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Average top 3 scores

Excel formula: Average top 3 scores
Generic formula 

To average the top 3 scores in a data set, you can use a formula based on the LARGE and AVERAGE functions. In the example shown, the formula in G6 is:


How this formula works

The LARGE function can retrieve the top nth value from a set of values. So, for example LARGE(A1:A10,1) will return highest value, LARGE(A1:A10,2) will return the 2nd highest value, and so on.

In this case, we are asking for more than one value by passing the array constant {1,2,3} into LARGE for the second argument. This causes LARGE to return an array result that includes the highest 3 values. The AVERAGE function then returns the average of these values.

The AVERAGE function is programmed to automatically handle array results, so it is not necessary to use Ctrl+Shift+Enter (CSE) to enter the formula.

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