AP Calculator Policy

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Important Updates

Beginning in 2018, for the AP Biology Exam students may now use a four-function (with square root), scientific, or graphing calculator.

Calculators can be used on all or some parts of the AP Exams listed here (and on no others).

  • Students should check the list of approved graphing calculators; bring only approved models.
  • Note: For the 2018 AP Biology Exam, students may now use a four-function (with square root), scientific, or graphing calculator.
  • Students may bring two permitted calculators. They should bring calculators they are familiar with that are in good working order. Calculators may not be shared.
  • Calculator memories do not need to be cleared before or after the exam.
  • If a student doesn’t want to use a calculator or if the option of providing a calculator isn’t feasible, the student may take an exam without one. However, if a student chooses to take an exam without a calculator, the student must hand copy, date, and sign the Calculator Release Statement, which is in the AP Coordinator’s Manual

Calculators are not allowed for any other AP Exams, including Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, and Environmental Science. 

2017-18 list of Approved Graphing Calculators

Updated August 2017

* Graphing calculators with the expected built-in capabilities for AP Calculus are indicated with an asterisk. See the AP Calculus AB and AP Calculus BC Course Description, effective Fall 2016 for details. However, students may bring any calculator on the list to the exam; any model within each series is acceptable. Only approved graphing calculators from the list are permitted for AP Calculus Exams.

This list will be updated as necessary, to include new approved calculators. Check this list periodically, and before the administration of the exams, to ensure that students have the most up-to-date information.

This list only includes approved graphing calculators. There is not an approved list of scientific (nongraphing) calculators.

Proctors are required to check calculators before the exam. Therefore, it is important for each student to have an approved calculator. Calculators may not be shared, and communication between calculators is prohibited during the exam.

Students must not use calculator memories to take test materials out of the room. Students who attempt to remove test materials from the room by any method will have their exam scores canceled.

Unacceptable Calculators and Technology

Students are not allowed to use any of the following:

  • Cell phones, smartphones, smartwatches and other wearable technology, portable/handheld computers, tablets, laptops, electronic writing pads, pocket organizers
  • Models with QWERTY (i.e., typewriter) keypads as part of hardware or software (e.g., TI-92 Plus, Voyage 200)
  • Models with pen-input/stylus capability (e.g., Palm, PDAs, Casio ClassPad)
  • Models with wireless or Bluetooth capability
  • Models that require an electrical outlet, "talk," make noise, or have a paper tape
  • Models that can access the internet
  • Models that have cell phone capability or audio/video recording capability
  • Models that have a digital audio/video player
  • Models that have a camera or scanning capability
  • Models with touch-screen capability that aren’t on the list of approved graphing calculators (e.g., Casio ClassPad)
  • Hardware peripherals such as a stylus, keyboard, or wireless adapter with an approved calculator

School-supplied backup calculators

Proctors should have a supply of extra AP-approved calculators on exam day. You should be able to provide a substitute calculator when:

  • A student does not have a calculator
  • A student arrives with an unacceptable calculator
  • A calculator malfunctions during the administration

If the student is unable to use the offered calculator, or is unfamiliar with its operation, call AP Services for Educators immediately.