The 1998-99 calculator policies for College Board math/science tests that allow or require a calculator (PSAT/NMSQT, SAT I, SAT II Math Level IC & Level IIC, AP Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Chemistry, AP Physics) will not change--therefore the Casio CFX-9970, TI-73, and TI-89 will be permitted for use on those tests since graphing calculators without QWERTY (typewriter-like) keyboards are allowed.
Beginning in 2000, students will be EXPECTED to bring to the AP Calculus Exams a graphing calculator with the 4 required capabilities (graph a function within an arbitrary viewing window, find the zeros of a function, compute the derivative of a function numerically, compute definite integrals numerically) BUILT INTO the calculator. Any of the graphing calculators on the current approved list will be permitted for the exams. Calculators with the 4 capabilities built in include: CASIO 9700 series, 9750 series, 9800 series, 9850 series, 9950 series, and the 9970 series; TI-82, 83, 85, 86, and 89; HP 28 series, 38G, and 48 series; and Sharp 9200 series, 9300 series, and 9600 series. Over time, the gap between first-generation graphing calculators and newer models has widened significantly. The use of a graphing calculator with the 4 capabilities built in will narrow this gap. This expectation will help ensure that all students have sufficiently powerful technology for the AP Calculus Exams.
Craig L. Wright Assessment Division-Mathematics Educational Testing Service Princeton, NJ 08541 (609) 683-2642 firstname.lastname@example.org