What-if Analysis

In Excel what if analysis lets you answer questions with data. With what if analysis Excel also lets you experiment with data.


  1. Open our practice workbook.
  2. Click the Challenge tab in the bottom-left of the workbook.
  3. In cell B8, create a function that calculates the average of the sales in B2:B7.
  4. The workbook shows Dave's monthly sales amounts for the first half of the year. If he reaches a $200,000 mid-year average, he will receive a 5% bonus. Use Goal Seek to find how much he needs to sell in June in order to make the $200,000 average.
  5. When you're finished, your workbook should look like this:

    Goal Seek Challenge