SSRS Reporting Services | Expressions exercise | Calculate Oscars Success Rate

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Software ==> SSRS Reporting Services  (99 exercises)
Version ==> SSRS 2016 and later
Topic ==> Expressions  (8 exercises)
Level ==> Average difficulty
Subject ==> SSRS training
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  1. Go into SQL Server Management Studio;
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  3. Execute this script.

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Create a new report called The Secret Of My Success, add a data source which connects to the Movies database and a dataset which selects these fields:

Fields in dataset

You can select these three fields from the Film table.


Apply a filter to the dataset so that only films with at least 1 Oscar nomination are selected.

Add a field which calculates the Oscar success rate for each film.  You can use this expression:

Basic expression

Divide OscarWins by OscarNominations.

Insert a table and assign all four fields to it.  Apply sorting to the table as shown below:

Sorting table

Use the Sorting page of the Tablix Properties dialog box to do this.


Format the table and run the report.  See if you can spot anything odd about the results:


This type of mistake won't happen when Skynet is in charge.


Add a second calculated field which provides a description based on the success rate.  You can use the Switch function to do this:


Feel free to change the category names.

Use your new calculated field to group the table as shown below:

Final grouped table

You could add totals to the OscarNominations and OscarWins columns.


Save and close the report.

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