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Calculators and dictionaries

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.

Approved calculators

Your unit of study coordinator decides what calculator, if any, is allowed in your exam. This will be outlined on your personal exam timetable.

There are three types of calculators. 

  • Programmable - no approval sticker required.
  • Non-programmable - approval sticker required.
  • Financial - need to be approved by the Discipline of Finance before your exam.

Non-programmable calculators

Only calculators on the below Approvable non-programmable calculator list can be approved for use by the Student Centre. This list is updated by the NSW Board of Studies to be in line with the Assessment Procedures 2011.

If you have previously had your calculator approved and the sticker is still intact, you can continue to use it even if it isn't on the current list.

You can borrow an approved non-programmable calculator from the Students' Representative Council office, subject to availability.

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. 




  • F717SGA
  • F720
  • F720i


  • fx-82AU
  • fx-82AU PLUS
  • fx-82AU PLUS II
  • fx-82MS
  • fx-82TL
  • fx-83WA
  • fx-85MS
  • fx-100AU
  • fx-100AU PLUS
  • fx-100S
  • fx-300MS
  • fx-350MS
  • fx-911Z

Dick Smith

  • V7184

Hewlett Packard

  • HP8S
  • HP10S
  • HP10S+


  • IN-82SC


  • JasCS1
  • JasCS EVO

Office One

  • 3000


  • FB 350MS


  • DS-82MS
  • KD-350MS
  • D1-5
  • SC-150MX
  • SC-250MX


  • EL-509V
  • EL-509WM
  • EL-520WG
  • EL-W531HA
  • EL-531VH
  • EL-531WH
  • EL-531X
  • EL-W532THBW
  • EL-531XH
  • 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

  • Level 3, Jane Foss Russell Building, Darlington Campus

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Opening hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Extended in-person opening hours first two weeks of semester and during exams.

Last updated: 04 September 2019

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