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ACT Calculator policy

bkkellybkkelly 1 replies1 threads New Member
Just a question for anyone who may have had a similar experience. My son took the ACT this week (for the third time) as a junior. This was the state provided test at his high school. Upon initial instructions, he was informed that he could not use a calculator that he brought (even though he had two different calculators that meet the guidelines as printed by ACT). He was told he would have to use a provided calculator (which was a basic four function calculator with no graphing capabilities). Does anyone in this group know if this is allowed under ACT guidelines? Seems to me that it takes away from the standardization of the test, and places these students at a disadvantage to students taking at other testing centers that "follow the rules". Any input would be appreciated. TIA
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  • bkkellybkkelly 1 replies1 threads New Member
    Just FYI, I am planning to contact ACT, just wanted to see if this is an isolated case. Thanks
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  • Tigerwife92Tigerwife92 230 replies3 threads Junior Member
    edited February 26
    @bkkelly Hmmm; NC took theirs yesterday. Kids in our district use their own calculators, as long as they are one of the approved models, which for most is Ti84
    Edited to add: usually it's recommended to use a familiar calculator.
    edited February 26
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  • RichInPittRichInPitt 2995 replies48 threads Senior Member
    I’m pretty sure it’s not permitted for a proctor to take away a calculator that meets ACT’s standards.

    One of the key pieces of advice is always to bring a calculator that you are familiar with so you can focus on the problems rather than calculator operations. Sounds like he may have been at a disadvantage.

    Let us know what comes of this.
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  • Apollo22Apollo22 16 replies0 threads Junior Member
    I'm pretty sure as long as its not a CAS calculator or has a QWERTY keyboard the calculator should be permitted.
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