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The ACT is a standardized achievement examination for college admissions in the United States produced by ACT, Inc., formerly known as American College Testing Program, Inc. It was first administered in Fall 1959 by Everett Franklin Lindquist as a competitor to the College Board's Scholastic Aptitude Test, now the SAT Reasoning Test.

Calculators are permitted in the Math section of the ACT tests only, but the requirements for the calculators are stricter than the SAT’s in that computer algebra systems (CAS) are not allowed.

**Permitted calculators**

Any four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator, unless it has features described in the Prohibited Calculators list. For models on the Calculators Permitted with Modification list, you will be required to modify some of the calculator's features.

**Prohibited Calculators**

(as of September 30, 2008)

calculators with built-in computer algebra systems | |

pocket
organizers | |

handheld
or laptop computers | |

electronic
writing pads or pen-input/stylus-driven devices | |

calculators built into cell phones or other electronic communication devices | |

calculators
with a QWERTY format keypad (Calculators with letter keys not in QWERTY format are permitted.) |

These
definitions restrict the use of certain
calculators:

Casio: Algebra fx 2.0, ClassPad 300 series, CFX-9970G | |

Hewlett-Packard: HP 40g series, HP 48gII, HP 49g, and HP 50g | |

Texas
Instruments: TI-89, TI-89 Titanium,
TI-92 Series, Voyage 200, and TI–Nspire CAS. The TI–Nspire (non-CAS) is
permitted. | |

Sharp:
The EL 9600 series is despite its stylus-driven input permitted. |

**Calculators Permitted with Modification**

These types of calculators are permitted, but only after they are modified as noted:

calculators
with paper tape: Remove the tape. | |

calculators
that make noise: Turn off the sound. | |

calculators
that can communicate wirelessly with other calculators: Completely cover the
infrared data port with heavy opaque material, such as duct tape or
electrician's tape (includes e.g. Hewlett-Packard HP 38g, HP 39g, and HP 48g
series) | |

calculators
that have power cords: Remove all power/electrical cords. |

The SAT Reasoning Tests and SAT Subject Tests are standardized test for college admissions in the United States. The SAT is administered by the not-for-profit College Board corporation in the United States, and is developed, published, and scored by the Educational Testing Service.

Calculators are permitted in the SAT tests and the College Board encourages the use of a graphing calculator over a scientific calculator for the Subject Tests.

**Permitted calculators**

Any four-function (not recommended), scientific, or graphing calculator, unless it has features described in the Prohibited Calculators list. If you have a calculator with characters that are one inch or higher, or if your calculator has a raised display that might be visible to other test-takers, you will be seated at the discretion of the test supervisor.

**Prohibited Calculators**

pocket
organizers | |

handheld
or laptop computers | |

electronic
writing pads or pen-input/stylus-driven devices | |

calculators built into cell phones or other electronic communication devices | |

calculators
with a QWERTY format keypad (Calculators with letter keys not in QWERTY format are permitted.) |

These
definitions restrict the use of certain
calculators:

Casio: ClassPad 300 series | |

Texas Instruments: TI-92 Series, Voyage 200 |

The PSAT/NMSQT, or Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, is a multiple-choice standardized test administered by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

Students are strongly encouraged to take a calculator to the PSAT/NMSQT, whether or not they plan to use it. The requirements for the permitted calculators are identical with the SAT Reasoning Tests and SAT Subject Tests.

The Advanced Placement Program is a program maintained by the College Board that offers college level courses at high schools across the United States and Canada.

The use of a graphing calculator is considered an integral part of the AP Calculus course, and is permissible on parts of the AP Calculus Exams.

A
graphing calculator appropriate for use on the exams is expected to have the
built-in capability to:

Plot the graph of a function within an arbitrary viewing window | |

Find the zeros of functions (solve equations numerically) | |

Numerically calculate the derivative of a function | |

Numerically calculate
the value of a definite integral |

**Permitted calculators**

(as of September 30, 2008)

Graphing
calculators having the expected built-in capabilities listed above are indicated
with an asterisk (*). However, students may bring any calculator on the list to
the exam.

Casio |
Hewlett-Packard |
Texas Instruments |

FX-6000 series | HP-9G | TI-73 |

FX-6200 series | HP-28 series * | TI-80 |

FX-6300 series | HP-38G * | TI-81 |

FX-6500 series | HP-39 series * | TI-82 * |

FX-7000 series | HP-40G * | TI-83 * |

FX-7300 series | HP-48 series * | TI-83 Plus * |

FX-7400 series | HP-49 series * | TI-83 Plus S.E. * |

FX-7500 series | HP-50 series * | TI-84 Plus * |

FX-7700 series | TI-84 Plus S.E. * | |

FX-7800 series | Radio Shack |
TI-85 * |

FX-8000 series | EC-4033 | TI-86 * |

FX-8500 series | EC-4034 | TI-89 * |

FX-8700 series | EC-4037 | TI-89 Titanium * |

FX-8800 series | TI-Nspire * | |

FX-9700 series * | Sharp |
TI-Nspire CAS * |

FX-9750 series * | EL-5200 | |

FX-9860 series * | EL-9200 series * | |

CFX-9800 series * | EL-9300 series * | |

CFX-9850 series * | EL-9600 series * | |

CFX-9950 series * | EL-9900 series * | Others |

CFX-9970 series * | Datexx DS-883 | |

FX 1.0 series * | Micronta | |

Algebra FX 2.0 series* | Smart2 |

**Prohibited Calculators**

(as of September 30, 2008)

nongraphing scientific calculators | |

pocket
organizers | |

handheld
or laptop computers | |

electronic
writing pads or pen-input/stylus-driven devices | |

calculators built into cell phones or other electronic communication devices | |

calculators
with a QWERTY format keypad (Calculators with letter keys not in QWERTY format are permitted.) |

Communication
between calculators is prohibited during the exam.

If you have additions to the above article please email: joerg@datamath.org.

© Joerg Woerner, October 14, 2007. No reprints without written permission.