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 October 1, 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$99.98$51.994.022
*CasioFX-CG10$100.00$66.004.591
*CasioFX-9860GIIToo low to display4.559
*CasioCFX-9850GC PLUS$129.99$48.994.527
*CasioFX-9750GPLUS$49.99$20.994.527
*CasioFX9750GII$34.65$36.974.5105
*Hewlett PackardHP50GToo low to display$49.994.5441
Hewlett Packard39GS$37.38$32.994.036
*Texas InstrumentsN3/GC/1L1/B$115.97$62.994.0132
*Texas InstrumentsTI-86$159.00$36.794.0106
*Texas Instruments83PL/TBL/1L1$87.47$29.994.0913
*Texas InstrumentsTI89 TITANIUM$125.00$94.994.5539
*Texas Instruments84PL/TBL/1L1$99.99$74.944.5785
*Texas InstrumentsTI-84 PLUS SILV$149.99$29.994.5505
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/CLM/ILI/E$122.79$77.954.588
*Texas InstrumentsNSCAS/PWB/1L1$94.99$17.484.0124
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/TBL/1L1/D$145.00$85.494.576
*Texas InstrumentsN2/CLM/1L1$125.00$48.894.5127
*Texas InstrumentsTI89$179.99$80.004.5233
*Texas InstrumentsTINSPIRECXCASFF$138.064.5586
*Texas InstrumentsTI83PLUSSILVER$120.00$51.994.5113
Texas InstrumentsNS/CLM/1L1/B$139.99$48.944.068

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 October 1, 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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