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 July 25, 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$79.98$4.404.527
*CasioCFX-9850GC PLUS$14.604.527
*CasioFX-9860GII$55.00$40.004.559
CasioFX 2.0$42.494.022
*CasioFX-CG10$99.99$59.944.591
*CasioFX9750GII$29.28$22.994.5105
*Hewlett PackardHP50G$59.78$29.994.5441
Hewlett Packard39GS$34.85$18.984.036
*Hewlett Packard39G+$75.00$5.614.55
*Texas Instruments83PL/TBL/1L1$54.00$27.994.0913
*Texas InstrumentsTI83PLUSSILVER$119.50$42.954.5113
*Texas Instruments84PL/TBL/1L1$81.00$54.004.5785
*Texas InstrumentsN2/CLM/1L1$129.99$53.894.5127
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/TBL/1L1/D$174.97$59.944.576
Texas InstrumentsNS/CLM/1L1/B$184.99$35.954.068
*Texas InstrumentsTI89$129.99$37.994.5233
*Texas InstrumentsNSCAS/PWB/1L1$99.00$28.854.0124
*Texas InstrumentsTI-84 PLUS SILV$218.99$49.004.5505
*Texas InstrumentsTI-86$199.99$17.004.0106
*Texas InstrumentsN3/GC/1L1/B$114.89$69.504.0132
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/CLM/ILI/E$174.00$63.944.588
*Texas InstrumentsTI89 TITANIUM$115.00$52.994.5539
*Texas InstrumentsTINSPIRECXCASFF$159.994.5586

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 25, 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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