Find the Right Calculator

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 July 19, 2019.
  • User rating: From 1 (unacceptable) to 5 (excellent).

Evaluation findings are summarized below.

MakeModelNew
price
Used
price
User
rating
Num
raters
CasioCFX-9850GC PLUS$299.95$79.953.539
CasioFX-CG10$110.57$65.954.5218
Hewlett Packard39G+$89.99$41.684.05
Hewlett PackardHP50G$499.99$99.984.5871
Texas InstrumentsN3CAS/CLM/2L1$169.01$105.004.62006
Texas InstrumentsFBA_84PLCE/TBL/1L1/W$146.56$129.894.813
Texas InstrumentsTI84PLSCELIGHTNTI84PLSCELIGHTN$145.00$129.894.476
Texas Instruments84PL/PWB/2L1/A$89.99$62.504.53908
Texas Instruments84PLCE/TBL/1L1/AH$116.99$114.954.51448
Texas Instruments83PL/TBL/1L1Too low to display$24.954.02112
Texas InstrumentsTI83PLUSSILVER$189.99$31.903.9214
Texas InstrumentsTI89 TITANIUM$123.99$41.194.31030
Texas InstrumentsTI-84 PLUS SILV$250.00$39.954.0871
Texas Instruments84PLSE/CLM/ILI/E$235.99$43.884.0139
Texas InstrumentsNSCAS/PWB/1L1$249.95$28.004.3188
Texas InstrumentsNS/CLM/1L1/B$299.99$24.993.9162
Texas Instruments84PLSE/TBL/1L1/D$249.89$70.944.2150
Texas InstrumentsN2/CLM/1L1$182.00$14.504.1186
Texas InstrumentsTINSPIRECXCASFF$179.99$164.754.5427
Texas InstrumentsN3/TBL/1L1/J$154.49$87.994.3854

We only reported results for calculators that received reasonably acceptable ratings from students (i.e., calculators that received a satisfaction rating of at least 3.5 on a 5-point scale). Prices are current, as of July 19, 2019.

Recommendations

The best calculator for you depends on your personal needs. Here are some things to consider.

  • Cost. If you want a new calculator at a low price, choose the 39G+, or the 84PL/PWB/2L1/A. If you want a used calculator at a low price, choose the N2/CLM/1L1.
  • User satisfaction. The highest rated calculator was the FBA_84PLCE/TBL/1L1/W, with a satisfaction rating of 4.8.
  • Peace of mind. If you are looking for a calculator with a favorable satisfaction score based on ratings from a large number of users, consider the N3CAS/CLM/2L1. It was rated by 2006 users, and received a satisfaction score of 4.6.

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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