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Approved Calculators

When you take the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, you can use a calculator for part of the Math Test, but it has to be an approved type.

Important:

New for Fall 2015

Calculators are allowed on only one part of the Math Test.

Bring One of These Calculators

  • Graphing calculator (most models permitted; see Official Student Guide for list)
  • Scientific calculator
  • Four-function calculator (not recommended)

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

Calculator Smarts

  • Bring your own calculator. You can’t share one.
  • Don’t bring a brand-new calculator. Bring one you know.
  • Practice for the test using the same calculator you’ll use on test day.
  • 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.

Get All the Details

The Official Student Guide includes complete rules and more tips.

 

Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT

Provides important test details, familiarizes students with question types, and includes information on the National Merit® Scholarship Program.

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