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 January 27, 2015.
  • User rating: From 1 (unacceptable) to 5 (excellent).

Evaluation findings are summarized below.

Best
buys
MakeModelNew priceUsed priceUser
rating
Number
of
raters
CasioFX 2.0$99.98$56.054.022
*CasioCFX-9850GC PLUS$49.954.527
*CasioFX-9860GII$64.51$62.994.559
*CasioFX-CG10Too low to display$59.954.591
*CasioFX-9750GPLUS$39.98$2.004.527
*CasioFX9750GII$42.60$36.994.5105
*Hewlett PackardHP50G$72.79$62.004.5441
*Hewlett Packard39GS$31.99$32.994.036
*Hewlett Packard39G+$79.004.55
*Texas InstrumentsTINSPIRECXCASFF$139.404.5586
*Texas InstrumentsTI-86$199.99$33.994.0106
*Texas InstrumentsTI89$150.00$49.994.5233
*Texas InstrumentsTI83PLUSSILVER$149.95$47.994.5113
*Texas InstrumentsTI89 TITANIUM$119.99$70.004.5539
*Texas InstrumentsTI-84 PLUS SILV$138.99$63.734.5505
*Texas InstrumentsNSCAS/PWB/1L1$65.00$9.994.0124
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/TBL/1L1/D$140.00$73.714.576
*Texas InstrumentsN2/CLM/1L1$115.00$34.754.5127
*Texas Instruments83PL/TBL/1L1$86.99$44.994.0913
*Texas InstrumentsN3/GC/1L1/B$122.95$64.944.0132
Texas InstrumentsNS/CLM/1L1/B$119.99$37.054.068
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/CLM/ILI/E$139.99$85.954.588
*Texas Instruments84PL/TBL/1L1$103.99$69.994.5785

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 January 27, 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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