Creating a bar graph with an A to Z scale on the x axis.

jbtalb

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I am an elementary school teacher.

Our students' reading progress is tracked by Fountas & Pinnell book levels. These levels proceed from A (easiest) to Z (most challenging).

I am trying to create a way of displaying student progress (e.g. comparing 25 students in one class) using a graph that could display the students' book levels.

I would like to use a bar graph that would show a bar for each student extending to the letter representing their book level. For example, I would like student names on a y axis and the a to z book levels on the x axis.

I am encountering difficulty because the letters are not numbers and I am interested in finding a way to have Excel create a alphabet based scale rather than number based scale.

I tried looking at Excel help and did a bunch of googling with no success, so I would be very appreciative of any help!
 

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Jon Peltier

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A few definitions. If this is a horizontal bar chart, the X axis is the vertical axis, the independent variable (the student names), and the Y axis is the horizontal axis, the dependent variable (the student reading levels).

I started writing up the procedure to create your chart, but decided it would be easier to figure it out in a documented workbook:

http://PeltierTech.com/Sample/MrExcel_BarWithA-ZLabels.zip
 

Norie

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Cloverken

Nice chart.:)

But are you sure you need that VLOOKUP.

Couldn't you use the CODE worksheet function?

=CODE(B2)-CODE("A")+1
 

jbtalb

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Thanks!

Thank you everyone for your help!

I am very pleased with how my practice charts look.

The explanation accompanying the template made the process rather painless, and I especially appreciate the time taken to make it easy for me to follow!

I know that my colleagues will appreciate the tutorial and templates, as well!

Thanks everyone for providing such a great resource...
 

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