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How to drop the lowest grade and get the average or total of values in Excel?

Author: Xiaoyang Last Modified: 2020-04-28

If you have a list of scores, now, you want to get the average and summation of the numbers but dropping the lowest or the lowest n numbers. This article, I will talk about some formulas to solve this task in Excel.

Drop the lowest grade and get the average or summation with formulas


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Drop the lowest or lowest n numbers from the data list, and then average or sum the rest numbers, the following formulas can do you a favor, please do as this:

Sum the numbers but drop the lowest or lowest n numbers:

Please enter this formula: =(SUM(B2:H2)-SMALL(B2:H2,1)) into a blank cell where you want to output the result, and then drag the fill handle down to the cells that you want to apply this formula, and all the cells in each row have been added up ignoring the lowest number, see screenshot:

doc drop lowest 1

Notes:

1. To sum the values but ignoring the lowest two, three or n numbers, please apply the following formulas:

=SUM(B2:H2)-SMALL(B2:H2,1)-SMALL(B2:H2,2)

=SUM(B2:H2)-SMALL(B2:H2,1)-SMALL(B2:H2,2)- SMALL(B2:H2,3)

=SUM(B2:H2)-SMALL(B2:H2,1)-SMALL(B2:H2,2)- SMALL(B2:H2,3)-……- SMALL(B2:H2,n)

2. In the above formulas, B2:H2 is the range that you want to sum, and the number 1, 2, 3…indicates which value is to be dropped from the list of numbers, 1 indicates that the smallest number should be dropped, 2 indicates that the second smallest number should be dropped, and so on.


Average the numbers but drop the lowest or lowest n numbers:

To get the average of the values but skip the lowest or lowest n numbers, the following formulas may do you a favor, please do as this:

Enter this formula: =(SUM(B2:H2)-SMALL(B2:H2,1))/(COUNT(B2:H2)-1) into a blank cell where you want to return the result, and drag the fill handle down to the cells that you want to apply this formula, and all the cells in each row have been averaged ignoring the lowest number, see screenshot:

doc drop lowest 2

Notes:

1. To average the values but ignoring the lowest two, three or n numbers, please apply the following formulas:

=(SUM(B2:H2)-SMALL(B2:H2,1)-SMALL(B2:H2,2))/(COUNT(B2:H2)-2)

=(SUM(B2:H2)-SMALL(B2:H2,1)-SMALL(B2:H2,2)- SMALL(B2:H2,3))/(COUNT(B2:H2)-3)

=(SUM(B2:H2)-SMALL(B2:H2,1)-SMALL(B2:H2,2)- SMALL(B2:H2,3)-……- SMALL(B2:H2,n)) /(COUNT(B2:H2)-n)

2. In the above formulas, B2:H2 is the cells that you want to average, and the number 1, 2, 3…indicates which value is to be dropped from the list of numbers, 1 indicates that the smallest number should be dropped, 2 indicates that the second smallest number should be dropped, and so on.

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interesting but can you explain how you calculate the average without the minimum
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To remove multiple, you can use sum(small(B2:H2,{1,n})) rather than subtracting the small function n times.
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This formula is adding the smallest grades which totally misses the point.
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Hello, James,
Could you give a complete formula, the formula you give doesn't work well.
Thank you!
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I think you're supposed to substitute "n"
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