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Are calculators allowed on the ACT exam?

Calculators for the ACT

Yes, most 4 -function, scientific, and graphing calculators are permitted.

Calculating devices that you can not use include cell phone calculators, calculators with a full QWERTY keyboard, and tablets or laptops. Therefor the main calculator functionality that is prohibited on the ACT is the Computer Algebra System functionality.

You are tested on your ability to solve the algebra problems without the aid of a calculator. So, any calculator that has this functionality built-in, or where it can be downloaded, is not allowed.

A list of Prohibited Calculators on the ACT

Do note – this is not a full and comprehensive list. So if you are not sure you can get in touch with us! Here are a few of the calculators that are explicitly banned:

Texas Instruments

  • All model numbers that begin with TI-89 or TI-92
  • TI-Nspire CAS (TI-Nspire non-CAS is permitted)


  • HP Prime
  • HP48GII
  • All model numbers that begin with HP 40G, HP 49G, or HP 50G


  • fx-CP400 (ClassPad 400)
  • ClassPad 300 or ClassPad 330
  • Algebra fx 2.0
  • All model numbers that begin with CFX-9970G


Additionally, you can not use any calculators in cell phones, tablets, laptops or QWERTY format letter keys. ‘QWERTY’ format letter keys are also not allowed.

And one final note! Bring extra batteries or make sure your calculator is charged. The only thing worse than bringing a prohibited calculator is bringing a dead calculator.


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