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Calculator for SAT/ACT?

internetinternet Posts: 72Registered User Junior Member
Which calculator is best for the SAT & ACT? I am used to using the TI-83 Plus edition, but are there any other models that are better for these tests? Any models that have better programs than the other?
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  • DesafinadoDesafinado Posts: 773Registered User Member
    TI-83 is great if you really know it. You really don't need any more than that to get an 800. TI-84 what most people I know use, although there are definitely some 89 and nSpire users as well. 89 and nSpire are quite a bit more complicated to learn then 83/84 though they are also considerably more powerful. You can try an 89/nSpire if you've got the time to figure it out though.
  • 314159265314159265 Posts: 4,276Registered User Senior Member
    Be aware that the TI-89 and NSpire CAS (and any other calculator with a Computer Algebra System) aren't allowed on the ACT (but are allowed on the SAT).
  • dblazerdblazer Posts: 1,764Registered User Senior Member
    I don't even think TI-89s and above are allowed on SATs, though most proctors don't check. The TI-89 is unnecessary for SAT math.
  • 314159265314159265 Posts: 4,276Registered User Senior Member
    ^TI-89's and above (i.e. CAS calculators) are allowed on the SAT (but not the ACT). I'm sure of this.
  • TKsmomTKsmom Posts: 465Registered User Member
    On the ACT page it specifically has a page that lists calculators that are not allowed. TI-89 in Nspire are on the list of not allowed.

    TI-83, TI-84 etc are allowed.
  • fignewtonfignewton Posts: 1,411Registered User Senior Member
    Interesting that ACT disallows the TI-89 and Nspire but the College Board does not. Then again, SAT problems never require a calculator (and often aren't amenable to one) whereas some difficult ACT problems could be sidestepped with a high-end calculator.
  • 314159265314159265 Posts: 4,276Registered User Senior Member
    ^^The non-CAS NSpire is allowed on the ACT. ACT bans all calculators with a built-in CAS.
  • ATLMOM13ATLMOM13 Posts: 260- Junior Member
    A TI-83 or TI 84 is best for the ACT (you never know if a proctor will know the difference in a non-CAS NSpire) and will be sufficient for the SAT even though you can use a TI 89 or NSpire.
  • diana3diana3 Posts: 208Registered User Junior Member
    I just use the basic old TI-30. :)
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