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One of the most common students ask before taking the SAT is, “Can I use my calculator on the test?” The answer is yes… if you are careful about which one you bring. You do have to be careful to stick with the SAT’s list of approved calculators. Fortunately, the SAT is more relaxed about what is allowed that many other standardized test companies. Basically, any of the following features on a calculator means it will be banned from use on the SAT:
- No calculator that can communicate wirelessly, like a phone, an iPod Touch, or via an infared port.
- No stylus or pen based devices (so no Casio ClassPad), and no tablets like an iPad or Nexus.
- No calculators that have a computer-like “QWERTY” keyboard. Even though all TI-Nspire models have had a keyboard for many years, you will notice it is alphabetical, not QWERTY, like a computer. Who knows why the College Board hangs onto this rule?
- No calculators with that make sound or have a tape printout feature (so no adding machines!)
- No calculators that have to be plugged into an electrical outlet.
These rules allow for almost any Texas Instruments calculator. If you own a TI calculator, you’ll be OK if you have one of the following:
- TI-30 (including multiview)
- TI-84 (including the new color models)
- TI-89 (including Titanium)
- TI-Nspire (all models)
- TI-Nspire CAS (all models)
You’re NOT going to be allowed to use the following due to their QWERTY keyboards:
For more information, visit SAT acceptable calculators at the College Board website.
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