Is the CASIO FX-991EX Classwiz allowed in Maths GCSE?

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I'm doing AQA GCSE Maths and I double checking whether or not this calculator allowed. According to my maths teacher it is allowed as she emailed 'JCQ'. One person in my class has it and I was considering getting it. I was just wondering if anyone on here knew anything else or could confirm that it is allowed.
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And it's quite useful, I'd recommend it, it can do quadratic equations and work out equations.

Here's the calculator:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...KL5A1OLE&psc=1
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I'm doing AQA GCSE Maths and I double checking whether or not this calculator allowed. According to my maths teacher it is allowed as she emailed 'JCQ'. One person in my class has it and I was considering getting it. I was just wondering if anyone on here knew anything else or could confirm that it is allowed.
Thank you
And it's quite useful, I'd recommend it, it can do quadratic equations and work out equations.

Here's the calculator:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...KL5A1OLE&psc=1
https://www.jcq.org.uk/exams-office/...ions-2017-2018

when in pdf, 'ctrl + f' then search for 'calculator'.
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I’m not sure about that, some students in my year had the calculator during their GCSE’s last year and my maths teacher said they shouldn’t have had it since it kinda lets you ‘cheat’ for instance with solving simultaneous equations, however the calculator is ok for A levels, just ask around more in case.
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I have this calculator for a level.
the packet says yes to GCSE.

You cannot cheat with it. yes it solves quadratic equations but doesn't show you how. it's good to check your answers but if you relyed on it then you'd lose a lot of marks for method.
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I have this calculator for a level.
the packet says yes to GCSE.

You cannot cheat with it. yes it solves quadratic equations but doesn't show you how. it's good to check your answers but if you relyed on it then you'd lose a lot of marks for method.
Hello someone above linked a document from JCQ, 'instructions for conducting examinations' and in the document it says the calculator must not be able to do
'language translators;
symbolic algebra manipulation;
symbolic differentiation or integration;'
Do you know if the calculator does any of this?
(I don't think it does language translators obviously but included as I thought it may mean something different for maths)
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I can confirm that this calculator does not do any algebraic manipulation. it does do integration but only with bounds, so you can check your answer. it will not do the differentiation or integration for you
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I can confirm that this calculator does not do any algebraic manipulation. it does do integration but only with bounds, so you can check your answer. it will not do the differentiation or integration for you
Okay thank you very much.
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We believe it is NOT allowed at GCSE because it has the ability to solve Quadratic Equations implying it uses either a Formula or an Algorithm. JCQ clearly state this is not allowed. We are referring this back to JCQ.
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We believe it is NOT allowed at GCSE because it has the ability to solve Quadratic Equations implying it uses either a Formula or an Algorithm. JCQ clearly state this is not allowed. We are referring this back to JCQ.
Who are “we”? This calculator is allowed at GCSE so there’s no need to confirm it. It has no symbolic algebra functions - only numerical.
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We believe it is NOT allowed at GCSE because it has the ability to solve Quadratic Equations implying it uses either a Formula or an Algorithm. JCQ clearly state this is not allowed. We are referring this back to JCQ.
it may be able to solve them, but doesn't do the working out for You, so it just checks your answers
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it may be able to solve them, but doesn't do the working out for You, so it just checks your answers
Yes, I agree however . . .

I'm a teacher. We went to a training day run by AQA (on the new A Level). They clearly stated that the 991 was NOT to be used at GCSE.

Having a calculator that can check your answer is clearly a major advantage. We are going to try to get a written response from JCQ which I will post here.
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Yes, I agree however . . .

I'm a teacher. We went to a training day run by AQA (on the new A Level). They clearly stated that the 991 was NOT to be used at GCSE.

Having a calculator that can check your answer is clearly a major advantage. We are going to try to get a written response from JCQ which I will post here.
As a teacher, surely you’re aware that the fx991ES has been used by thousands of students at GCSE for the last 10 years, and this calculator has the ability to solve quadratics? Why is the EX different?
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I think it's a good idea to get "written approval" or otherwise. im doing a level maths and didn't have this calculator for GCSE. I contacted aqa regarding the a level and got a vague review. As a private candidate, I couldn't ask a teacher, so I contacted the maths tutor at the college I sit my exams and he said it was ok for a level.

if the calculator is not suitable for GCSE then the packaging needs revising.
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I think it's a good idea to get "written approval" or otherwise. im doing a level maths and didn't have this calculator for GCSE. I contacted aqa regarding the a level and got a vague review. As a private candidate, I couldn't ask a teacher, so I contacted the maths tutor at the college I sit my exams and he said it was ok for a level.

if the calculator is not suitable for GCSE then the packaging needs revising.
My colleague and I recall AQA saying that the packaging was wrong and would be revised. However, from Casio's point of view you can understand why they would want this calculator used at GCSE - it is a MUCH bigger market and they will sell more units at £20+ rather than £8. And as you'll know if you study Business, "Turnover is king".
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I'm doing AQA GCSE Maths and I double checking whether or not this calculator allowed. According to my maths teacher it is allowed as she emailed 'JCQ'. One person in my class has it and I was considering getting it. I was just wondering if anyone on here knew anything else or could confirm that it is allowed.
Thank you
And it's quite useful, I'd recommend it, it can do quadratic equations and work out equations.

Here's the calculator:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/...KL5A1OLE&psc=1
It is allowed but unless you're planning to go on to A level maths after your GCSE then you might as well buy the Casio fx 991 ES. It's a bit cheaper than the 991 EX and has all the features that you need.
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Yes, I agree however . . .

I'm a teacher. We went to a training day run by AQA (on the new A Level). They clearly stated that the 991 was NOT to be used at GCSE.

Having a calculator that can check your answer is clearly a major advantage. We are going to try to get a written response from JCQ which I will post here.
Not recommended? Or banned?

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Not recommended? Or banned?

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I wouldn't recommend it at GCSE because it costs more and has unnecessary functions compared to e.g. the fx991ES. Although it could be used by a student throughout GCSE/A Level as long as they don't break/lose it

It's not banned though. I think the poster may have misheard the advice from AQA.
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Not recommended? Or banned?

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The ES plus has been widely used in the schools where I work since it was first introduced. As already pointed out, it has equation solving capabilities. As it doesn't have the functionality that leads calculators to be prohibited in school exams, we have not sought any clarification from EDEXCEL or JCQ regarding the classwiz. While I wouldn't expect many of our students to spend the money required to buy one, we will certainly allow them to use it in GCSE exams if they do.
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I think the poster may have misheard the advice from AQA.
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we will certainly allow them to use it in GCSE exams if they do.
Yes that's my thinking too: not "recommended", but not banned :yy:
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This is always a bit of a mindfield as there is no list of which calculators are OK. The closest I can find is this post from the very helpful Graham Cumming, Maths specialist at Edexcel though it's not been updated for a couple of years. The link is via Edexcel GCSE but that's irrelevant . It stands for all JCQ supervised exams.

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en...ies&pageTypes=
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