I need to record number of points for each seminar attended [points received] and the points remaining [points remaining].

For example, for attending each seminar I get 2 points and the total number of points to receive is 15. So after I attend one seminar, I have 13 points remaining, after I attend the 2nd seminar, I have 11 points remaining, etc.

Is it possible to have a calculated column in SharePoint list to display this information? I tried the following formula for the points remaining = 15 - [points received], but it always gives me 13 points in the [points remaining] column.

I also tried = [points remaining] - [points received], this gives me an error:

"The formula contains a circular reference (the calculated column refers to itself)."

Could you please provide any suggestions? If a calculated column is not an option here, what else I could use to achieve the task of recording this information in a list?

Thank you in advance.

2 Answers 2


If you familiar with programming you can have a look on Event Receivers.
Here you have instructions how to implement such receiver.


I think the main problem you will have are the states you described with the increment of a course. The column calculation doesn't work with different states as far as I know.

You could either use a workflow that starts on the modification of the points received column and manipulates the required value of [points remaining].

The other option would be a JavaScript file added to the EditForm via the Content-Editor Webpart of the List that would take care of the logic while editing the list values.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy