Hey guys, I'm new so forgive me if I'm posting on the wrong part of forum.
I'm in Year 11 and I have a question to students who take Maths A-level and have taken it at GCSE also.
Did you use two separate calculators for GCSE and A-level? If not, what calculator can you use for both? In my school, there are separate calculators for GCSE and A-level.
I'm asking because I lost my GCSE calculator and I really don't want to pay for another overpriced one with a few months left, so it would be great if I could buy an A-level calculator now instead of buying a GCSE one, then buying an A-level one. The problem is, I don't know if A-level calculators are allowed into a GCSE exam.
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Maths Calculator for GCSE vs A-level watch
- Thread Starter
- 12-03-2016 11:39
- 12-03-2016 12:11
I do Maths and Further Maths.. I was kinda in the same position as you last year. I currently use the Casio FX991ES for both Maths and FM. It does exactly the same functions as the Casio 83GT (The GCSE one) but with more features like Matrices, solving differential equations...etc
I'd go with the FX991ES, costs a bit more but has more functions which could be useful for GCSE, as far as I know, It can be used for GCSE as well as AS and A2.
Some people use Graphic Calculators for AS but I never saw the need..
Hope that helps!
- Thread Starter
- 13-03-2016 19:14
Thanks for the help, but I've just read the equipment guide for the GCSE exams and it says that calculators must not offer symbolic algebra manipulation, differentiation or integration. Oh well, looks like I'll have to borrow one / buy a new one then sell it.
- 13-03-2016 19:35
The Casio ones they sell in like Tesco and stuff (the one that comes in blue and pink) is suitable for GCSE and A Level and I use the pink one and it's great much better off doing that than borrowing one from school, I know a boy who did his GCSE on a borrowed calculator then realising at the end he was in the wrong mode the whole time