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.
- 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.
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).