Often you may want to create histograms by group in SPSS, such as the following:

Fortunately this is easy to do by using the **Groups/Point ID** feature within the **Chart Builder**.

The following example shows how to use this feature in practice.

**Example: How to Create Histograms by Group in SPSS**

Suppose we have the following dataset in SPSS that contains information about the prep exam method used by students along with the score they received on the final exam:

Suppose that we would like to create histograms to visualize the distribution of exam scores for both groups of students.

To do so, click the **Graphs** tab, then click **Chart Builder**.

In the new window that appears, choose **Histogram** as the chart type, then drag it into the Chart preview area.

Then drag the **Score** variable to the x-axis:

Next, click the **Groups/Point ID** tab, then check the box next to **Columns panel variable**.

Then drag the **Method** variable to the Panel label in the Chart preview area:

Once you click **OK**, the following histograms will be created:

The histogram on the left shows the distribution of exam scores for students who used Method **One** to prepare for the exam.

The histogram on the right shows the distribution of exam scores for students who used Method **Two** to prepare for the exam.

By viewing these histograms side by side, we’re able to see that the scores tend to be higher among students who used Method **Two** to prepare for the exam.

**Note**: In this example we created histograms for two groups, but you can use the exact same method to create histograms grouped by a variable that has more than two groups.

**Additional Resources**

The following tutorials explain how to perform other common tasks in SPSS:

How to Create Q-Q Plots in SPSS

How to Create Box Plots in SPSS

How to Create Scatterplots in SPSS