1.6. Which Calculators Can We Use in U of A Math Classes or when taking the ALEKS PPL Assessment?
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Any nongraphing scientific calculator may be used for the ALEKS PPL test and most classes. Certain graphing calculators are also allowed for the PPL test (and highly recommended or required for some courses).
Calculators that perform symbolic manipulations (such as the TI89 or TI92 or TINspire CAS) cannot be used for the PPL or in courses at or below the Calc II level (Stats excluded). Below is a guide to which calculators are generally acceptable, and which ones are definitely not acceptable. Click here to skip down to the unaccepted models. It is always a good idea to also refer to your course syllabus and/or ask your instructor.
There are many different models of graphing calculators out there. If you do not see your model listed here and you are unsure if it is approved for use in a U of A Math course, please send a clear picture of the calculator to mathacademics@arizona.edu.
Acceptable Calculators:
TI36X Pro


TI83, TI83 Plus 

TI84 Plus, TI84 Plus Silver Edition, TI84 Plus C Silver Edition, TI84 Plus CE, TI84 Plus CE with Python 

TINspire CX and TINspire CX II
This is not to be confused with the TINspire CX CAS pictured below. CAS is not allowed. . The two calculators look identical except for the “CAS” printed in the upper right hand corner of the CAS version. 

TI85
These are getting hard to find, and harder to find someone who can help you with it.
TI81 and TI82 have more in common with the TI83 than with the TI85, but are probably just as hard to find. Both of these models are also acceptable. 

TI86
This model is more advanced than TI85, but TI86 has been discontinued. It is still an acceptable calculator to use, but again, familiarity with the model may be hard to find. 

Casio Graph 35+E, Calculatrice graphique Graph 35+E II Most instructors will be far more familiar with TI calculators than Casio calculators, so help with these calculators may be hard to find. However, they are still acceptable. 

Casio fx9750GII, fx9750GIII, fx9750G PLUS Most instructors will be far more familiar with TI calculators than Casio calculators, so help with these calculators may be hard to find. However, they are still acceptable. 

Casio fx9860GII Most instructors will be far more familiar with TI calculators than Casio calculators, so help with these calculators may be hard to find. However, they are still acceptable. 

Casio fx7400GII Most instructors will be far more familiar with TI calculators than Casio calculators, so help with these calculators may be hard to find. However, they are still acceptable. 

Casio PRIZM fxCG10, fxCG50 

CATIGA CS121, CS183, CS229  
HP 48 series Includes the following models: HP 48S, HP 48SX, HP 48G, HP 48GX, HP 48G+ 
Calculators that are NOT allowed in UA Math classes or while taking the UA ALEKS PPL test:

TINspire CX CAS Not allowed due to symbolic manipulation capabilities
(CAS = computer algebra system) 
TI89, TI89 Titanium Not allowed due to symbolic manipulation capabilities. 

TI92 Not allowed due to symbolic manipulation capabilities. 

Casio ClassPad II fxCP400 Not allowed due to symbolic manipulation capabilities. 

Casio ClassPad 330 PLUS Not allowed due to symbolic manipulation capabilities. 

Casio ALGEBRA FX 2.0 PLUS Not allowed due to symbolic manipulation capabilities. 

HP Prime Graphing Calculator Not allowed due to symbolic manipulation capabilities. 

HP 49/50 series Includes the following models: HP 49G, HP 49G+, HP 48II, HP 50G (Note the HP 48II is actually part of the 49 series, not 48 series) Not allowed due to symbolic manipulation capabilities. 