Hi Tom

I have two columns A and B.  Column A has a series of numbers between 7 and 11 (these represent school year groups). Column B has a series of numeric grade scores.

I need to build a formula that will give me an average score for, say, year 8 students.

Could you help me with this please?

Thanks in advance.

Chris Mitchell

Christopher Mitchell,

You pretty much answered your own question in your subject:


Range  is one or more cells to average, including numbers or names, arrays, or references that contain numbers.

Criteria  is the criteria in the form of a number, expression, cell reference, or text that defines which cells are averaged. For example, criteria can be expressed as 32, "32", ">32", "apples", or B4.

Average_range  is the actual set of cells to average. If omitted, range is used.



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