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
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
July 3, 2015.
User rating: From 1 (unacceptable) to 5 (excellent).
Evaluation findings are summarized below.
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 July 3, 2015.
The best calculator for you depends on your personal needs. Here are some things
Cost. If you want a new calculator at a low price, choose the FX9750GII. If you want a used calculator at a low price, choose the TI-86.
User satisfaction. The highest rated calculators were the FX-9750GPLUS, CFX-9850GC PLUS, FX-CG10, FX-9860GII, FX9750GII, HP50G, TI89, TI-84 PLUS SILV, 84PLSE/CLM/ILI/E, N2/CLM/1L1, TI83PLUSSILVER, 84PLSE/TBL/1L1/D, TINSPIRECXCASFF, TI89 TITANIUM, 84PL/TBL/1L1, all with a satisfaction rating of 4.5.
Peace of mind. If you are looking for a calculator with a favorable satisfaction score based on ratings from at least 100 users, consider the FX9750GII, the HP50G, the TI89, the TI-84 PLUS SILV, the N2/CLM/1L1, the TI83PLUSSILVER, the TINSPIRECXCASFF, the TI89 TITANIUM, or the 84PL/TBL/1L1. Each of these calculators received a satisfaction score of 4.5.
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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