Count Attendance and Absence with COUNTIF function

In our campus life and work life, we usually record everyone’s attendance. Today we will introduce you the application of Excel COUNTIF function to count the attendance.

Using a week as an example, we use the following example to show you how to use Excel COUNTIF function to count attendance.

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As shown above, attendance and absence are counted correctly by Excel COUNTIF function.


In this example, we have used only the COUNTIF function, without nesting other functions. In a simple case like the one above, we can use COUNTIF function to solve our problem directly.

COUNTIF function belongs to Excel Statistical functions. It counts the number of cells that meet the provided criterion in a certain range.


=COUNTIF(range, criteria)

In this example, we can directly apply this function with entering our own range and criteria.

=COUNTIF(B2:F2,"√") – in G2


In this example, the “√” in the cell indicates attendance on the corresponding day. Calculating attendance is equivalent to calculating how many ticks there are in B2:F2.


Use G2 as an example, the range for recording attendance is B2:F2. The condition is “√”. So the formula is =COUNTIF(B2:F2,”√”). We cannot enter “√” in this formula, but we can copy a √ into criteria field and include it in brackets.

In the formula bar, we can expand B2:F2, we can get an array of “√”

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Excel COUNTIF function will count the number of times “√” appears in the array.

Obviously, the result is 5.


Copy down the formula. G3 for example, B3 and E3 cells in the absence of “√”, so in this formula, there are only three “√” in the range.

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After running the formula, the result is 3.

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If the cell is empty, it means it was absent that day. Just replace “√” with “”.

The formula is

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Note that there are no spaces between the “”. If we enter a space, such as ” “, we will count how many cells in the range B2:F2 contain spaces.
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