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

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    (Original post by Compost)
    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=
    I wish JCQ produced a list of widely used calculators that were allowed e.g. the popular Casio calculators. There would still be questions about the less popular calculators but it would get rid of most of the confusion that students/teachers/parents have.
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    regarding price...
    I got mine from Tesco during a sale for £12.50 which I thought was reasonable for a replacement for my Casio fx-83GT. But I am going onto degree level maths.
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    (Original post by Notnek)
    I wish JCQ produced a list of widely used calculators that were allowed e.g. the popular Casio calculators. There would still be questions about the less popular calculators but it would get rid of most of the confusion that students/teachers/parents have.
    Agreed. JCQ is an umbrella organisation with barely any staff of its own and relies on the different boards for almost all expertise but they could still get Graham (or similar) to do the list.
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    (Original post by RuthieG101)
    regarding price...
    I got mine from Tesco during a sale for £12.50 which I thought was reasonable for a replacement for my Casio fx-83GT. But I am going onto degree level maths.
    Depending on your university you may find it's not allowed for maths exams.

    eg. https://portal.uea.ac.uk/documents/6...e-cadbd2676a78
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    I'll be studying with the open university, so don't know the restrictions yet.
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    (Original post by RuthieG101)
    I'll be studying with the open university, so don't know the restrictions yet.
    2016 regs:
    http://www2.open.ac.uk/students/_dat...may-07june.pdf


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    1.4 Calculators

    The University has amended the regulations on the use of calculators in examinations.

    For most modules with an examination between 31 May and 7 June 2016, if the module permits you to use a calculator in the examination it must be one of the following 3 types, as specified in the rules for individual modules:

    1. X A non-scientific calculator i.e. with no functionality such as log, sin cos etc;
    2. Y A scientific calculator;
    3. Z A programmable calculator but without a set of dedicated alphabetic keys.



    A type X, Y or Z calculator must not:

    •  Be designed or adapted to offer any of the following facilities:

      o Algebraic manipulation;
      o Differentiation or integration;
      o Language translation;
      o Communication with other devices or the internet;
    •  Have retrievable information stored in it such as:

      o Databanks;
      o Dictionaries;
      o Mathematical formulas; o Text.

      For some modules with an examination between 31 May and 7 June 2016, if the module permits you to use a calculator in the examination it must be one of the following 3 types, as specified in the rules for individual modules:



    1. A Non-programmable e.g. basic scientific;
    2. B Programmable e.g. most graphics calculators, without a QWERTY alphabetic character set;
    3. C Programmable and capable of storing and retrieving text, e.g. with a QWERTY alphabetic

      character set.



    On some modules, if you are resitting or have postponed the examination you are also permitted to use a type A, B or C calculator.

    A type A, B or C calculator must not:
     Have a disk drive;
     Be capable of communicating remotely with other devices.

    In all cases, the calculator must be:

    •  A separate dedicated device (You will not be permitted to use the calculator feature of another device such as a mobile phone or a smart watch);
    •  Of a size suitable for use on a desk;
    •  Either battery or solar powered.
      You are responsible for ensuring before your examination that:



    16 Exam Arrangements 31 May – 7 June 2016 (Online Version)



    •  Your calculator complies with your module’s requirements;
    •  Your calculator is in working condition (if your calculator is powered by batteries you should

      consider bringing spare batteries as these will not be provided at the centre);
    •  You have the appropriate knowledge and skills to use the calculator during the examination.

      If you use a calculator in an examination, you must write the make and model number on the front page of your answer book. Operating instructions, apart from those printed on the calculator lid or hard case, are not permitted unless specified otherwise in the module rules.

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    Thanks for info, they look similar to a level regulations so I should be ok.
    from how I read it, the classwiz is ok and my graphics calculator too, but I'll double check once I get my paperwork (can't enrole till 21st march)
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    (Original post by Notnek)
    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?
    The AQA rep specifically said that the 991EX (Classwiz) was NOT to be used in GCSE exams due to it's functionality.

    This was a specific topic picked up on in an AQA seminar on the new A level. The 991 Classwiz was so new at the time that one participant had the imported version because when he bought it you could not buy it in Britain.

    AQA may be wrong. I don't know. However my colleague and I both heard the same thing.

    Our exams officer is at a meeting in the near future which includes the exam boards and JCQ and we will seek clarification. I suspect the 991EX is OK at GCSE (and almost a requirement at A Level) but I'd like to know for sure. And I'd like it in writing. Right now, we are not allowing them.

    As for the differences between the ES and EX . . . I cannot comment. I know the ES has been used in GCSE. There is a significant price difference but I'm not using either at present so I'm going on what was said at the seminar. If you can identify the key upgrades then please share.
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    (Original post by Notnek)
    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.
    Hi,

    As I've said, I don't own one of these but have a look at the 4th question on Amazon. Someone else heard the same thing as my colleague and I. The Amazon reply is not from either of us.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/CASIO-FX-99...82KK34JWFG10KJ
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    Imma just ask here.
    Is the Casio FX-550ES PLUS allowed for I/GCSE exams?
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    (Original post by Shardik)
    Hi,

    As I've said, I don't own one of these but have a look at the 4th question on Amazon. Someone else heard the same thing as my colleague and I. The Amazon reply is not from either of us.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/CASIO-FX-99...82KK34JWFG10KJ
    It's very strange that they should say this. The fx 991 ES also solves quadratic equations, cubic equations, linear simultaneous equations with two or three variables. As well as these functions in its equation solving mode it can also solve all sorts of other equations using the shift solve option.

    The only feature of the 991 EX, useful to GCSE students, not available on the 991 ES, is the inequality solver. Even then, this is only useful for checking answers.
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    (Original post by Shardik)
    Hi,

    As I've said, I don't own one of these but have a look at the 4th question on Amazon. Someone else heard the same thing as my colleague and I. The Amazon reply is not from either of us.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/CASIO-FX-99...82KK34JWFG10KJ
    It sounds like there's some misinformation being spread here. The product description of the calculator says

    "Recommended and approved for GCSE, AS & A level, Core Maths, National and Higher grades."

    and you have an exams officer in this thread who has said it is allowed.

    But most importantly, as has already been said there's no difference in the equation solving ability from the fx991ES to the EX. It still can only be used to check answers and can't do symbolic algebra so there's no reason why it wouldn't be allowed.

    If you manage to get something in writing, it would be great if you could post it here so that students looking at this thread in the future will have official confirmation
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    Okay I’m a little confused, some people say that it is allowed whilst others are saying it’s not. I’ll look at all these posts properly again to see.
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    (Original post by peeked)
    Okay I’m a little confused, some people say that it is allowed whilst others are saying it’s not. I’ll look at all these posts properly again to see.
    Compost and gdunne42 are exam officers. They say it's fine.

    So it's fine.

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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Compost and gdunne42 are exam officers. They say it's fine.

    So it's fine.

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    Okay thank you very much.
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    It's allowed at GCSE, but I don't recommend it unless you're planning to take maths at A-level too because it's pricey. I think the fx83gt (which I nicked off my brother, but I do seem to remember it as being cheap) is good enough for GCSE. But buy it if you're taking maths for A-level because the fx991EX is required for A-level anyway.
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    https://thecalculatorguide.com/is-th...owed-in-exams/

    here is a relevant video :beard:
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    (Original post by orderofthelotus)
    It's allowed at GCSE, but I don't recommend it unless you're planning to take maths at A-level too because it's pricey. I think the fx83gt (which I nicked off my brother, but I do seem to remember it as being cheap) is good enough for GCSE. But buy it if you're taking maths for A-level because the fx991EX is required for A-level anyway.
    I am taking A-level maths, so I guess it’s not that bad of a buy as I’ll use it a lot.
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    (Original post by peeked)
    I am taking A-level maths, so I guess it’s not bad of a buy as I’ll use it a lot.
    Yep, you'll need it at A-level anyway.
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    the fx-83GT is good for a level too.
    I've just bought the classwiz to replace my fx-83GT after a few of the keys started to lose their markings, I'd had it since GCSE in 2014. im second year a level.
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