# Average top 3 scores

The LARGE function is designed to retrieve the top nth value from a set of numbers. 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 an array constant {1,2,3} into LARGE as the second argument. This causes LARGE to return an array result that includes the highest 3 values. In cell I6:

LARGE(B6:F6,{1,2,3})

returns an array like this:

{10,10,10}

This array is returned directly to the AVERAGE function:

=AVERAGE({10,10,10}) // returns 10

The AVERAGE function then returns the average of these values.

*Note: the AVERAGE function can handle arrays natively, so it is not necessary to enter this formula with control + shift + enter.*

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