query help 2012 sql

example table.   How can I return only the last Readdate for acct no '1001'
id like to use the built-in function in sql for this one.  not something like where readdate > 3/2015

ACCTNo     ReadDate    
1001            4/2015
1001            3/2015
1001            2/2015
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Data DudeCommented:
The below assumes that ACCTNO is a character data type, if not lose the ' marks, and that ReadDate is a date.   If ReadDate is a character column, as the values 'month/year' are not in acceptable date format, then we'll have to convert to a date and then do the MAX.
SELECT Max(ReadDate) FROM YourTableName WHERE ACCTNO = '1001'

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Vikas GargAssociate Principal EngineerCommented:
Hi,

You can use

SELECT ACCTNO ,Max(convert(date,right(ReadDate,4) + '-' + left(ReadDate,1) + '-01')) FROM YourTableName
group by ACCTNO

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PortletPaulEE Topic AdvisorCommented:
is [ReadDate] a varchar column? or date/datetime?
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