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Approved calculators

Approved Scientific Calculators for the 2014 Higher School Certificate Examinations

Updated March 2014

The scientific calculators listed below are approved for use in the 2014 Higher School Certificate examinations. The examinations in which scientific calculators are permitted are listed in the equipment checklist. Please click here for Equipment Checklist for Higher School Certificate Examinations.

Please note that this list of approved calculators ALSO applies to the Mathematics General 2 HSC Examination from 2014. Further information is available in the FAQs for the Mathematics General syllabus.

ABACUS SX-II MATRIX a
CANON F717SGA
CANON F720
CANON F720i
CASIO fx-82AU
CASIO fx-82AU PLUS
CASIO fx-82AU PLUS II
CASIO fx-82MS
CASIO fx-82TL
CASIO fx-83WA
CASIO fx-85MS
CASIO fx-100AU
CASIO fx-100AU PLUS
CASIO fx-100S
CASIO fx-300MS
CASIO fx-350MS
CASIO fx-911Z
HEWL-PACK HP8S
HEWL-PACK HP10S
HEWL-PACK HP10S+
INSYSTEM IN-82SC
JASTEK JasCS1
OFFICE ONE 3000
RSB FB 350MS
SCHOLAR DS-82MS
SCHOLAR KD-350MS
SCHOLAR D1-5
SHARP EL-509V
SHARP EL-509WM
SHARP EL-520WG
SHARP EL-W531HA
SHARP EL-531VH
SHARP EL-531WH
SHARP EL-531XH
SHARP EL-W532XH

Instruction booklets or cards (eg reference cards) on the operation of calculators are NOT permitted in the examination room. Candidates are expected to familiarise themselves with the calculator’s operation beforehand.

Calculators must have been switched off for entry into the examination room.

Features of approved calculators and features that are not permitted

Features of approved calculators

In addition to the features of a basic (four operation) calculator, a scientific calculator typically includes the following:

  • fraction keys (for fraction arithmetic)
  • a percentage key
  • a π key
  • memory access keys
  • an EXP key and a sign change (+/-) key
  • square (x²) and square root (√) keys
  • logarithm and exponential keys (base 10 and base e)
  • a power key (ax, xy or similar)
  • trigonometrical function keys with an INVERSE key for the inverse functions
  • a capacity to work in both degree and radian mode
  • a reciprocal key (1/x)
  • permutation and/or combination keys ( nPr , nCr )
  • cube and/or cube root keys
  • parentheses keys
  • statistical operations such as mean and standard deviation
  • metric or currency conversion

Features that are NOT permitted include:

  • programmable (any calculator that can have a sequence of operations stored and then executed automatically is considered programmable and hence not allowed)
  • capable of storing alphanumeric data input by a user (this does not exclude calculators with memories that are used to store intermediate numerical results obtained during calculations and required later)
  • capable of storing, manipulating or graphing functions entered in symbolic form (this includes calculators with a graphic display capacity)
  • capable of performing ‘hard-wired’ numerical routines for operations such as differentiation and definite integration, and the solution of equations
  • capable of performing ‘hard-wired’ symbolic manipulations such as addition of algebraic expressions, binomial expansion and symbolic differentiation.
  • ‘soft’ or hard–wired QWERTY keyboards
  • capable of expressing surds in their simplest form
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