When you take the PSAT 8/9, you can use a calculator for part of the Math Test, but it has to be an approved type.
Did You Know?
Calculators are allowed on only one part of the Math Test.
- Bring your own calculator. You can't share one.
- Don't bring a brand-new calculator. Bring one you know.
- Decide how to solve a problem, then decide if you need your calculator. This might surprise you, but calculators don’t always save time. In fact, the Math Test includes some questions where it's faster not to use a calculator, even though you’re allowed to.
If you have a calculator with characters that are one inch or higher, or if your calculator has a raised display that might be visible to other test-takers, you will be seated at the discretion of the test coordinator.
Only battery-operated, handheld equipment can be used for testing. No power cords are allowed.
Calculators permitted during testing include:
- Most graphing calculators (see chart)
- All scientific calculators
- All four-function calculators (not recommended)
Brands and Models
These calculators all pass the test.
You are not allowed to use any of the following items as a calculator:
- Laptops or other computers, tablets, cell phones, or smartphones
- Smartwatches or wearable technology of any kind
- Models that can access the Internet, have wireless, Bluetooth, cellular, audio/video recording and playing, camera, or any other smart phone type feature
- Models that have a computer-style (QWERTY) keypad, pen-input, or stylus
- Models that use electrical outlets, make noise, or have a paper tape
- Calculator function on a mobile phone
- In addition, the use of hardware peripherals such as a stylus with an approved calculator is not permitted. Some models with touch-screen capability are not permitted (e.g., Casio ClassPad).
Leave These Devices at Home
- Anything that can connect to the Internet
- Anything that makes noise or "talks"
- Calculators that use electrical outlets
- Calculators with QWERTY keypads
- Tablets or cellphones
- Laptops or handheld computers
- Paper-tape calculators
- Calculators with a pen-input device or stylus