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"A" question for those who Excel

Discussion in 'Computing and ICT' started by Trendy Art, Mar 11, 2017.

  1. Trendy Art

    Trendy Art Star commenter

    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?
  2. rizvani04

    rizvani04 New commenter

    =COUNTIF(C2:C46,"A")-COUNTIF(C2:C46,"A*") maybe?
  3. T0nyGT

    T0nyGT Lead commenter

    I would recommend storing the exact grade in an integer and using a lookup table to say whether it's an A or A*. Then use your COUNTIF to look at the mark range rather than the grade string
    Trendy Art and wanet like this.
  4. wanet

    wanet Star commenter

    Or subtract A* from the "A"s to gave the correct answer.
    Trendy Art likes this.
  5. Trendy Art

    Trendy Art Star commenter

    Thank you both - what are the chances of having two genius answers...? :)
  6. GeordieKC

    GeordieKC Occasional commenter

    Try =COUNTIF(C2:C46,"A~*")

    The three characters that cannot be used in a search string are ~, ? and *, but you can use them if you precede them with a ~
  7. tjra

    tjra Occasional commenter

    Change the A* to an A+ .

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