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 February 6, 2016.
  • User rating: From 1 (unacceptable) to 5 (excellent).

Evaluation findings are summarized below.

Best
buys
MakeModelNew priceUsed priceUser
rating
Number
of
raters
*CasioFX-9750GPLUS$67.99$6.904.527
*CasioCFX-9850GC PLUS$14.894.527
*CasioFX-CG10$87.00$74.994.591
*CasioFX-9860GII$64.45$49.984.559
*CasioFX9750GII$40.00$31.004.5105
*Hewlett Packard39GS$38.75$19.994.036
*Hewlett PackardHP50G$54.99$40.004.5441
*Hewlett Packard39G+$99.99$24.004.55
*Texas InstrumentsN3/GC/1L1/B$107.51$71.954.0132
*Texas InstrumentsTINSPIRECXCASFF$139.99$124.734.5586
*Texas InstrumentsTI89$200.00$49.954.5233
*Texas Instruments83PL/TBL/1L1$73.81$40.794.0913
*Texas InstrumentsTI89 TITANIUM$99.00$69.994.5539
*Texas Instruments84PL/TBL/1L1$39.00$40.004.5785
*Texas InstrumentsTI-84 PLUS SILV$199.99$58.904.5505
*Texas InstrumentsNSCAS/PWB/1L1$80.00$29.504.0124
Texas InstrumentsNS/CLM/1L1/B$39.944.068
*Texas InstrumentsN2/CLM/1L1$84.99$34.004.5127
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/CLM/ILI/E$178.00$73.364.588
*Texas InstrumentsTI-86$199.49$23.994.0106
*Texas InstrumentsTI83PLUSSILVER$169.89$40.004.5113
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/TBL/1L1/D$219.99$69.954.576

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 February 6, 2016.

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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