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 December 18, 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$56.054.022
*CasioCFX-9850GC PLUS$150.004.527
*CasioFX-9860GII$57.954.559
*CasioFX-CG10Too low to display$67.264.591
*CasioFX-9750GPLUS$49.99$9.004.527
*CasioFX9750GII$33.43$25.954.5105
*Hewlett PackardHP50G$78.00$67.994.5441
*Hewlett Packard39GS$31.99$25.004.036
*Texas InstrumentsTINSPIRECXCASFF$135.834.5586
*Texas InstrumentsTI-86$239.99$24.984.0106
*Texas InstrumentsTI89$150.00$39.954.5233
*Texas Instruments83PL/TBL/1L1$78.78$23.894.0913
*Texas Instruments84PL/TBL/1L1$89.00$51.954.5785
*Texas InstrumentsTI-84 PLUS SILV$135.01$49.004.5505
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/CLM/ILI/E$129.99$68.004.588
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/TBL/1L1/D$119.99$75.004.576
*Texas InstrumentsN2/CLM/1L1$134.99$39.954.5127
*Texas InstrumentsNSCAS/PWB/1L1$159.95$12.994.0124
*Texas InstrumentsTI89 TITANIUM$129.50$72.004.5539
*Texas InstrumentsTI83PLUSSILVER$179.99$38.904.5113
*Texas InstrumentsN3/GC/1L1/B$114.50$63.004.0132
Texas InstrumentsNS/CLM/1L1/B$70.00$44.514.068

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 December 18, 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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