Important Updates
The policies below apply to paper and pencil AP Exams and digital AP Exams in 2021.
Important to know:
 Only certain types and brands of calculators are allowed. Scroll down this page to see the list of approved graphing calculators and the list of unacceptable calculators. The proctor will check all calculators before the exam starts.
 You can bring up to 2 permitted calculators to the exam. Be sure to bring calculators that you’re familiar with and that are in good working order.
 You don’t need to clear your calculators’ memories before or after the exam.
Exam day rules:
 You can’t share calculators with other exam takers.
 You can’t use your calculator to communicate with other calculators.
 You can’t use calculator memories to take test materials out of the room. If you try to take test materials out of the room by any method, your scores will be canceled.
 If you don’t want to use a calculator, you may take an exam without one. However, if you choose to take an exam without a calculator, you must hand copy, date, and sign a Calculator Release Statement on exam day, which will be provided by your AP coordinator or proctor.
Courses and Calculator Use (2021 AP Exams)
Course 
Type of calculator allowed 
Paper and Pencil Exam Section I Multiple Choice 
Paper and Pencil Exam Section II Free Response 
Digital Exam – All Sections 

Biology 

Allowed 
Allowed 
Allowed 
Calculus AB 
Graphing calculator 
Required for Part B 
Required for Part A 
Allowed for all sections. Not required for Section I Part A and Section II Part B. 
Calculus BC 
Graphing calculator 
Required for Part B 
Required for Part A 
Allowed for all sections. Not required for Section I Part A and Section II Part B. 
Chemistry 
A scientific calculator (must not have unapproved features or capabilities; see list of unapproved calculators and technology) or graphing calculator are recommended; a fourfunction calculator is allowed but not recommended. 
Not Allowed 
Allowed 
Allowed for all sections. Not required for Section I and Section II Part A (Multiple Choice). 
Environmental Science 
Fourfunction (with square root), scientific, or graphing calculator 
Allowed 
Allowed 
Allowed 
Macroeconomics  Fourfunction, scientific, or graphing calculator  Not Allowed  Not Allowed  Allowed 
Microeconomics  Fourfunction, scientific, or graphing calculator  Not Allowed  Not Allowed  Allowed 
Physics 1 
Fourfunction, scientific, or graphing calculator 
Allowed 
Allowed 
Allowed 
Physics 2 
Fourfunction, scientific, or graphing calculator 
Allowed 
Allowed 
Allowed 
Physics C: Mechanics 
Fourfunction, scientific, or graphing calculator 
Allowed 
Allowed 
Allowed 
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism 
Fourfunction, scientific, or graphing calculator 
Allowed 
Allowed 
Allowed 
Statistics 
Graphing calculator with statistical capabilities. Nongraphing calculators are permitted if they have the required statistics computational capabilities described in the AP Statistics Course and Exam Description. 
Expected 
Expected 
Expected 
Calculators are not allowed for any other AP Exams, including Computer Science A and Computer Science Principles.
202021 List of Approved Graphing Calculators
This list was updated in January 2021.
Casio
FX6000 Series 
FX6200 Series 
FX6300 Series 
FX6500 Series 
FX7000 Series 
FX7300 Series 
FX7400 Series 
FX7500 Series 
FX7700 Series 
FX7800 Series 
FX8000 Series 
FX8500 Series 
FX8700 Series 
FX8800 Series 
Graph25 Series 
FX9700 Series* 
FX9750 Series* 
FX9860 Series* 
CFX9800 Series* 
CFX9850 Series* 
CFX9950 Series* 
CFX9970 Series* 
FX 1.0 Series* 
FXCG10 * 
Algebra FX 2.0 Series* 
FXCG20 Series* 
FXCG50* 
Graph35 Series* 
Graph75 Series* 
Graph95 Series* 
Graph100 Series* 
FXCG500* (The use of the stylus is not permitted) 
HewlettPackard
HP9G 
HP28 Series* 
HP38G* 
HP39 Series* 
HP40 Series* 
HP48 Series* 
HP49 Series* 
HP50 Series* 
HP Prime* 
Radio Shack
EC4033 
EC4034 
EC4037 
Sharp
EL5200 
EL9200 Series* 
EL9300 Series* 
EL9600 Series* (The use of the stylus is not permitted) 
EL9900 Series* 
Texas Instruments
TI73 
TI80 
TI81 
TI82* 
TI83* 
TI83 Plus* 
TI83 Plus Silver* 
TI84 Plus* 
TI84 Plus CE* 
TI84 Plus Silver* 
TI84 Plus C Silver* 
TI84 Plus T* 
TI84 Plus CET* 
TI85* 
TI86* 
TI89* 
TI89 Titanium* 
TINspire* 
TINspire CX* 
TINspire CAS* 
TINspire CX CAS* 
TINspire CMC* 
TINspire CMC CAS* 
TINspire CXC CAS* 
TINspire CX II* 
TINspire CX IIT* 
TINspire CX II CAS* 
TINspire CX IIT CAS* 
TINspire CX IIC CAS* 
Other
Datexx DS883 
Micronta 
NumWorks 
Smart2 
*Graphing calculators with the expected builtin capabilities for AP Calculus are indicated with an asterisk. See the AP Calculus AB and BC Course and Exam Description 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 regularly before exam day to make sure you have the most uptodate information.
This list only includes approved graphing calculators. There is not an approved list of scientific (nongraphing) calculators.
Unacceptable Calculators and Technology
Students are not allowed to use any of the following:
 Phones, smartwatches, or wearable technology of any kind
 Portable/handheld computers, tablets, laptops, electronic writing pads
 Models with QWERTY (i.e., typewriterlike) keypads as part of hardware or software (e.g., TI92 Plus, Voyage 200)
 Models with peninput/stylus capability (e.g., Palm, PDAs, Casio ClassPad)
 Models with wireless, Bluetooth, or cellular capability
 Models that require an electrical outlet, “talk”** or make noise, or have a paper tape
 Models that can access the internet
 Models that have cell phone capability or audio/video recording or playing capability
 Models that have a camera, scanning capability, or any other smartphonetype features
 Models with touchscreen 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
**Unless approved by College Board’s SSD Office as an accommodation.