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 January 17, 2017.
  • User rating: From 1 (unacceptable) to 5 (excellent).

Evaluation findings are summarized below.

Best
buys
MakeModelNew priceUsed priceUser
rating
Number
of
raters
*CasioFX-9750GPLUS$82.49$7.784.527
*CasioCFX-9850GC PLUS$13.494.527
CasioFX-9860GSLIM$112.95$69.954.09
*CasioFX-CG10$94.95$62.894.591
*CasioFX-9860GII$61.23$54.124.559
*CasioFX9750GII$39.77$24.624.5105
*Hewlett Packard39GS$34.45$23.984.036
*Hewlett PackardHP50G$69.00$52.994.5441
*Hewlett Packard39G+$50.004.55
*Texas InstrumentsTINSPIRECXCASFF$135.60$108.484.5586
*Texas Instruments83PL/TBL/1L1$82.78$33.894.0913
*Texas InstrumentsTI83PLUSSILVER$149.89$47.854.5113
*Texas InstrumentsTI-84 PLUS SILV$152.06$58.924.5505
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/CLM/ILI/E$120.00$73.954.588
*Texas InstrumentsNSCAS/PWB/1L1$24.954.0124
*Texas InstrumentsN2/CLM/1L1$125.00$36.954.5127
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/TBL/1L1/D$229.99$73.954.576
*Texas InstrumentsN3/GC/1L1/B$121.94$78.954.0132
*Texas InstrumentsTI89$189.99$39.994.5233
Texas InstrumentsNS/CLM/1L1/B$128.91$31.954.068
*Texas Instruments84PL/TBL/1L1$93.99$59.954.5785
*Texas InstrumentsTI89 TITANIUM$126.99$67.954.5539
*Texas InstrumentsTI-86$199.99$23.754.0106

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 January 17, 2017.

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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