Formatting Tables

10 Questions | Total Attempts: 5435

SettingsSettingsSettings
Please wait...
Exercise Quizzes & Trivia

Test your understanding of the APA Style rules on tables by working through this short exercise. Each question provides the correct answer, and you'll also be able to see all the correct answers at the end of the exercise. For more information on formatting tables, please see pages 125-150 in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2010) (hereafter referred to as the APA manual). Please also see Table Tips from the APA Style Blog.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Why should an author use a table in an academic essay or thesis?
    • A. 

      To repeat and therefore emphasize information explained within the discussion

    • B. 

      To provide supplemental information to the discussion i.e., information that isn't critical to the discussion but that may be of interest to the reader

    • C. 

      To provide, contrast, or compare data that is more easily understood in table form than via expression in the text

    • D. 

      To add an illustration to the document

  • 2. 
    What information should appear directly above the table?
    • A. 

      No information is required

    • B. 

      Table number and title

    • C. 

      Table caption

    • D. 

      Table reference

  • 3. 
    The table number: 
    • A. 

      Can include suffix letters to show relationships between tables e.g., Table 1a, Table 1b

    • B. 

      Should not include suffix letters. Instead, number all tables with Arabic numerals in the order they are first mentioned in the text e.g., : Table 1, Table 2

    • C. 

      Should be in the same font as the rest of the text but should be italicized 

    • D. 

      Should be in a larger font e.g., Times New Roman, 14 pt but not italicized

  • 4. 
    The table title, which appears above the table, should be:
    • A. 

      In sentence case and italicized

    • B. 

      In sentence case but no italics

    • C. 

      In title case but no italics

    • D. 

      In title case and italicized

  • 5. 
    Within a table, the line-spacing should be:
    • A. 

      Either single- or double-spaced, depending on what makes the text most readable

    • B. 

      Single-spaced

    • C. 

      Double-spaced

  • 6. 
    Every cell in the table should have a full border so that every vertical and horizontal line appears in the table.
    • A. 

      True. Lines help readers understand relationships between data.

    • B. 

      False. Lines should be restricted to those needed for clarity. Spacing between columns and rows, and/or alignment of data demonstrates relationships, not lines.

  • 7. 
    What information can appear in the table note, which appears beneath the table? Choose all that apply.
    • A. 

      A general note, which explains the table and any abbreviations or symbols.

    • B. 

      A specific note, which explains a particular section of the table.

    • C. 

      A probability note, which explains how abbreviations and symbols have been used to "indicate p values and thus the results of tests of statistical hypothesis testing" (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 139).

    • D. 

      If the table was first published elsewhere (i.e., the table isn't the author's original work), the reference for the table appears in the general note. In a thesis or major project, authors must obtain written copyright permission from the original author to use previously-published illustrations, and copyright permission statements should also appear in the note.

  • 8. 
    If the document uses portrait page orientation, but an author wants to change the orientation for a table:
    • A. 

      Tables must follow the same page orientation as the rest of the document and may appear on a larger page (e.g., 8.5"x14").

    • B. 

      Tables may have a landscape page orientation, but the page should be the same size as the rest of the document (e.g., 8.5"x11").

  • 9. 
    To fit a table on one page, it is acceptable to shrink the page margins.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    When referring to a table in-text, direct the reader to the table by referring to:
    • A. 

      The appropriate page number: "As shown in the table on page 10".

    • B. 

      The table title: "As shown in the table titled Word Table Example"

    • C. 

      The table number: "As shown in Table 2".

Back to Top Back to top