Use of Calculators on the CAAP Mathematics Test
ACT permits examinees to use a calculator on the CAAP Mathematics Test, but not on any of the other tests. However, all problems on the test can be solved without using a calculator. You may use any four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator, unless it has features described in the Prohibited Calculators list.
Examinees are responsible for ensuring their calculators are permitted.
The following types of devices are prohibited:
- handheld, tablet, or laptop computers, including PDAs.
- electronic writing pads or pen-input devices—Note: The Sharp EL 9600 is permitted.
- calculators built into cell phones or any other electronic communication devices.
- calculators with a typewriter keypad (letter keys in QWERTY format)—Calculators with letter keys not in QWERTY format are permitted.
- calculators with built-in computer algebra systems—Prohibited calculators in this category include:
- Casio: Algebra fx 2.0, ClassPad 300 or ClassPad 330, and all model numbers that begin with CFX-9970G.
- Texas Instruments: all model numbers that begin with TI-89 or TI-92; and the TI-Nspire CAS.
Note: The TI-Nspire (non-CAS) is permitted.
- Hewlett-Packard: HP 48GII and all model numbers that begin with HP 40G, HP 49G, or HP 50G.
ACT monitors new calculators as they become available. Call toll free 800.498.6481 for a recorded message about the latest list of prohibited calculators.
Calculators Permitted with Modification
The following types of calculators are permitted, but only if they are modified as noted:
- calculators with paper tape—Remove the tape.
- calculators that make noise—Turn off the sound.
- calculators with an infrared data port—Completely cover the infrared data port with heavy opaque material such as duct tape or electrician’s tape.
- calculators that have power cords—Remove all power/electrical cords.
Some calculators may have mathematical formulas printed on the calculator itself; these calculators are permitted. Likewise, some calculators come with preprinted instructions for the use of the calculator that are inserted into the calculator cover and carried with it; these instructions do not need to be removed.
Examinees must not share calculators. No examinee may use more than one calculator at a time.
Examples of Permitted Calculators
Scientific or graphing
Examples of Prohibited Calculators