PSAT Calculator Policy

October 14, 2016 10:21 am

Bring One of These Calculators

Leave These Devices at Home

  • Anything that can connect to the Internet
  • Anything that makes noise or “talks”
  • Calculators that use electrical outlets
  • Calculators with QWERTY keypads
  • Tablets or cellphones
  • Laptops or handheld computers
  • Paper-tape calculators
  • Calculators with a pen-input device or stylus

Calculator Smarts

  • Bring your own calculator. You can’t share one.
  • Don’t bring a brand-new calculator. Bring one you know.
  • Practice for the test using the same calculator you’ll use on test day.
  • Decide how to solve a problem, then decide if you need your calculator. This might surprise you, but calculators don’t always save time. In fact, the Math Test includes some questions where it’s faster not to use a calculator, even though you’re allowed to.

Danny Barr
Director of College Counseling