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 June 25, 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$75.50$9.494.527
*CasioCFX-9850GC PLUS$13.494.527
*CasioFX-CG10$93.99$64.994.591
*CasioFX-9860GII$68.90$54.584.559
CasioFX 2.0$99.494.022
*CasioFX9750GII$44.34$24.624.5105
*Hewlett PackardHP50G$265.90$99.994.5441
Hewlett Packard39GS$88.32$20.104.036
*Hewlett Packard39G+$99.99$49.994.55
*Texas InstrumentsTI-86$99.00$24.994.0106
*Texas InstrumentsTI89$120.00$24.004.5233
*Texas InstrumentsTI89 TITANIUM$131.99$60.004.5539
*Texas InstrumentsTI-84 PLUS SILV$247.00$49.984.5505
*Texas InstrumentsNSCAS/PWB/1L1$189.99$24.954.0124
*Texas InstrumentsN2/CLM/1L1$124.00$44.994.5127
*Texas InstrumentsN3/GC/1L1/B$114.00$89.954.0132
*Texas InstrumentsTINSPIRECXCASFF$145.46$99.004.5586
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/TBL/1L1/D$231.98$69.964.576
Texas InstrumentsNS/CLM/1L1/B$180.00$29.954.068
*Texas Instruments83PL/TBL/1L1$77.75$36.954.0913
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/CLM/ILI/E$199.99$67.974.588
*Texas InstrumentsTI83PLUSSILVER$38.994.5113

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 June 25, 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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