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 4, 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$79.98$10.494.527
CasioFX 2.0$69.99$26.614.022
*CasioCFX-9850GC PLUS$26.884.527
*CasioFX-9860GII$61.00$49.804.559
*CasioFX-CG10$101.99$79.994.591
*CasioFX9750GII$40.71$34.994.5105
*Hewlett PackardHP50G$67.00$54.994.5441
Hewlett Packard39GS$45.99$28.994.036
*Texas InstrumentsN3/GC/1L1/B$121.98$99.944.0132
*Texas InstrumentsTINSPIRECXCASFF$139.994.5586
*Texas InstrumentsTI-86$189.99$18.294.0106
*Texas InstrumentsTI89$158.95$49.844.5233
*Texas InstrumentsTI83PLUSSILVER$199.99$59.034.5113
*Texas Instruments84PL/TBL/1L1$99.98$71.994.5785
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/CLM/ILI/E$185.99$82.954.588
*Texas InstrumentsN2/CLM/1L1$90.00$45.004.5127
*Texas InstrumentsNSCAS/PWB/1L1$90.89$18.994.0124
Texas InstrumentsNS/CLM/1L1/B$41.854.068
*Texas InstrumentsTI-84 PLUS SILV$230.00$64.994.5505
*Texas InstrumentsTI89 TITANIUM$123.80$81.994.5539
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/TBL/1L1/D$199.99$70.004.576
*Texas Instruments83PL/TBL/1L1$85.00$42.004.0913

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 4, 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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