I have scratched my head as to how I can use a COUNTIF to differentiate between A* and A grades on a tracker. It's easy to count the number of A* grades with a COUNTIF. But, if you use Find and Replace using A* as the criteria, it searches all the A grades as well!! Which leads to this problem: e.g. if there's 2 A grades and one A* grade in the range of C2:C46 =COUNTIF(C2:C46,"A*") returns 1 - OK =COUNTIF(C2:C46,"A") returns 3 - counts both the 2 A and one A* grade, even though A* is NOT A!!! Is there anyone out there touched by genius that can help me on this one?