# Math IIC without graphing calculator

<p>I'm taking the Math IIC this November, and I'm contemplating whether to use a graphing calculator or not. I came from a school where such calculators are practically unheard of. I've never owned a graphing calculator before, and I still have no idea how to use it. I originally planned to buy, but I realized it's expensive(At least, in my standards).</p>

<p>I wonder, can I still get an 800 even if I only use a scientific calculator?</p>

<p>My calculator died out the first time I took the IIC and got a 700, haha. It's kind of painful not having a calculator to work with. A scientific is fine though. I never had to use the graphing functions when I took the test for my 800 the second time</p>

<p>You dont need the graphing calculator, as long as you are 100% comfortable with the calculator you are currently using. By comfort, i mean down to how the button feels when you press it :). An unfarmiliar calculator can more time fiddling around with buttons and less time thinking about on the problem.</p>

<p>I for one just found the graphing calculator comfortable because of its large screen and the fact that you can see the previous steps you took to get an answer.</p>

<p>I found the factorial key really useful, if I remember correctly, for the Math IIC. </p>

<p>ETS claims to make the tests, though, so that calculators are not necessary. I personally would recommend getting a graphing calculator - but I do not often worry about cost, so I'm afraid I can't empathize with you.</p>

<p>I highly doubt that ETS claims to make te test so that calculators are not necessary. I mean how are you supposed to solve this question.</p>

<p>If A = E^kt</p>

<p>Find k when A = 10,000 and t = 12.</p>

<p>This question would take 5 seconds with a calculator. And possibly the rest of your remaining life without.</p>

<p>They ALWAYS say that "Math questions can be answered with or without a calculator." </p>

<p>"And possibly the rest of your remaining life without." That was priceless.</p>

<p>I think that's the SAT I math. The SAT II Math IIC was designed to be taken WITH a calculator. Hence the "C".</p>

<p>lol yea, I think you need a calculator. Can't you borrow it from someone?</p>

<p>Is that math hard on it...?</p>

<p>Like is it less trickier than the math offered on the SAT I?</p>

<p>I should crack out my SAT II book from the CB.</p>

<p>Math IIC is definitely harder than SAT I math. It covers precalc which is not on the sat i.</p>

<p>I know a kid who forgot his calculator on test day and still got a 790 on the Math 2C, so yeah it can definitely be done.</p>

<p>Is the SAT II for Match 2C based entirely on PreCalculus or does it have some Calculus in it? thanks...</p>

<p>There might be some calculus in it. But it's really elementary calculus, that you can solve without calculus. If that makes any sense to you.</p>

<p>yeah, its calculus in the most general sense (whats the graph of acceleration? velocity? displacement?)</p>

<p>I have my scientific calculator, but not graphing. I'm aiming for an 800, and wouldn't settle for any other score.</p>

<p>Is it possible to get such score with only my scientific calculator? I mean, considering the generous curve.</p>

<p>Yea. You might not be able to verify your answers by just graphing, but you can definitely get 800 if you dont' make any mistakes. Try doing a practice test with just ur scientific calculaturo.</p>