# Using Excel to Validate Grades

#### EVargas

##### New Member
Hi there,
I am trying to create a formula in which a passing grade (A, B, or C) in a second semester math class validates a failing score (D or F) from the first semester. I have grades in two separate columns and want to add an additional column that checks to see if the semester 2 grade validates semester 1. So, student 1 would be validated, student 2 didn't need to be validated, and student 3's grade should not be validated.

 Semester 1 math Semester 2 Grade Validated? Student 1 D A Student 2 A B Student 3 F D

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#### jarjarbingie

##### Well-known Member
Hi there,
I am trying to create a formula in which a passing grade (A, B, or C) in a second semester math class validates a failing score (D or F) from the first semester. I have grades in two separate columns and want to add an additional column that checks to see if the semester 2 grade validates semester 1. So, student 1 would be validated, student 2 didn't need to be validated, and student 3's grade should not be validated.

 Semester 1 math Semester 2 Grade Validated? Student 1 D A Student 2 A B Student 3 F D

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D2 = IF(AND(OR(\$B2="D",\$B2="F"),OR(\$C2="A",\$C2="B",\$C2="C")),"Yes","No")

#### Marcelo Branco

##### MrExcel MVP
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Try something like this
Formula in D2 copied down
=IF(OR(B2={"A";"B";"C"}),"No need",IF(OR(C2={"A";"B";"C"}),"Validated","Not validated"))

Hope this helps

M.

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