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 May 22, 2016.
  • 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$3.514.527
CasioFX 2.0$75.994.022
*CasioCFX-9850GC PLUS$89.89$14.604.527
CasioFX-9860GSLIM$50.004.09
*CasioFX-9860GII$75.99$68.394.559
*CasioFX-CG10$88.98$69.764.591
*CasioFX9750GII$29.00$19.994.5105
*Hewlett PackardHP50G$49.00$35.804.5441
Hewlett Packard39GS$34.89$19.984.036
*Hewlett Packard39G+$75.00$18.954.55
*Texas InstrumentsN3/GC/1L1/B$112.75$70.004.0132
*Texas InstrumentsTI-86$17.494.0106
*Texas InstrumentsTI89$190.00$37.424.5233
*Texas Instruments83PL/TBL/1L1$54.00$27.994.0913
*Texas InstrumentsTI83PLUSSILVER$149.50$30.494.5113
*Texas InstrumentsTI-84 PLUS SILV$229.84$40.004.5505
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/CLM/ILI/E$154.99$52.004.588
*Texas InstrumentsNSCAS/PWB/1L1$99.00$28.954.0124
Texas InstrumentsNS/CLM/1L1/B$154.75$20.004.068
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/TBL/1L1/D$184.97$65.004.576
*Texas InstrumentsN2/CLM/1L1$84.99$54.114.5127
*Texas InstrumentsTINSPIRECXCASFF$134.514.5586
*Texas InstrumentsTI89 TITANIUM$119.82$57.974.5539
*Texas Instruments84PL/TBL/1L1$50.00$55.004.5785

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 May 22, 2016.

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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