In many cases, critical values are required.
A critical value often represents a rejection region cut-off value for a hypothesis test – also called a zc value for a confidence interval.
For confidence intervals and two-tailed z-tests, you can use the zTable to determine the critical values (zc).
Find the critical values for a 90% Confidence Interval.
NOTICE: A 90% Confidence Interval will have the same critical values (rejection regions) as a two-tailed z test with alpha = .10.
The Critical Values for a 90% confidence or alpha = .10 are +/- 1.645.
Find the critical values for a 95% confidence interval. These are the same as the rejection region z-value cut-offs for a two-tailed z test with alpha = .05.
Note that when alpha = .05 we are using a 95% confidence interval.