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 November 21, 2014.
  • User rating: From 1 (unacceptable) to 5 (excellent).

Evaluation findings are summarized below.

Best
buys
MakeModelNew priceUsed priceUser
rating
Number
of
raters
*CasioFX-CG10$68.00$70.994.591
*CasioCFX-9850GC PLUS$119.99$68.004.527
*CasioFX-9860GII$48.22$34.994.559
CasioFX 2.0$99.98$57.004.022
*CasioFX-9750GPLUS$82.49$10.004.527
*CasioFX9750GII$30.51$29.954.5105
*Hewlett PackardHP50GToo low to display$74.994.5441
Hewlett Packard39GS$31.99$27.994.036
*Texas InstrumentsN3/GC/1L1/B$105.00$63.964.0132
*Texas InstrumentsTI83PLUSSILVER$120.00$39.994.5113
*Texas Instruments84PL/TBL/1L1$82.99$49.994.5785
*Texas InstrumentsTI-84 PLUS SILV$135.00$58.914.5505
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/CLM/ILI/E$137.00$68.954.588
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/TBL/1L1/D$140.00$78.954.576
*Texas InstrumentsN2/CLM/1L1$150.00$39.954.5127
*Texas InstrumentsTI-86$140.00$25.004.0106
*Texas InstrumentsTI89 TITANIUM$114.89$74.994.5539
*Texas InstrumentsTINSPIRECXCASFF$138.824.5586
Texas InstrumentsNS/CLM/1L1/B$99.99$44.954.068
*Texas InstrumentsNSCAS/PWB/1L1$199.99$18.444.0124
*Texas Instruments83PL/TBL/1L1$70.00$29.994.0913
*Texas InstrumentsTI89$225.00$29.994.5233

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 November 21, 2014.

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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