Frequently Asked Questions
What is the calculator policy for ACT QualityCore?
Use of Calculators on the ACT QualityCore End-of-Course Assessment
Unless a calculator is provided by the school, each examinee is responsible for bringing his/her calculator to the test and making sure it works properly. Examinees may bring a backup calculator and extra batteries, but they may not have more than one calculator on the desk or in operation at a time.
Examinees are allowed, but not required, to use an approved calculator on the following End-of-Course Assessments:
- Algebra I
- Algebra II
Examinees may use any four-function, scientific, or graphing calculator unless it has features described in the Prohibited Calculators list. Models on the Calculators Permitted with Modification list may be used only if the room supervisor modifies them as indicated. A minimum of a scientific calculator is recommended, as examinees may not be able to solve some problems without one.
The following types of calculators are prohibited:
- Calculators with built-in or downloaded computer algebra system functionality—Prohibited calculators in this category include:
- 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 Prime, HP 48GII, and all model numbers that begin with HP 40G, HP 49G, or HP 50G
- Casio: Algebra fx 2.0, ClassPad 300, ClassPad 330, fx-CP400 (ClassPad 400), and all model numbers that begin with CFX-9970G
- 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)—Note: Letter keys not in QWERTY format are permitted.