What type of calculator should I have for my exam?

Most financial calculators are acceptable as long as the calculator is non-programmable and does not print. Popular brands that students bring to exams include Sharp, Texas Instruments (TI) and Hewlett Packard (HP) calculators. We recommend you use the following list as a guideline in selecting a calculator for CSI exams: Acceptable & Recommended Financial Calculators
  • Sharp EL-738F
  • HP 10bII, 12c, 12c Platinum
  • BA35, BAII PLUS, BA II PLUS PROFESSIONAL
Basic calculators are acceptable, however, not recommended because they do not have all financial functions. Here are examples of basic calculators:
  • TI-503SV, TI-1706SV, TI-1795SV
  • Sharp EL-240SB, EL-243SB, EL-2139HB, EL-376SB
  • Casio HS-4G, HS-8V
  • Casio SL-100L, SL-300SV, SL-450L
Examples of calculators not permitted at CSI exams (this list is not exhaustive):
  • HP9g, 17bII, 17BII+, 19b, 19bII 9g, 30b, 33s, 35s, 38g, 39gs, 40gs, 48gII, 50g
  • TI-73 Explorer, 83 Plus, 84 Plus, 89 Titanium, Voyage 200
  • Sharp EL-9900C, Casio FX9860GII, ClassPad330, FX-7400GPlus, FX-9750GII
  • Casio CFX98650GIIC, CLASSPad300ClassPad330, FX-7400GPlus, FX-9750GII
In general, any calculator with graphing capability (large screen) and/or a printer is not allowed at CSI exams. Note: If you are unsure whether or not your calculator is acceptable, we suggest that you also bring a basic calculator.
Posted: 23.Dec.2010 in: