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Main Characteristics of Good Hypothesis

To complete the research project successfully, it is necessary to write or plan a Good Hypothesis. The hypothesis is nothing but the basic Assumption to do research Project. There are many characteristics of good hypothesis which researcher need to understand, plan and write before starting the actual research work.

Let’s have a look at main characteristics of Good Hypothesis are given as below –


Testable is one of the most important characteristics of a good hypothesis.

The means for manipulating the variables and/or measuring the outcome variable must potentially exist


Must be able to reject the hypothesis with data

This characteristic is related to the ability to reject the hypothesis with data.


– should be stated in the simplest adequate form


– Should be specific

This characteristic suggest it should be specific and operationalized.


– Relate to existing theories and/or “point” toward new theories

– it should lead to studies beyond the present one (often hard to determine in advance)

Sound reasoning

A. Your hypothesis should be based on previous research.

B. The hypothesis should follow the most likely outcome, not an exceptional outcome.

Provides a reasonable explanation for the predicted outcome.

A. Do not look for unrealistic explanations.

Clearly states the relationship between the defined variables.

A. Clear, simply written hypothesis is easier to test.

B. Do not be vague.

Defines the variables in easy to measure terms.

A. Who are the participants?

B. What is different or will be different in your test?

C. What is the effect?

Testable in a reasonable amount of time.

A. Do not plan a test that will take longer than your class project.




Hope these points about different characteristics of Good Hypothesis will help you conduct your research successfully. This is all about the various key characteristics of a good hypothesis.