Use of a Four-Function Calculator

Learn the easiest, most efficient way to request accommodations for a College Board test.

While some College Board math sections allow all students to use a calculator, other math sections do not. Students can request the use of a four-function calculator for use on noncalculator sections. Four-function calculators are basic calculators that have functions limited to addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, square roots, and percentage.

Eligibility

Students must have a diagnosed disability, such as dyscalculia, that impairs their ability to perform math calculations.

Limitations

The use of a four-function calculator is limited as follows:

  • Four-function calculators can only be used on test sections that require math calculations. They must be put away during nonmathematical sections.
  • College Board policy on use of a calculator may vary by exam. Check by reading calculator policies for the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 and the SAT, or visiting AP Students to read calculator policies for specific AP exams.
  • Graphing calculators may not be used for noncalculator math sections. Only calculators that are limited to addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, square root, and percent may be used.

FAQs

What is a four-function calculator?

A four-function calculator may actually have four, five, or six basic functions, but they must be limited to addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, square roots, and percentage.

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