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 following tests though you are not required to do so. Graphing calculators are not permitted for these tests.

  • Business Education (5101)
  • Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (5014) — to be discontinued on September 1, 2016
  • Fundamental Subjects: Content Knowledge (5511)
  • Middle School: Content Knowledge (5146)
  • 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)

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

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
  • 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

Effective September 1, 2016, test taker-supplied calculators are not permitted for tests that offer on-screen calculators.

Scientific Calculator

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

  • Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (5018)
  • Elementary Education: Mathematics Subtest (5003)
  • Elementary Education: Science Subtest (5005)

You may bring your own scientific calculator until September 1, 2016.

Graphing Calculator

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

  • Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161)
  • Middle School Mathematics (5169)

You may bring your own graphing calculator until September 1, 2016.

Four-function Calculator

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

  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics test (5732)
  • Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Combined (5751)

You may bring your own four-function calculator until September 1, 2016.

Four-function Calculator for Mathematics and Science CKT Subests (7803, 7804, 7903, 7904)

The following tests provide an on-screen four-function calculator for Content Knowledge for Teaching Tests only. See additional information to help familiarize yourself with the operation of the Praxis CKT four-function calculator.

  • Praxis Elementary Education: Mathematics—CKT (7803)
  • Praxis Elementary Education: Science (7804)
  • Praxis Elementary Education: Mathematics—Applied CKT (7903)
  • Praxis Elementary Education: Science (7904)
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