Some questions on these tests cannot be solved without a scientifi c or a graphing calculator. You do not need to use a calculator to solve every question, but it is important to know when and how to use one. If you take these tests without a calculator, you will be at a disadvantage.
We recommend the use of a graphing calculator over a scientifi c calculator because a graphing calculator may provide an advantage on some questions.
You may not use a calculator for other Subject Tests and must put it away when not taking a mathematics test.
For 50–60 percent of the questions on Level 1 and 35–45 percent of the questions on Level 2, there is no advantage, perhaps even a disadvantage, to using a calculator. For 40–50 percent of the questions on Level 1 and 55–65 percent of the questions on Level 2, a calculator may be useful or necessary.
What Type of Calculator Should I Bring?
Bring a calculator that you are used to using. It may be a scientifi c or a graphing calculator. If you’re comfortable with both a scientifi c and a graphing calculator, bring a graphing calculator.
Verify that your calculator is in good working condition before you take the test. You may bring batteries and a backup calculator to the test center.
No substitute calculators or batteries will be available at the test center. Students may not share calculators.
If your calculator malfunctions during the Level 1 or Level 2 Tests and you do not have a backup calculator, you must tell your test supervisor when the malfunction occurs in order to cancel scores on these tests only.
The following are not permitted:
Laptops and portable/handheld computers
Electronic writing pads or pen-input/stylus-driven devices (e.g., Palm, PDAs, Casio ClassPad 300)Pocket organizers
Models with QWERTY (i.e., typewriter) keypads (e.g., TI-92 Plus, Voyage 200) Models with paper tapes
Models that make noise or “talk”
Models that require an electrical outlet
Cell phone calculators