You’re allowed to use a calculator for written part of the admission exam — but there’s more to it than making sure you’ve got a fresh set of batteries.
- Bring your own calculator. – Calculators are not provided at the test center, and you can’t share a calculator.
- Calculators permitted during testing include:
- Most graphing calculators
- All scientific calculators
- All four-function calculators (not recommended)
- Don’t bring a brand-new calculator. Bring one you know. Practice for the test using the same calculator you’ll use on exam day.
- If you have a calculator with characters that are 2 cm or higher, or if your calculator has a raised display that might be visible to other exam-takers, you will be seated at the discretion of the test coordinator.
- It may help to do scratch work in the exam book (it is allowed). Get your thoughts down before using your calculator.
- Make sure your calculator is in good working order and that batteries are fresh. The test center will not have batteries or extra calculators. If your calculator fails during testing and you have no backup, you’ll have to complete the test without it.
- Only battery-operated, handheld equipment can be used for testing. No power cords are allowed.
- You will be dismissed and your scores canceled if you use your calculator to share information during the test, or to remove test questions or answers from the test room.
- You are not allowed to use any of the following items as a calculator:
- Laptops or other computers, tablets, cell phones, or smartphones
- Smartwatches or wearable technology of any kind
- Models that can access the Internet, have wireless, Bluetooth, cellular, audio/video recording and playing, camera, or any other smart phone type feature
- Models that have a computer-style (QWERTY) keypad, pen-input, or stylus
- Models that use electrical outlets, make noise, or have a paper tape
- Calculator function on a mobile phone
#In addition, the use of hardware peripherals such as a stylus with an approved calculator is not permitted. Some models with touch-screen capability are not permitted (e.g., Casio ClassPad).
/adopted from the SAT Calculator policy