# VLOOKUP Round Down instead of Round Up?

Attached is a US Army 2 mile run standard scoring chart. The VLOOKUP function works well, except that it rounds up returned times and points, rather than rounding down.

For example. a time of 14:18 for a 42-26 year old male returns 98 points, which is correct.
A time of 14:12 for a 42-26 year old male returns 99 points, which is correct.
A time of 14:17, however, for a 42-46 year old male retuns 99 points, which is incorrect ... the runner should receive 98 points until achieving the 14:12 time threshold.

Hope I've explained this well enough. Thanks in advance.
VLOOKUP-BASIC-TIMES.xls
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Hi

That happens because of the way VLOOKUP works - if it can't find an exact match, it matches against the next lowest value in the lookup range (assuming an ordered list).  In the attached, I have shown one way around this (which doesn't require changing the layout of your data).  I have also shown how you can specify which column to take the data from if you provide a second lookup field of the age range (please refer to E1:G5.

Formula I have used using your orginal layout is:

=INDEX(\$B\$8:\$I\$86,MATCH(A2,\$A\$8:\$A\$86,1)+(LOOKUP(F2,\$A\$8:\$A\$86)<>F2),6)

which you would place in B2 and copy down.

Richard

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You can use the ROUNDDOWN function...

=ROUNDDOWN(vlookup(...),0)
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OwnerAuthor Commented:
Thanks! This solution works perfectly.

(Answer_Dude: The rounddown suggestion with the VLOOKUP / INDEX-MATCH function I needed to use didn't work.)
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