Find the Right Calculator

Students are expected to bring a graphing calculator to the AP Statistics Exam and to the AP Calculus Exam. These calculators should have specific computational capabilities. The College Board has prepared a list of calculators that have all of the capabilities needed for both exams.

AP Calculator Review

We found many of the AP-approved calculators at Amazon.com, and evaluated each on the following criteria.

  • Price: The price of a new or used calculator, as of January 17, 2018.
  • User rating: From 1 (unacceptable) to 5 (excellent).

Evaluation findings are summarized below.

MakeModelNew
price
Used
price
User
rating
Num
raters
CasioFX-9860GII$65.99$44.994.559
CasioFX-CG10$108.99$59.994.591
Hewlett Packard39GS$59.99$21.984.036
Hewlett PackardHP50G$379.99$92.004.5441
Texas InstrumentsTI89$125.00$33.474.5233
Texas InstrumentsTI83PLUSSILVER$199.99$49.504.5113
Texas InstrumentsNSCAS/PWB/1L1$229.99$26.944.0124
Texas InstrumentsN2/CLM/1L1$95.00$54.894.5127
Texas InstrumentsN3/GC/1L1/B$116.00$99.554.0132
Texas InstrumentsTINSPIRECXCASFF$164.45$124.944.5586
Texas InstrumentsNS/CLM/1L1/B$100.00$20.004.068
Texas Instruments84PLSE/CLM/ILI/E$239.99$83.954.588
Texas InstrumentsTI-86$199.99$19.234.0106
Texas Instruments83PL/TBL/1L1$82.50$34.514.0913

We only reported results for calculators that were highly rated by students (i.e., calculators that received a satisfaction rating of at least 4 on a 5-point scale). Prices are current, as of January 17, 2018.

Recommendations

The best calculator for you depends on your personal needs. Here are some things to consider.

One More Thing . . .

It is important for each student to bring an AP-approved graphing calculator to the exam. Here's why.

  • The test developers assume that students will have an approved calculator. Students without a calculator will be at a disadvantage.
  • Non-graphing scientific calculators, portable computers, and devices with QWERTY keyboards (e.g., TI-92 plus, TI-Voyage 200) are not permitted. Proctors will check calculators before the exam.

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