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 well in advance of your exam.
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.
The Approvable non-programmable calculator list lists calculator models that will be approved for use in University exams by the Student Centre.
If you are allowed to use a financial calculator during your exam, the Student Centre does not approve these calculators. You need to check the information on financial calculators to find out what models are allowed, and how you can get these approved.
If you use a programmable calculator in an exam where only non-programmable calculators are permitted, this will be considered academic misconduct.
If you’re using a non-programmable calculator in an exam, you’ll need to bring it to the Student Centre to be approved. Once it’s been checked we’ll attach a sticker to it to show that it’s been approved.
Only calculators on the approvable non-programmable calculator list can be approved by the Student Centre.
If you had your calculator approved before the end of Semester 1 2017, and the sticker is still intact, you can continue to use it without needing to get it approved again. This applies even if your calculator isn’t on the current list.
You can borrow an approved non-programmable calculator from the Students' Representative Council office, subject to availability.
If you are allowed a financial calculator during your exam, you need to have it approved by the Discipline of Finance. Financial calculators are not approved by the Student Centre.
Non-programmable financial calculators that can be approved are on the following list. This list is subject to change.
If you’re using a financial calculator in an exam, you need to get it checked and approved before your exam.
To get your calculator approved, you'll need to attend one of the following approval sessions:
10am-12pm, Friday 31 August, ABS Seminar Room 1100
10am-12pm, Monday 3 September, ABS Seminar Room 3080
4-6pm, Tuesday 4 September, ABS Lecture Theatre 1060
12-2pm, Thursday 6 September, ABS Lecture Theatre 2140
12-2pm, Monday 17 September, ABS Learning Studio 3300
If you've previously had your calculator approved and the sticker is still intact, you can continue to use it without needing to get it approved again.
If you have not been able to attend one of the sessions, after 20 September you can visit the Finance office 547 in the Codrington Building (H69), from 9am to 12pm or 1.30pm to 3pm, Monday to Friday.
Students from a non-English speaking background can apply for permission to use a standard linguistic dictionary in examinations. This is usually limited to students who did not sit the NSW Higher School Certificate (or equivalent) and had enrolled at the University as an international student.
You will need to bring your dictionary to the Student Centre to be approved for use before taking it into an examination. This will be done on the spot, but only during business hours Monday to Friday. Once checked and stamped, you can use it in examinations throughout your University enrolment.
Please note that the Student Centre can only approve a dictionary that is English to foreign language or vice versa (bilingual).
The Student Centre cannot approve:
Approved dictionaries are checked at random during examinations for unauthorised notes or materials that may constitute academic misconduct.