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 September 26, 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$80.00$9.954.527
CasioFX 2.0$60.004.022
*CasioCFX-9850GC PLUS$13.494.527
*CasioFX-CG10$99.99$74.994.591
*CasioFX-9860GII$52.20$56.994.559
*CasioFX9750GII$43.38$40.994.5105
*Hewlett PackardHP50G$61.99$49.974.5441
*Hewlett Packard39GS$34.85$27.944.036
*Hewlett Packard39G+$50.004.55
*Texas InstrumentsTI-86$199.99$22.994.0106
*Texas InstrumentsTI83PLUSSILVER$64.894.5113
*Texas Instruments84PL/TBL/1L1$113.69$62.994.5785
*Texas InstrumentsTI-84 PLUS SILV$179.99$49.954.5505
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/CLM/ILI/E$178.00$69.994.588
*Texas InstrumentsNSCAS/PWB/1L1$99.00$24.954.0124
*Texas Instruments83PL/TBL/1L1$44.00$39.954.0913
*Texas InstrumentsTI89 TITANIUM$120.00$66.004.5539
*Texas InstrumentsTI89$199.99$39.004.5233
Texas InstrumentsNS/CLM/1L1/B$199.99$39.354.068
*Texas InstrumentsN2/CLM/1L1$214.51$59.994.5127
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/TBL/1L1/D$239.99$74.954.576
*Texas InstrumentsTINSPIRECXCASFF$159.99$120.994.5586
*Texas InstrumentsN3/GC/1L1/B$136.96$102.994.0132

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 September 26, 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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