Dataset Overview
We’ll use the following dataset to calculate the class average in Excel. The dataset contains 7 students with their marks in Physics, Math, and English. We will calculate the class average for each subject.
What is Class Average?
The class average represents the mean of the marks for all students in a particular subject. For instance, if there are 5 students in a class, and their Physics marks are 78, 56, 95, 77, and 87, the class average for Physics would be calculated as follows:
Class Average (Physics) = (78+56+95+77+87)/5 = 78.6.
Method 1 – Basic Method
To calculate the class average for Physics:
 Select cell C14.
 Enter the formula:

 This formula adds the values from cells C6 to C12 and divides the total by the number of students (in cell E3).
 Press ENTER to get the average value in cell C14.
 Use the Fill Handle to AutoFill up to E14 for Math and English averages.
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Method 2 – SUM Function
Calculate the class average for Physics:
 Select cell C14.
 Enter the formula:
=SUM(C6:C12)/$E$3

 Here, SUM(C6:C12) adds the numeric values in the range.
Formula Breakdown:
SUM(C6:C12) —> It will sum the numeric values ranges from C6:C12.
Output: 597
SUM(C6:C12)/$E$3 —> Total Sum is divided by the Number of Students to Calculate the class average.
Output: 85.29
Explanation: 85.29 is the class average for Physics.
 Press ENTER.
 The result is 85.29 (Physics class average).
 AutoFill to compute Math and English averages.
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Method 3 – AVERAGE Function
 Select cell C14.
 Enter the formula:

 This function calculates the average of the numeric values in C6:C12.
 Press ENTER to find the Physics class average.
 AutoFill to determine Math and English averages.
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Method 4 – Using AutoSum
 Select cell C14.
 Go to Formulas Tab, select AutoSum and click on Average.
 Specify the cell range (C6:C12).
 Press ENTER to get the Physics class average.
 AutoFill for Math and English averages.
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Method 5 – SUBTOTAL Function
In a list or database, the SUBTOTAL function provides subtotals based on various functions (such as AVERAGE, SUM, etc.).
 To calculate the class average for Physics:
 Select cell C14.
 Enter the formula:

 Here, the number 1 corresponds to the AVERAGE function.
 Excel will calculate the average of the values in the range C6:C12.
 Press ENTER to get the Physics class average.
 Use the Fill Handle to AutoFill up to E14 for Math and English averages.
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Method 6 – Keyboard Shortcut
Suppose you want to calculate the class average for Physics:
 Select cell C14.
 Press ALT + M, U, A.
 This activates the AVERAGE function.
 Specify the cell range (C6:C12).
 Press ENTER to find the Physics class average.
 AutoFill to determine Math and English averages.
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