## The Power of Desmos on the SAT

Historically, the College Board hasn’t always favored the use of calculators on the SAT. Even when graphic calculators were permitted, many questions demanded the kind of math conceptual understanding and problem solving skills that no Texas Instruments device, no matter how advanced, could provide. The last version of the SAT even had a full Math section where calculators were prohibited. But new tests reflect new philosophies, and the digital SAT appears to embrace what it once shunned. Not only are calculators permitted on every math question, but the exam also currently includes a fully-functional Desmos graphing calculator. This calculator, as of the time of this writing, is robust and effective. The design of SAT math questions seems to have changed as well. While previous iterations of the SAT appeared to be written to punish dependence on calculators, the digital test rewards it to a surprising degree. Some colleagues I respect…

## SAT Math and Calculators

If you take a look at the anatomy of the SAT, you’ll see that it has two math sections: one where you’re allowed to use a calculator, and one where you’re not. Lots of students wonder, “What’s the point? Why not let test-takers use a calculator the whole time, or else not allow them at all?” The answer is that the two sections test different–but equally important–sets of skills that will serve you well throughout your college and professional career. Students have heard all about why they should learn to do math without a calculator, but a lot of it boils down to, “You won’t always have a calculator in the real world!” Except it’s 2022, and we all carry whole computers in our pockets, so that doesn’t hold water anymore. Getting good at mental math is important for reasons that many teachers don’t really articulate: At its core, math…

## TI-Nspire Calculator Clinic for the SAT & ACT

While today’s graphic calculators are capable of astonishing operations, most test takers only use basic functions on test day. Learn how to unlock the awesome power of your TI-Nspire graphing calculator to solve SAT & ACT math problems quickly, easily, and accurately. In this special class, we will explain when and how to best use your calculator. We’ll also direct attendees to powerful programs that simplify some of the most complex calculations required on the tests. The fee for this one-hour online seminar is $30. Advance registration is required. Register through our Student Information Form and specify the TI-Nspire Calculator Clinic. We will reply to registrants by email with the invitation to this Zoom seminar. ABOUT YOUR TEACHER: Kaeti Stoss combines her interest in science with her passion for education. When not teaching students, she helps develop Chariot Learning’s research-based curriculum. Kaeti loves seeing the moment when…

## TI-83/84 Calculator Clinic for the SAT & ACT

While today’s graphic calculators are capable of astonishing operations, most test takers only use basic functions on test day. Learn how to unlock the awesome power of your TI-83 or 84 graphing calculator to solve SAT & ACT math problems quickly, easily, and accurately. In this special class, we will explain when and how to best use your calculator. We’ll also direct attendees to powerful programs that simplify some of the most complex calculations required on the tests. The fee for this one-hour online seminar is $30 . Advance registration is required. Register through our Student Information Form and specify the TI-83/84 Calculator Clinic. We will reply to registrants by email with the invitation to this Zoom seminar. ABOUT YOUR TEACHER: Kaeti Stoss combines her interest in science with her passion for education. When not teaching students, she helps develop Chariot Learning’s research-based curriculum. Kaeti loves seeing…

## Be Calculator Smart on Test Day

Your graphing calculators are powerful tools, but do you know how to use them effectively on the SAT and the ACT? This summer, I participated in a teacher training with Texas Instruments on the use of the TI-Nspire on the ACT. Most of my fellow participants were classroom teachers. Many of these teachers said that they personally do not teach their students the full use of their calculators, because the teachers want their students to master the math on their own. While this reasoning is understandable for classroom teachers, it can harm their students on the tests. Students need to know the most effective ways of using their calculator to get their best scores on the SAT Calculator Math and ACT Math sections. You can use these skills on the TI-Nspire to maximize your time. Something as simple as getting an answer in the right form for the test can…

## Calculator Clinic: Are You Ready for the SAT & ACT? (September 2020)

While today’s graphic calculators are capable of astonishing operations, most test takers only use basic functions on test day. Learn how to unlock the awesome power of your Texas Instruments TI-83, 84, or Nspire graphing calculator to solve SAT & ACT math problems quickly, easily, and accurately. In this special class, we will explain when and how to best use your calculator. We’ll also direct attendees to powerful programs that simplify some of the most complex calculations required on the tests. This online seminar is part of our August Seminar Series. The fee is $25 for this program or $99 for as many of the month’s seminars as you like. Advance registration is required. Register through our Student Information Form and specify the August Calculator Clinic. We will reply to registrants by email with the invitation to this Zoom seminar. ABOUT YOUR HOST: Kaeti Stoss combines her…