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Graphing calculators on the PSAT: Allowed or Not?

I'm gearing up for the PSAT and math isn't my strongest suit, so I want to make sure I have all the tools I might need. I've gotten the hang of using a graphing calculator, but I'm not 100% sure if we're allowed to use them on the PSAT. Anyone know the official rule on this?

7 months ago

Yes, you're definitely allowed to use graphing calculators during the PSAT. The College Board, which administers the PSAT, permits the use of most graphing calculators as long as they don't have a QWERTY keyboard or internet capability. It's recommended that you use the same calculator you've practiced with to ensure you're comfortable using it during the test.

Just to be on the safe side, it would be a good idea to check the official College Board website for their list of approved graphing calculators to make sure yours is on there. Also, be mindful of the test rules regarding when you can use your calculator – there's a specific math section where it’s allowed, and another section where it isn't.

A few days before the test, check to make sure your calculator is in good working order, and bring extra batteries on test day to avoid any technical difficulties. Having your graphing calculator can be a real asset during the PSAT, especially if you've been practicing with it regularly, and you don't want to miss out on that benefit because of a glitch.

Good luck!

7 months ago

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