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 January 18, 2019.
  • User rating: From 1 (unacceptable) to 5 (excellent).

Evaluation findings are summarized below.

MakeModelNew
price
Used
price
User
rating
Num
raters
CasioFX-9750GPLUS$39.003.538
CasioCFX-9850GC PLUS$299.953.539
CasioFX-CG10$78.99$72.994.5218
CasioFX9750GII$47.50$30.004.5655
CasioFX-9860GII$78.00$56.004.6254
Hewlett PackardF2226A$64.953.531
Hewlett Packard39G+$29.994.05
Hewlett PackardHP50G$349.95$85.994.5871
Texas Instruments84PL/PWB/2L1/A$96.89$69.954.53908
Texas InstrumentsTI-84$116.86$92.954.51448
Texas InstrumentsTI83PLUSSILVER$189.99$37.403.9214
Texas InstrumentsTI-84 PLUS SILV$215.99$29.644.0871
Texas Instruments84PLSE/CLM/ILI/E$275.00$61.954.0139
Texas InstrumentsNSCAS/PWB/1L1$57.954.3188
Texas InstrumentsN2/CLM/1L1$144.99$34.574.1186
Texas InstrumentsN3/GC/1L1/B$123.50$90.004.3854
Texas Instruments84PLSE/TBL/1L1/D$229.89$75.884.2150
Texas InstrumentsTI84PLSCELIGHTNTI84PLSCELIGHTN$144.89$145.994.476
Texas Instruments83PL/TBL/1L1Too low to display$35.004.02112
Texas InstrumentsFBA_84PLCE/TBL/1L1/W$136.454.813
Texas InstrumentsTINSPIRECXCASFF$144.90$112.004.5427
Texas InstrumentsTI89 TITANIUM$124.00$54.994.31030

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 January 18, 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 FX9750GII. If you want a used calculator at a low price, choose the TI-84 PLUS SILV.
  • 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. It was rated by 254 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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