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What kind of calculator can I bring?

  • Calculator Policy: With the introduction of palmtop computers and the increasing sophistication of scientific calculators, ASQ has become increasingly aware of the need to limit the types of calculators permitted for use during the examinations. Any silent, hand-held, battery-operated calculator WITHOUT an alphabetic keyboard will be permitted; however all programmable memory MUST be cleared before they enter the exam room. Calculators such as the Texas Instruments TI-83, TI-89 or similar are ABSOLUTELY NOT allowed because they contain alphabetic keyboards. The examination is written so that a simple calculator will be sufficient to perform all calculations. Examinees are allowed to have a backup calculator if necessary. See examples below of acceptable and unacceptable calculators.

Here are some examples of acceptable calculators.

Examples of unacceptable calculators:

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These calculators are unacceptable and absolutely NOT ALLOWED because they all contain an alphabetic keyboard.

  • No beepers, radios/CD players/iPods/MP3 players, or headphones, Kindles, Nooks, Smart Watches, etc. are allowed. If brought into exam room they MUST be turned off and stored away. NO CELL PHONES ARE ALLOWED IN THE EXAM ROOM.


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