The result is data sorted by group, then by score, with highest scores appearing first.

array = B5:D14 by_array1 = D5:D14 sort_order1 = 1

The formula below will sort data by group A-Z: To extend the formula to sort next by score, in descending order, we need to add:

by_array2 = C5:C14 sort_order2 = -1

With these arguments added, the complete formula is:

### Ascending vs. Descending

Data is sorted in ascending order (A-Z) by default. This behavior is controlled by the sort_order arguments. Sort_order can be set to 1 (ascending) or -1 (descending). The formula below is the same as above except that it sorts scores in ascending order:

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