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Type of calculator used

As part of the 2007 mathematics assessment, eighth-grade students were asked about the type of calculator they used. The full text of the question and the corresponding percentage of students who responded within each category are shown below.

How often do you use these different types of calculators in your math class?

  Percentage of students
Type of calculator Never use Sometimes, but not often Usually use

Basic four-function (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)

25 37 38

Scientific (not graphing)

32 32 36


49 29 21

Check for Statistical Significance

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NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 2007 Mathematics Assessment.

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