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, and evaluated each on the following criteria.

  • Price: The price of a new or used calculator, as of December 15, 2018.
  • User rating: From 1 (unacceptable) to 5 (excellent).

Evaluation findings are summarized below.

CasioCFX-9850GC PLUS$299.953.539
Hewlett PackardF2226A$66.753.531
Hewlett Packard39G+$29.994.05
Hewlett PackardHP50G$379.99$99.994.5871
Texas InstrumentsN3CAS/CLM/2L1Too low to display$114.994.62006
Texas InstrumentsFBA_84PLCE/TBL/1L1/W$139.994.813
Texas InstrumentsTI84PLSCELIGHTNTI84PLSCELIGHTN$144.89$144.064.476
Texas Instruments84PL/PWB/2L1/A$94.67$63.954.53908
Texas InstrumentsTI-84$111.99$104.454.51448
Texas InstrumentsTI-84 PLUS SILV$250.00$33.454.0871
Texas Instruments84PLSE/CLM/ILI/E$288.99$59.994.0139
Texas InstrumentsNSCAS/PWB/1L1$199.99$29.994.3188
Texas InstrumentsNS/CLM/1L1/B$219.99$34.013.9162
Texas Instruments84PLSE/TBL/1L1/D$249.99$58.154.2150
Texas InstrumentsN3/GC/1L1/B$123.99$90.004.3854
Texas InstrumentsTINSPIRECXCASFF$139.01$124.564.5427
Texas Instruments83PL/TBL/1L1$82.99$34.894.02112
Texas InstrumentsTI89 TITANIUM$129.99$69.394.31030
Texas InstrumentsTI83PLUSSILVER$40.853.9214
Texas InstrumentsN2/CLM/1L1$94.98$38.014.1186

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 December 15, 2018.


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 FX9750GII. If you want a used calculator at a low price, choose the 39G+, or the NSCAS/PWB/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 FX-9860GII or the N3CAS/CLM/2L1. Both calculators received a satisfaction score of 4.6, based on ratings from at least 100 users.

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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