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 3, 2015.
  • User rating: From 1 (unacceptable) to 5 (excellent).

Evaluation findings are summarized below.

Best
buys
MakeModelNew priceUsed priceUser
rating
Number
of
raters
*CasioFX-9750GPLUS$59.99$9.994.527
CasioFX 2.0$99.98$45.134.022
*CasioCFX-9850GC PLUS$30.004.527
*CasioFX-CG10$84.49$49.994.591
*CasioFX-9860GII$68.94$44.004.559
*CasioFX9750GII$37.95$14.294.5105
*Hewlett PackardHP50GToo low to display$57.974.5441
Hewlett Packard39GS$43.99$34.994.036
*Texas InstrumentsN3/GC/1L1/B$98.99$72.924.0132
*Texas InstrumentsTI-86$95.55$6.964.0106
*Texas InstrumentsTI89$199.99$35.004.5233
*Texas Instruments83PL/TBL/1L1$72.00$35.004.0913
*Texas InstrumentsTI-84 PLUS SILV$100.00$47.984.5505
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/CLM/ILI/E$139.99$78.864.588
*Texas InstrumentsNSCAS/PWB/1L1$89.98$13.454.0124
*Texas InstrumentsN2/CLM/1L1$95.00$29.954.5127
*Texas InstrumentsTI83PLUSSILVER$169.00$49.894.5113
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/TBL/1L1/D$150.00$76.754.576
*Texas InstrumentsTINSPIRECXCASFF$137.574.5586
*Texas InstrumentsTI89 TITANIUM$115.00$59.994.5539
*Texas Instruments84PL/TBL/1L1$93.99$56.954.5785
Texas InstrumentsNS/CLM/1L1/B$88.99$40.004.068

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 July 3, 2015.

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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