A scientific calculator will be embedded in a sample of test forms. A calculator will be allowed only for students who have a calculatorembedded form. (Guidance on determining whether a student has a calculatorembedded form will be provided in manuals.)
Students who prefer to use a handheld calculator when taking the computerbased test may do so (only for students taking the Mathematics field test who have a calculatorembedded form), and schools should make handheld calculators available.
The Department recommends that students use a scientific calculator when using a handheld calculator so that it is equivalent to the one embedded online; however, at a minimum, a fivefunction calculator may be used instead if a handheld scientific calculator is not available.
As always, students using handheld calculators must have sole access to a calculator, and test administrators must ensure that students do not have access to calculator instructions or formula sheets that accompany calculators. In addition, the calculator must be one that cannot access the Internet.
Note that students with disabilities with the accommodation for a calculator will be able to use a calculator (computerembedded and/or handheld) if they were selected for a noncalculatorembedded form.
