## What is a logical test

Logical tests are everywhere.

- Is my salary higher than my colleague's?
- Is my rent higher than my neighbor's?
- Is the quantity in stock larger now than at the beginning of the month?
- Does a ticket closed or not?
- ...

A logical test is just **a comparison between 2 items** 😉

## Construction of a logical test

You can create a logical test in a cell **WITHOUT using the IF function**.

In fact, it is the opposite. A test is used in an IF function.

A test in Excel is very simple.

- Start your test with the equals sign
**=**. - Then add a value or cell reference
- Then the logical symbol (see below)
- Then another cell or another value

For instance, write the following formula in a cell to see the result

=C2="Closed"

## Logical symbols you can use

To create a test, you can use one of the following symbols

**=**equal to**>**greater than**>=**greater than or equal to**<**lower than**<=**lower or equal to**<>**not equal to

## Exercise online

Click on the following image to open the exercise

## Examples of logical tests

In the previous example, we created a test with the string "Closed". But you can build a test with numerical values or formulas

### Example 1: Does the age is greater than 21?

If you want to know if the cell contents are greater than a specific value, like 21, you can write the following test.

=B2>21

### Example 2: Compare 2 cells

You can also create the same test but this time, the value 21 is in the cell G4. So, instead of comparing one cell with one value, you can also create a test between 2 cells

=B2>=$G$4

In this example, we must add dollars to block the reference of the cell G4

### Example 3: Is the cell empty or not?

Now, if you want to know if a cell is not empty, you will write the following formula

=A2<>""

The 2 double quotes is the code for an empty cell (it's a string with nothing in between) 😉

### Many functions return TRUE or FALSE

Excel has a collection of functions that return TRUE or FALSE. These functions start with IS

- ISBLANK
- ISERROR
- ISFORMULA
- ISNA
- ISNUMBER
- ISNONTEXT

For instance, a common mistake in Excel is to write the month in letters instead of customizing your date format. So, because a date is a number in Excel, we can create this test to check if a cell contains a date or not.

=ISNUMBER(B2)

If you have this problem, you can convert a text date to a numerical date with the DATEVAL function.

## Convert the result to 1 or 0

There is a trick to convert the value TRUE or FALSE to 1 or 0. The detail in this article.

## Use conditional formatting

Conditional formatting is a goldmine for customizing and improving your Excel documents.

Conditional formatting allows us to change the color of cells according to their values automatically. And, of course, logical tests help you to create your rules to change the format according to the result of the test.

PRASANTHA

06/01/2023 @ 22:33

Hi All,

I would like to use a dynamic formula in a cell for a logical test in IF condition. Is it possible?

A1 has the test condition, "<=5".

A5 is my actual value. I want to try something like this:

=IF(CONCAT(A5,A1),0,1)

Intended to derive, if my value is greater than 5 (this comes dynamic), display 0.

Amit

12/07/2020 @ 19:09

Great and valuable example to use of logical function to creat logical test..

Waqas Shahid

30/01/2020 @ 20:27

Very helpful and simple information. Easy to understand. Thanks!

Paul

14/11/2018 @ 08:34

Thank you Frédéric for the above examples.

I have been surprised to find that logical tests always determine that a text string is > a number.

e.g. ="ABC">10 calculates as TRUE.

It doesn't matter what the text string is nor the size of the number, it always calculates as TRUE.

Is this explainable?

Regards,

Paul

Guest

02/12/2018 @ 17:50

For the Excel compare operators (e.g. ), number values are less than text values which are less than logical values. If you were to try ="ABC">FALSE then it would evaluate to FALSE.