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### Course: Digital SAT Math > Unit 1

Lesson 2: Preparing for the SAT# Calculators on the SAT

A guide to calculator use on the digital SAT

When it comes to the Math section of the SAT, you'll probably want to use a calculator, whether it’s the graphing calculator built into the Bluebook testing application or your own. But, if you’re bringing your own, make sure you know which types of calculators are allowed. The College Board allows most four-function, scientific, and graphing calculators, but there are some exceptions, so be sure to check their website for the most up-to-date information and a complete list of accepted calculators.

### The built-in Desmos calculator

- If you’re taking the SAT digitally, you will have access to a graphing calculator built into the testing platform.
- The calculator on the test is identical to this version.
- Learn more about using a Desmos calculator here.

### SAT calculator rules

**Bring your own calculator.**You won’t be allowed to share with anyone.**Calculators are only allowed during the Math portion of the SAT.**Don’t get it out during the Reading and Writing portion!**Don’t use your calculator to share answers.**This one seems obvious, but*please*don’t use your calculator to share answers or remove questions from the room. Your scores will be canceled if you do.

### Some tips for using calculators on the SAT

**Once you know which calculator you plan to use, make sure you're familiar with it.**You don't want to waste time during the test trying to figure out how to use your calculator, so practice with it beforehand and get to know all the functions you might need.**Make sure you have fresh batteries in your calculator.**You won’t be allowed to charge it with a power cord.**Use your calculator strategically.**Just because you have a calculator doesn't mean you need to use it for every question. Sometimes it might be faster to do the math in your head or on paper. So think about the question and decide if using your calculator will actually save you time.

With these tips in mind, you'll be able to make the most of your calculator on the SAT!

## Want to join the conversation?

- Can I bring the apple pencil with an Ipad to do the test?(13 votes)
- In Prohibited Calculators it states:

'A second laptop, other computer or tablet, applications outside of Bluebook, mobile phones, smartwatches, or wearable technology', meaning you cannot use a apple pencil and ipad. The link to the page can be found on this page.(14 votes)

- can i write my calculations on a blank paper?(15 votes)
- Yes, you can and scratch paper is provided.(5 votes)

- Do they have lockers or place to put your belonging or you should not bring anything with you( what can i bring)(8 votes)
- I took my SAT in a classroom last year, and we were allowed to place our belongings under our desk or in the back of the room. I took a small bag with pencils, a calculator, snacks, and a water. :)(2 votes)

- what happens if you are not really smart and are taking the SAT?(2 votes)
- Study as much as you can, because otherwise, you're cooked.(13 votes)

- Is it okay to use casio fx-991ES PLUS calculator ?(6 votes)
- I couldn't find that on the list of allowed calculators but, here's the official list so you can look for yourself:

https://satsuite.collegeboard.org/digital/what-to-bring-do/calculator-policy(4 votes)

- Am I allowed to bring in my Digital sat approved calculator (Ti-84 Plus Ce) and also use the exams built in calculator?(4 votes)
- yup, you can!(3 votes)

- I need to bring my phone to contact my parents after the test. Where do I put it?(2 votes)
- Just hand over to the proctor. don't worry, he won't steal it :>(6 votes)

- what if I forgot to bring my calculator will they provide one ?(3 votes)
- There will be a built in Desmos calculator on the DSAT, but for the written SAT, they do provide one as far as what I know from the first time I took the SAT.(2 votes)

- will papers be given for rough works(3 votes)
- Scratch paper will be provided in the test center if you want it.(1 vote)

- what type of calculator are we allowed to bring?

I need a list(2 votes)- Hi Joshua!

I think most calculators are allowed on the DSAT. However, here's a list:

https://satsuite.collegeboard.org/digital/what-to-bring-do/calculator-policy

You can scroll down to where it says Accepted Calculators. As it says,**all**4-function and scientific calculators are allowed. Where it gets tricky, is the graphing calculators.

Does this help?(2 votes)