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 December 2, 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$67.00$59.904.5441
Hewlett Packard39GS$34.45$19.984.036
*Hewlett Packard39G+$100.00$50.004.55
*Texas InstrumentsN3/GC/1L1/B$124.00$96.894.0132
*Texas InstrumentsTI89$199.99$37.994.5233
*Texas Instruments83PL/TBL/1L1$71.00$36.004.0913
*Texas Instruments84PL/TBL/1L1$94.99$59.994.5785
*Texas InstrumentsNSCAS/PWB/1L1$272.54$48.994.0124
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/TBL/1L1/D$239.99$68.994.576
*Texas InstrumentsTINSPIRECXCASFF$129.994.5586
*Texas InstrumentsN2/CLM/1L1$158.78$59.994.5127
*Texas InstrumentsTI-86$199.99$21.994.0106
*Texas InstrumentsTI89 TITANIUM$119.99$63.994.5539
Texas InstrumentsNS/CLM/1L1/B$179.99$39.354.068
*Texas InstrumentsTI83PLUSSILVER$81.99$49.994.5113
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/CLM/ILI/E$178.00$64.254.588
*Texas InstrumentsTI-84 PLUS SILV$200.00$48.994.5505

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 December 2, 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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