Find the Right Calculator: AP Statistics

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 March 22, 2017.
  • User rating: From 1 (unacceptable) to 5 (excellent).

Evaluation findings are summarized below.

Best
buys
MakeModelNew priceUsed priceUser
rating
Number
of
raters
*CasioFX-9750GPLUS$82.49$9.954.527
*CasioCFX-9850GC PLUS$13.494.527
*CasioFX-9860GII$66.26$54.004.559
*CasioFX-CG10$92.99$72.784.591
*CasioFX9750GII$32.99$24.624.5105
*Hewlett PackardHP50G$119.99$78.004.5441
*Hewlett Packard39GS$29.62$10.524.036
*Hewlett Packard39G+$49.994.55
*Texas InstrumentsN3/GC/1L1/B$119.00$77.954.0132
*Texas InstrumentsTINSPIRECXCASFF$142.70$115.004.5586
*Texas InstrumentsTI-86$20.004.0106
*Texas InstrumentsTI89$167.15$29.844.5233
*Texas Instruments83PL/TBL/1L1$83.59$33.094.0913
*Texas InstrumentsTI83PLUSSILVER$41.994.5113
*Texas InstrumentsTI89 TITANIUM$127.00$67.404.5539
*Texas Instruments84PL/TBL/1L1$94.68$62.994.5785
*Texas InstrumentsTI-84 PLUS SILV$219.99$51.984.5505
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/CLM/ILI/E$178.00$71.914.588
*Texas InstrumentsNSCAS/PWB/1L1$209.99$29.004.0124
Texas InstrumentsNS/CLM/1L1/B$176.97$29.954.068
*Texas InstrumentsN2/CLM/1L1$65.00$27.214.5127
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/TBL/1L1/D$231.98$60.494.576

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 March 22, 2017.

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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