Guidance for Clearing Memory of Graphing Calculators

Note: This document is available for download as a PDF file here.


The purpose of this document is to provide additional guidance on clearing the memory of graphing calculators for PARCC assessments.


In accordance with PARCC’s Calculator Policy, Test Administrators must confirm that memory on all calculators has been cleared by resetting the calculator to its default settings before and after each testing session. Additional steps may be needed to completely clear the memory for graphing calculators. Failure to completely clear all memory, stored programs and formulas, RAM, archives, and non-factory-installed apps of calculators is a violation of PARCC’s Calculator Policy as well as PARCC security policies and may result in score invalidation.

To clear the memory of TI-84 graphing calculators (or similar models), students and/or Test Administrators should complete the following steps:

Select the following:

  • 2nd
  • +(Mem)
  • 7: Reset
  • Scroll right twice to “ALL”
  • 1: All Memory
  • 2: Reset

The screen should say “Resetting All.” When completed, the screen will say “Mem Cleared.”

There may be other steps for completely clearing the memory for non-TI graphing calculators. Test Administrators are expected to check that other brand calculators are cleared for RAM, programs, formulas, archives, and non-factory-installed apps.

Additional Information

Refer to the complete PARCC Calculator Policy (including FAQs), or Sections 3.9 and 3.10 of the PARCC Test Coordinator Manual.

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