Calculator Policy

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If you're taking a Subject Test in Mathematics, bring an approved calculator on test day. Test centers will not provide one.

The only Subjects Tests for which calculators are allowed are Mathematics Level 1 and Mathematics Level 2. You must put it away when not taking a mathematics test. A scientific or graphing calculator is necessary for these tests. We recommend using a graphing calculator rather than a scientific calculator.

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.
  • The test includes some questions where it's better not to use a calculator, even though you’re allowed to.
  • It may help to do scratch work in the test book. Get your thoughts down before using your calculator.
  • Make sure your calculator is in good working order and that batteries are fresh. The test center will not have batteries or extra calculators. If your calculator fails during testing and you have no backup, you'll have to complete the test without it.

Acceptable Calculators

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.

  • FX-6000 series
  • FX-6200 series
  • FX-6300 series
  • FX-6500 series
  • FX-7000 series
  • FX-7300 series
  • FX-7400 series
  • FX-7500 series
  • FX-7700 series
  • FX-7800 series
  • FX-8000 series
  • FX-8500 series
  • FX-8700 series
  • FX-8800 series
  • Graph25 series
  • FX-9700 series
  • FX-9750 series
  • FX-9860 series
  • CFX-9800 series
  • CFX-9850 series
  • CFX-9950 series
  • CFX-9970 series
  • FX 1.0 series
  • Algebra FX 2.0 series
  • FX-CG-10
  • FX-CG-20 series
  • FX-CG-50
  • Graph35 series
  • Graph75 series
  • Graph95 series
  • Graph100 series
  • FX-CG500**

** The use of the stylus is not permitted.

  • HP-9G
  • HP-28 series
  • HP-38G
  • HP-39 series
  • HP-40 series
  • HP-48 series
  • HP-49 series
  • HP-50 series
  • HP Prime
  • EC-4033
  • EC-4034
  • EC-4037
  • EL-5200
  • EL-9200 series
  • EL-9300 series
  • EL-9600 series**
  • EL-9900 series

** The use of the stylus is not permitted.

  • TI-73
  • TI-80
  • TI-81
  • TI-82
  • TI-83
  • TI-83 Plus
  • TI-83 Plus Silver
  • TI-84 Plus
  • TI-84 Plus CE
  • TI-84 Plus Silver
  • TI-84 Plus C Silver
  • TI-84 Plus T
  • TI-84 Plus CE-T
  • TI-85
  • TI-86
  • TI-89
  • TI-89 Titanium
  • TI-Nspire
  • TI-Nspire CX
  • TI-Nspire CX II
  • TI-Nspire CX II-T
  • TI-Nspire CM-C
  • TI-Nspire CAS
  • TI-Nspire CX CAS
  • TI-Nspire CX II CAS
  • TI-Nspire CX II-T CAS
  • TI-Nspire CM-C CAS
  • TI-Nspire CX-C CAS
  • TI-Nspire CX II-C CAS
  • Datexx DS-883
  • Micronta
  • NumWorks
  • Smart2

Unacceptable Calculators

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).