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 April 19, 2014.
  • User rating: From 1 (unacceptable) to 5 (excellent).

Evaluation findings are summarized below.

Best
buys
MakeModelNew priceUsed priceUser
rating
Number
of
raters
CasioFX 2.0$89.99$60.004.017
CasioCFX-9850GC PLUS$29.004.526
*CasioFX-9860GII$68.995.09
CasioFX-CG10$73.49$55.004.59
*CasioFX-9750GPLUS$45.00$13.504.519
*CasioFX9750GII$37.19$24.005.010
Hewlett PackardF2228A$103.18$36.99
*Hewlett PackardHP50G$77.00$63.994.5238
Hewlett Packard39GS$49.95$27.144.013
Texas InstrumentsTI-86$139.00$17.004.560
*Texas InstrumentsTI89$150.00$39.994.5194
*Texas Instruments83PL/TBL/1L1$72.55$29.954.5344
*Texas InstrumentsTI83PLUSSILVER$45.004.5344
*Texas InstrumentsTI89 TITANIUM$115.00$60.004.5282
*Texas Instruments84PL/TBL/1L1$80.99$52.864.5144
*Texas InstrumentsTI-84 PLUS SILV$115.00$46.344.5141
Texas Instruments84PLSE/CLM/ILI/E$99.99$64.904.528
Texas InstrumentsNSCAS/PWB/1L1$93.74$21.324.057
Texas InstrumentsNS/CLM/1L1/B$80.00$40.004.043
*Texas InstrumentsTI84LUSSEPINK$108.24$71.245.09
Texas InstrumentsN2/CLM/1L1$80.30$20.004.020

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 April 19, 2014.

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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