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Calculator Use

You may use a calculator on the math sections.

Students are strongly encouraged to take a calculator to the PSAT/NMSQT, whether or not they plan to use it.

  • Take a calculator you are comfortable using. Don't buy a new one just for the test.
  • Don't try to use the calculator on every question. No question requires one.
  • Decide how to solve each problem before deciding whether to use a calculator.
  • Practice sample questions with a calculator on hand.
  • Students will not be allowed to share calculators with other students.

Approved calculators:

  • four-function calculator
  • scientific calculator
  • graphing calculator

Calculators NOT permitted:

  • pocket organizer
  • hand-held or laptop computer
  • electronic writing pad or pen input device
  • calculator with a QWERTY (typewriter-like) keypad
  • calculator with paper tape
  • calculator that makes noises or "talks"
  • calculator that requires an outlet