# Calculator Use

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

Test takers are not permitted to share calculators.

## Graphing Calculator Policy

Test administration staff will clear the memory of all graphing calculators both before and after test administration.

We recommend that you:

- back-up any important information in your calculator's memory, including applications, before arriving to the test site.
- know how to clear the memory on the approved calculator that you plan to use during the test.

**Note:** Instructions on how to back-up and clear the memory of calculators can be found on various calculator websites.

## 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* tests.

## Tests That Permit the Use of a Calculator

You may use a four-function or scientific calculator for the following tests although you are not required to do so. Graphing calculators are not permitted for these tests.

- Business Education (0101 and 5101)
- Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (0014 and 5014)
- Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (5031)
- Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects: Mathematics Subtest (5033)
- Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects: Science Subtest (5035)
- Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (0511 and 5511)
- Middle School: Content Knowledge (0146 and 5146)
- Middle School: Multiple Subjects (5141)
- Middle School: Multiple Subjects: Mathematics Subtest (5143)
- Middle School: Multiple Subjects: Science Subtest (5145)
- 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)

You may use a four-function, scientific or graphing calculator for the following tests although you are not required to do so. A graphing calculator may provide an advantage over a scientific calculator on some questions.

- Mathematics: Pedagogy (0065)
- Middle School Mathematics (0069)

If you choose to use a calculator for these tests, you must bring your own with you to the testing center. Calculators are not provided at the test center.

## Tests That Require the Use of a Graphing Calculator

The tests listed below require the use of a graphing calculator:

- Mathematics: Content Knowledge (0061 and 5061)
- Mathematics: Proofs, Models and Problems, Part 1 (0063)

Test takers are expected to bring a graphing calculator with the following capabilities:

- Plot the graph of a function within an arbitrary viewing window
- Find the zeros of a function
- Compute the derivative of a function numerically
- Compute the value of a definite integral numerically

## Types of Calculators That Are Not Permitted

The following are not permitted:

- Portable/handheld computers or laptops
- Electronic writing pads
- Models with pen-input/stylus/touch-screen capability
- Pocket organizers, cell phones, BlackBerry devices, or personal digital assistants (PDAs)
- Models with QWERTY or typewriter 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

### Graphing Calculator

An on-screen graphing calculator is included as part of the testing software for the Praxis computer-delivered Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161) and Middle School Mathematics (5169) tests. A tutorial is available so that you may practice using the on-screen calculator prior to test day.

### Four-function Calculator

The Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics test (5732) has a four-function calculator built into the testing software. See additional information to help familiarize yourself with the operation of this calculator.