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Are students permitted to use the TI-30XA calculator on the PSAT?

Anyone here know if the TI-30XA is an acceptable calculator to use on the PSAT? I want to be fully prepared and ensure I have the right tools.

8 months ago

Absolutely, the TI-30XA calculator is allowed for use on the PSAT. The College Board, which administers the PSAT, permits the use of most graphing and scientific calculators, as long as they don't have features like a computer-style qwerty keyboard, use paper tape, make noise, or require an electrical outlet. The TI-30XA, being a scientific calculator, falls well within these guidelines, so you should be good to go!

I encourage you to familiarize yourself with your calculator's functions before test day if you haven't already done so. Practice using it during your study sessions to become comfortable and efficient with its operations. You might already know this, but during the actual exam, it's handy to know any shortcuts your calculator offers to save time on relatively simple calculations. For example, knowing how to quickly use the statistical features or fraction functions can be quite helpful.

Do note that there are two math sections on the PSAT, and you will only be allowed to use your calculator on one of them, so you should also brush up on your basic mental math skills if you're feeling rusty—the questions are designed to account for the fact that you won't have a calculator, but you still don't want to get tripped up on something simple.

Make sure your calculator is in good working condition and that the batteries are fresh to avoid any unexpected interruptions on test day. Best of luck on your PSAT!

8 months ago

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