Scientific calculators are an important tool in the teaching and learning
of Mathematics. All NSW Mathematics syllabuses require the use of a
scientific calculator and it is essential that students learn about the
functionality of their particular calculator. Students need to be able to
effectively use their calculator for internal and external assessment
tasks including NAPLAN and HSC examinations. Consequently, it is
compulsory for every student studying Mathematics to have their own
scientific calculator and to bring it to every Mathematics lesson and
A common scientific calculator is the Casio FX-82AU PLUS II. This
calculator is available from the school office for $18.50. The NSW
Education Standards Authority (NESA) produces a list of calculators that
are approved for use in HSC examinations. The list of current approved
calculators is available at http://educationstandards.nsw.edu.au/wps/portal/nesa/11-12/hsc/rules-and-processes/approved-calculators.
Calculator apps on mobile phones are not acceptable.
Provision of Calculators in Assessment Tasks
Students are required to provide their own calculator for all assessment
tasks, including class tests and examinations. Calculators will not be
lent to students who come to an assessment task without a suitable
If a student's calculator fails during a class test or examination, the
supervisor may be able to lend a calculator to the student for the
remainder of the class test or examination.