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 October 27, 2016.
  • User rating: From 1 (unacceptable) to 5 (excellent).

Evaluation findings are summarized below.

MakeModelNew priceUsed priceUser
*CasioCFX-9850GC PLUS$13.494.527
*Hewlett PackardHP50G$67.93$59.994.5441
*Hewlett Packard39GS$34.45$24.284.036
*Hewlett Packard39G+$50.004.55
*Texas InstrumentsTI-86$23.254.0106
*Texas InstrumentsTI89$120.00$46.994.5233
*Texas InstrumentsTI83PLUSSILVER$55.00$52.954.5113
*Texas InstrumentsTI89 TITANIUM$112.00$55.004.5539
*Texas Instruments84PL/TBL/1L1$99.75$61.954.5785
*Texas InstrumentsTI-84 PLUS SILV$100.00$45.004.5505
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/CLM/ILI/E$100.00$84.994.588
*Texas InstrumentsNSCAS/PWB/1L1$210.16$36.954.0124
Texas InstrumentsNS/CLM/1L1/B$199.99$35.354.068
*Texas InstrumentsN2/CLM/1L1$170.00$51.884.5127
*Texas InstrumentsN3/GC/1L1/B$126.99$94.944.0132
*Texas InstrumentsTINSPIRECXCASFF$164.99$114.994.5586
*Texas Instruments83PL/TBL/1L1$60.00$34.504.0913
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/TBL/1L1/D$100.00$77.984.576

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 October 27, 2016.


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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