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Calculator Use

Graphing, scientific and four-function calculators are permitted or are provided for some Praxis® tests. Unless it is specifically stated that a calculator is permitted for a particular test, calculators may not be used.

Test takers are not permitted to share calculators.

Tests That Do Not Permit Use of a Calculator

In general, unless it is specifically stated that a particular type of calculator is permitted or required for a particular test, calculators may not be used on any Praxis test.

Tests That Permit the Use of a Calculator

You may use a four-function or scientific calculator for the Middle School: Content Knowledge (5146) test, though you are not required to do so. You must bring your own calculator to the testing center. One is not provided at the testing center. A graphing calculator is not permitted for this test.

Types of Calculators That Are Not Permitted

The following are not permitted on Praxis tests:

  • Portable/handheld computers or laptops
  • Electronic writing pads
  • Models with pen-input/stylus/touch-screen capability
  • Calculators on any phones, watches or other electronic devices
  • Models with QWERTY or other alphabetic keypads as part of hardware or software
  • Models with printers
  • Models that make noise or "talk"
  • Models that require an electrical outlet
  • Models that can access the internet OR have wireless or Bluetooth® capability
  • Models that have a camera, scanning capability or digital audio/video player recording/player capability

In addition, the use of any hardware peripherals is not allowed.

Tests That Provide an On-screen Calculator

Test taker-supplied calculators are not permitted for Praxis tests that offer on-screen calculators.

On–Screen Scientific Calculator

The following Praxis tests provide an on-screen scientific calculator. The tests use the TI-30XS MultiView calculator. A tutorial is available so that you may practice using the on-screen calculator before your test day.

On–Screen Graphing Calculator

The following Praxis tests provide an on-screen graphing calculator. The tests use the TI-84 Plus CE calculator. A tutorial is available so that you may practice using the on-screen calculator before your test day.

On–Screen Four-function Calculator

The following Praxis tests provide an on-screen four-function calculator. See additional information to help familiarize yourself with the operation of the four-function calculator.

  • Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics test (5733)
  • Core Academic Skills for Educators: Combined (5752)
  • Elementary Education Assessment: Mathematics and Science (5008)
  • Elementary Education: Mathematics—CKT (7813)
  • Business Education: Content Knowledge (5101)
  • Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Core Assessment (5152)
  • Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Core Assessment: Mathematics and Science (5155)
  • Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: Mathematics (5158)
  • Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: Science (5159)