I am using sheets to mark quiz responses. I am trying to display a 1 if the answer contains a certain string (therefore, is correct).

For example, COUNTIF(d2, "*serbia"). So, if D2 contains this text, display a 1.

However, I want to get the text "serbia" (for example) from another cell. So a separate cell just contains "serbia" and I refer to that cell in the COUNTIF function.

So, if D2 contains the text from C19, display a 1.

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You can use & to create the criterion you need. Since the given answer may not end with the correct answer, I would add another * as well:



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