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 April 20, 2015.
  • User rating: From 1 (unacceptable) to 5 (excellent).

Evaluation findings are summarized below.

MakeModelNew priceUsed priceUser
CasioFX 2.0$99.98$57.004.022
*CasioCFX-9850GC PLUS$34.954.527
*Hewlett PackardHP50G$69.00$72.004.5441
Hewlett Packard39GS$39.99$32.994.036
*Texas InstrumentsTINSPIRECXCASFF$138.864.5586
*Texas InstrumentsTI-86$199.99$17.944.0106
*Texas InstrumentsTI89$150.00$43.004.5233
*Texas InstrumentsTI89 TITANIUM$115.00$71.464.5539
*Texas Instruments84PL/TBL/1L1$97.99$62.404.5785
Texas InstrumentsNS/CLM/1L1/B$74.50$29.954.068
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/TBL/1L1/D$173.25$75.004.576
*Texas InstrumentsNSCAS/PWB/1L1$83.95$18.474.0124
*Texas InstrumentsTI-84 PLUS SILV$145.95$58.894.5505
*Texas InstrumentsN2/CLM/1L1$129.49$27.954.5127
*Texas Instruments84PLSE/CLM/ILI/E$135.00$74.994.588
*Texas InstrumentsN3/GC/1L1/B$118.00$64.994.0132
*Texas InstrumentsTI83PLUSSILVER$129.99$44.004.5113
*Texas Instruments83PL/TBL/1L1$74.95$34.954.0913

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 April 20, 2015.


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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