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Calculators and dictionaries

COVID-19 update: calculator approval temporarily unavailable

As the Student Centre is closed for in-person enquiries, we are unable to approve calculators at this time. We’re looking at how we can still offer this service to students and will update this page as soon as we have more information on how this will work.

If you are allowed to bring a dictionary or calculator to your exam this will be outlined on your exam timetable. You will need to get these approved at the Student Centre or Student Central (Cumberland) well in advance of your exam. Once it's been approved, we'll attach an approval sticker.

Due to the Student Centre being closed for in-person enquiries we are unable to authorise documents at this time. We are reviewing this process and will update this page once we have a way to continue with this process.

Only calculators on this list will be approved for use in University of Sydney examinations by the Student Centre. This list is subject to change. 

Abacus

  • SX-II MATRIX a
  • SX-II MATRIX n

Canon

  • F717SGA

Casio

  • fx-82AU
  • fx-82AU PLUS
  • fx-82AU PLUS II
  • fx-85MS
  • fx-100AU
  • fx-100AU PLUS
  • fx-350MS

Hewlett Packard

  • HP10S
  • HP10S+
  • HP300S+

Jastek

  • JasCS1
  • JasCS EVO
  • JasCS2 EVO

Rsb

  • FB 350MS

SciPlus

  • SciPlus-2200
  • SciPlus-2300

Sharp

  • EL-531TH
  • EL-531VH
  • EL-531WH
  • EL-531X
  • EL-531XH
  • EL-W531HA
  • EL-W532TH
  • EL-W532XH

Financial calculators

If you’re using a financial calculator in an exam, you need to get it checked and approved before your exam. You can visit the Finance office 547 in the Codrington Building (H69) between the following times to have your calculator approved:

  • Mondays between 9-11.30am and 1.30-4pm
  • Wednesdays between 9-11.30am and 1.30-4pm

If your calculator has previously been approved and the sticker is still intact you can continue to use it in exams.

Only non-programmable, financial calculators that are on the following list can be approved. This list is subject to change.

  • Casio fx-50FH
  • Casio fx-82CN X
  • Casio fx-95CN X
  • Casio fc-100V
  • Casio fx-100MS
  • Casio fx-115ES PLUS
  • Casio fx-115MS
  • Casio fc-200V
  • Casio fx-220 PLUS
  • Casio fx-500ES
  • Casio fx-570ES
  • Casio fx-570ES PLUS
  • Casio fx-570MS
  • Casio fx-570SPX
  • Casio fx-991CN X
  • Casio fx-991ES PLUS
  • Casio fx-991MS
  • Casio fx 3650P
  • Deli DL-1710 
  • HP 10bII+
  • HP 10S+
  • HP 12c Platinum
  • HP 300S+
  • InSystem IN-F16 
  • Sharp EL-531X or XG or XH
  • Sharp EL-533X 
  • Sharp EL-738F / Sharp EL-738FB
  • Sharp EL-W531S
  • Texas Instruments BA II Plus
  • Texas Instruments TI-30XB
  • Texas Instruments TI-30XS

Linguistic dictionaries

Students from a non-English speaking background can apply for permission to use a standard linguistic dictionary in examinations. You will need to visit the Student Centre to have your linguistic dictionary approved. Once checked and stamped, you can use it in exams throughout your University enrolment. The Student Centre can only approve a dictionary that is English to foreign language or vice versa (bilingual).

The Student Centre cannot approve:

  • dictionaries that contain images of any kind. This includes dictionaries that have had pages with images torn out.
  • electronic dictionaries
  • dictionaries containing notes
  • standard English-to-English dictionaries
  • textbook-style dictionaries, such as an accounting dictionary
  • textbooks of any kind.

Student Centre

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As a precaution, we’re currently closed for in-person enquiries.

Read our latest COVID‑19 advice

Phone

1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864)
or +61 2 8627 1444

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Last updated: 01 April 2020

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