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