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TI-Nspire™ graphing calculator is the must have back-to-school tool for college entrance exams and other critical tests

Aug 20, 2009

DALLAS, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Even though the 2009-2010 school year is barely off the ground, teens need to start thinking now about how to succeed on those ever-important math exams. Students are finding that the TI-Nspire graphing calculator is one tool that helps them make it.

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Teens who are preparing to take college entrance exams should know that some graphing calculators, such as the TI-Nspire graphing calculator, are permitted on the SAT*, and the ACT exams. The TI-Nspire graphing calculator also is allowed on AP* and IB® math tests as well as many statewide math exams.

The College Board™ calculator policy recommends graphing calculators for the SAT math exam and states that students should bring calculators with which they are familiar to exams.** ACT and IB policies also allow approved graphing calculators on exams.

Strong test scores can improve students' chances of getting into college and are tied to many scholarships - a key factor in today's economy when finances can become daunting, even prohibitive.

"Competitive and financial pressures can prevent teens from doing their best on exams," said Dr. Ruth Peters, adolescent psychologist and parenting contributor to NBC's Today show. "Tools like the TI-Nspire graphing calculator and adequate study time can make a difference in easing anxiety and increasing teens' confidence."

Dr. Peters' Tips for Test Preparation

  • Know before you go. Not all calculators are allowed on exams, like those with QWERTY keyboards or on laptops. Become familiar with calculator policies at www.CollegeBoard.com and www.actstudent.org.
  • Prepare early. Free practice questions from reputable sources like The Princeton Review are downloadable onto TI-Nspire graphing calculators.
  • Don't cram. Psychological studies find that working a little each day over time leads to significantly higher test scores.
  • Sleep well and eat up. Studies show that students perform better in school if they start the day with a balanced breakfast and have enough rest.

Math Educator's Advice

"Using graphing calculators in class and home helps students learn concepts better and prepare for college entrance exams," said 35-year teaching veteran Tom Reardon. "The difference of a couple of points could be several thousand dollars in scholarships. That the College Board allows graphing calculators gives students an advantage."

About Texas Instruments Education Technology

Education Technology, a business of Texas Instruments, provides a wide range of advanced tools connecting the classroom experience with real-world applications, helping students and teachers to explore math and science interactively. TI's products and services are tested vigorously against recognized third-party research, which shows that the use of graphing calculators helps improve the mathematical skills of students and their attitudes toward mathematics. For more information, visit www.education.ti.com.

* SAT & AP are registered trademarks of the College Entrance Examination Board, which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse this product. ACT is a registered trademark of ACT, Inc., which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse this product. International Baccalaureate is a registered trademark the International Baccalaureate Organization. Policies subject to change. Visit www.collegeboard.com for more information.

** CollegeBoard Calculator Policy. Link: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/testday/calc.html

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