below it?

Then, due to the symmetry of the normal curve, just multiply this z-score by -1 to get the other z-score.