**What Calculators Are Allowed On The SAT?**

You are allowed to use a calculator on one of the two math sections of the SAT. Though you can do all of the math by hand, a calculator will save time on calculations and prevent common mistakes. It is essential you follow these top 9 rules to ensure you are properly prepared and know the rules for the SAT. So, what calculators are allowed on the SAT?

**1. Use A SAT Calculator You Are Familiar With**

The SAT is a timed test. You don’t have time to fiddle around with a new or fancy calculator you don’t know how to use. Your tried and true calculator will help you get through the questions with more speed and confidence. To familiarize yourself with all your calculator’s nifty features in advance, watch these SAT Calculator Hacks.

**2. Bring A SAT Calculator**

The SAT only requires you to do simple math, but even simple math can be time-consuming. Do not be tempted to leave your calculator at home. Every second saved doing a calculation is a second you can speck reviewing your answers. Furthermore, you are much more likely to make simple calculating mistakes when doing them in your head or on scratch paper.

**3. Bring An Approvable SAT Calculator**

The SAT rules permit most graphing or scientific calculators.. There are exceptions, however, which include calculators with any form of image-capturing and transmitting or receiving capability. Refer to the Calculator Policy for a full list of approved calculators.

**4. Prepare Your SAT Calculator**

First and foremost, make sure your calculator has fresh batteries. A perfectly programmed calculator is useless if its battery dies. Now, here are some useful functions to have:

Graphing: Graphing functions can help you quickly and easily determine the minimum, maximums, zeroes, or intercepts of a function.

Trigonometry: You won’t need to memorize sine and cosine values if your calculator has those functions.

Other Useful Programs: quadratic formula, FOIL, least common multiples, greatest common factors, and factor large numbers. You can write your own programs or search online for instructions.

Other Useful Programs: quadratic formula, FOIL, least common multiples, greatest common factors, and factor large numbers. You can write your own programs or search online for instructions.

**5. Don’t Overdo The Programs**

The purpose of programming your calculator is for quick reference. Don’t program so much into your calculator that you have to spend as much time finding the program as it would take you to solve it yourself.

**6. Practice Problems With Your SAT Calculator**

Complete a few practice problems after programming your calculator. You don’t want to have to figure out how to input the data into your programs on test day. The same is true for using your calculator’s nifty functions. Even if they seem self-explanatory, a few practice runs can save you precious time on exam day.

**7. Follow The Rules For SAT Calculators**

Don’t use your calculator on any section other than the math section. Don’t communicate with others using your calculator. Don’t share your calculators with others. Basically, don’t be a cheater.

**8. Don’t Rely On The Calculator**

Just as you should use a calculator to double-check your math, you should use your logic to double-check your calculator. Ask yourself, does this answer make sense? For instance, should this be a negative number or a positive number?

**9. Don’t Panic**

Worst-case scenario, you forget your calculator or the battery dies mid-test. Don’t panic. You really should be able to do any math on the exam by hand within the time frame of the exam. Calm your nerves and pay extra attention to time management. You can still earn a solid score on the exam and if all else fails, you can retake it. So, don’t stress. Just do your best.

**Conclusion**

Calculators are definitely nifty tools to have on test day, but they are not the key to conquering the SAT. Preparation, confidence, and time management are what will make the difference between a low score and a high score. Learn how to prepare for the SAT to give you the best chance at success.

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