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, and evaluated each on the following criteria.

  • Price: The price of a new or used calculator, as of December 11, 2017.
  • User rating: From 1 (unacceptable) to 5 (excellent).

Evaluation findings are summarized below.

MakeModelNew priceUsed priceUser
*CasioCFX-9850GC PLUS$13.494.527
CasioFX 2.0$96.994.022
Hewlett Packard39GS$68.99$21.994.036
*Hewlett PackardHP50G$379.99$92.004.5441
*Hewlett Packard39G+$99.99$30.044.55
*Texas InstrumentsTI-86$184.99$22.994.0106
*Texas InstrumentsTI89$125.00$17.954.5233
*Texas InstrumentsTI83PLUSSILVER$199.99$34.004.5113
Texas InstrumentsNS/CLM/1L1/B$180.00$37.854.068
*Texas InstrumentsN2/CLM/1L1$129.99$59.994.5127
*Texas InstrumentsN3/GC/1L1/B$116.00$97.554.0132
*Texas InstrumentsTINSPIRECXCASFF$144.45$110.324.5586
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/TBL/1L1/D$249.89$69.994.576
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/CLM/ILI/E$251.10$83.954.588
*Texas InstrumentsTI-84 PLUS SILV$209.99$49.004.5505
*Texas InstrumentsTI89 TITANIUM$123.45$71.494.5539
*Texas Instruments83PL/TBL/1L1$83.45$34.484.0913

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 11, 2017.


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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