University Policy on the Use of Calculators in Examinations

Use of calculators in examinations

Unless the rubric of the examination paper strictly prohibits it, students may use a calculator in all University examinations.

The following rules are designed to regulate the type of calculator that may be used. These rules ensure that students do not bring into the examination room any device that would enable them to obtain an unfair advantage, such as a more advanced calculator with increased functionality, or that is capable of information/text storage and retrieval. The introduction of specific guidelines aim to provide clarity and reassurance to all students that they are bringing the correct calculator into an examination, ensure parity of treatment across the entire student body and provide a policy that is enforceable in practice by invigilators.

Keele University students are only permitted to use the following non-programmable calculators in examinations:

Aurora SC582 series

Casio FX-82 series

Casio FX-83 series

Casio FX-85 series

Casio FX-350 series

Sharp EL-509 series

Sharp EL-531 series

Texas Instruments TI30 series

Please note that students are not allowed to keep formulae stored within their calculators.

Invigilators may examine any device a student brings into the examination room. If the device does not comply with these rules, it will be confiscated and returned only at the end of the examination; no replacement will be provided. A form will be completed to record the incident.

The lending or sharing of calculators in an examination is not permitted, and spare calculators are not provided, so please ensure that your calculator is on the approved list before you sit your first examination.

If you have any concerns regarding whether your calculator is acceptable for use in University examinations then please bring the calculator to the Student Services Centre in the Tawney Building where staff will be pleased to check this and advise you accordingly.