ACCUPLACER Calculator

Use of Handheld Calculators on Online Tests

Examples of the three types of pop-up calculators available.

Calculators are not to be used by students taking the online ACCUPLACER tests. Some, but not all, of the math questions contain pop-up calculators for students to use to aid in solving the problem asked. If a question is configured to allow for the use of a calculator, the calculator icon will appear in the top right corner of the screen. When the icon is clicked, either one of two things will happen:

  1. If the question is configured for only the Basic calculator (4-function), the calculator will pop up on the screen. The calculator can be moved around, and clicking the “X” in the top right corner will make it disappear. (See image above, right.)

  2. If the question is configured for multiple calculators, clicking on the icon will provide the student with a drop-down menu of multiple calculators that could include two or three of the following:

    Basic Calculator = 4-function; Square Root Calculator = 4-function with square root button; Graphing Calculator = TI-84 graphing calculator. 

When one of the calculators on the list is chosen, the selected calculator will pop up on the screen. It can be moved around, and clicking the “X” in the top right corner will make it disappear. For these questions, multiple calculators can be used to aid in solving a question, but only one calculator can be shown on screen at a time.

For all test questions, the availability of a calculator is intended to support the integrity of the construct being measured. If a calculator could be a useful tool in a student’s solution strategy, but does not give away a correct answer, it is provided.

It is strongly recommended that the pop-up calculator be activated in test settings and that students not be allowed to use a handheld calculator when taking an online next-generation ACCUPLACER test.