Use of calculators in examinations 2016 – version 1.0
Calculator List
This document should be read in conjunction with the calculator section of “The conduct of IB Diploma
Programme examinations” document and other information available on the Online Curriculum Centre. It
provides examples of calculators which are recommended for use in IB examinations and those which are
prohibited. This list will be updated as and when necessary. It should be noted that these are not definitive
lists and teachers should check other models against the information in “The conduct of IB Diploma
Programme examinations” document. Schools should also ensure that all calculators used in examinations
comply with the regulations.
Recommended calculators
The following models meet the minimum requirements for mathematics subjects and have updated and
time-saving functionalities not found on other models.
Texas Instruments
Hewlett Packard
Casio
TI 84 Plus – all models
TI 83 Plus
TI Nspire (non-CAS), with 84 faceplate
TI 83 Plus silver edition
TI Nspire (non-CAS) versions 1.3 or higher updated to the latest operating system
in “Press to Test” mode, with the correct features blocked (see list below)
TI Nspire CX (non-CAS) updated to the latest operating system in “Press to Test”
mode, with the correct features blocked (see list below)
HP Prime updated to the latest firmware in “Exam Mode”, with the correct
features blocked (see list below)
FX 9750G Plus or GII
FX 1.0 Plus
CFX 9850 Plus
Graph 35 Plus
CFX 9950 Plus
Graph 65 Plus
FX 9860G /FX 9860G SD /FX 9860G AU Graph 85 series
FX 9860GII / FX 9860GII SD / FX 9860G AU PLUS updated to the latest
operating system for IB examinations in “Examination Mode”**
Graph 75 / Graph 95 updated to the latest operating system for IB examinations
in “Examination Mode”**
CG series - FXCG10/20 updated to the latest operating system for IB
examinations in “Examination Mode”**
Prohibited calculators
The following models are not allowed in examinations under any circumstances.
Texas Instruments
Hewlett Packard
Casio
TI Voyage 200 (all versions)
TI 89 (all versions)
TI 92 (all versions)
TI Nspire CAS (all versions)
TI Nspire (non-CAS) version 1.1 or version 1.2 or any other version not updated
to the latest operating system
HP 38-95 (all versions)
Classpad 300
Graph 100
FX 2.0 (all versions)
FX 9970 (all versions)
FX 9860GII / FX 9860GII SD / FX 9860G AU PLUS not updated to the latest
operating system**
Graph 75 / Graph 95 not updated to the latest operating system**
CG series - FXCG10/20 not updated to the latest operating system**
** See “Necessary actions with recommended calculators” below for new requirements.
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Notes:
 Any devices with unrestricted/candidate accessible WiFi functionality are not permitted.
 Other calculators which have features that do not appear on any of the recommended models
are not allowed.
 Candidates may not use or store data/notes, programs or flash (ROM) applications (Apps) in
their calculators that may assist them in an examination by removing the need to recall facts or
formulae.
Extract from “The conduct of IB Diploma Programme examinations” document
Calculators of the types indicated as suitable are allowed only in the subjects listed in the table below.
Subjects
Calculators
Business
management
A four-function calculator, scientific calculator or GDC is required for all examinations.
Environmental
systems and
societies
Economics HL
Paper 3
While all questions requiring a calculator can be answered fully using a four function
(plus, minus, multiply, divide) calculator, graphic display calculators (GDCs) are
allowed during the examination. The graphing functions on these calculators may
assist students and it is therefore recommended that all students are familiar with
the use of GDCs.
Biology
Calculators are not allowed on paper 1.
Chemistry
Design
technology
Physics
Sports, exercise
and health
science
On paper 2 and paper 3, a calculator with the following minimum functionalities is
required (a GDC is recommended):
•
decimal logarithms
•
values of xy and x1/y
•
value of π (pi)
•
trigonometric functions
•
inverse trigonometric functions
•
natural logarithms
•
values of ex
•
scientific notation
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Subjects
Calculators
Mathematical
studies SL
A GDC with the following minimum functionalities is required on all papers:
Further
mathematics HL
•
draw graphs with any viewing window
•
solve equations numerically
•
find a numerical derivative at a point
•
find a numerical definite integral
•
financial package
•
add and multiply and find inverse matrices (further mathematics HL only)
•
find statistical values including:
- normal distribution
- binomial distribution
- Poisson distribution
- t-distribution
n
r
- binomial coefficient   , nPr
- 1 and 2 var stats
- chi squared values (including p values)
Examiners will set questions assuming that all candidates have a GDC with the
minimum functionalities listed here. Candidates using only four-function or scientific
calculators, or using a less able GDC, will be at a disadvantage.
Mathematics SL
Calculators are not allowed for paper 1.
Mathematics HL
A GDC with the following minimum functionalities is required on all other papers:
•
draw graphs with any viewing window
•
solve equations numerically
•
find a numerical derivative at a point
•
find a numerical definite integral
•
financial package
•
find statistical values including:
- normal distribution
- binomial distribution
- Poisson distribution
- t-distribution
n
r
- binomial coefficient   , nPr
- 1 and 2 var stats
- chi squared values (including p values)
Examiners will set questions assuming that all candidates have a GDC with the
minimum functionalities listed here. Candidates using only four-function or scientific
calculators, or using a less able GDC, will be at a disadvantage.
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Necessary actions with recommended calculators
TI Nspire / TI Nspire CX “Press to Test” configurations
Note: Candidates must upgrade their Nspire to the latest operating system to use the “Press to Test”
properly. Nspires which have not been updated and put into the correct “Press to Test” mode are not
allowed in the examinations. Nspires must be put into “Press to Test” mode immediately before the
examination. If done earlier, a candidate must not have access to the calculator between the time it is put
into “Press to Test” mode and the examination. Further details about “Press to Test” can be found on the
TI website. Older versions may need two upgrades to enable the correct “Press to Test” mode.
The following options in “Press to Test” mode must be ticked and therefore blocked.
 Limit geometry functions
 Disable function and conic grab and move, and disable change of equation form
 Disable vector functions, including eigenvectors and eigenvalues
 Disable “isPrime” function
 Disable differential equation functionality
 Disable 3D graphing
 Disable implicit graphing, conic templates, conic analysis, and geometric conics
The following options in “Press to Test” mode must be unticked and therefore allowed.
 Disable inequality graphing
 Limit trigonometric functions
 Disable logbx template and summation functions
 Disable Polynomial Root Finder and Simultaneous Equation Solver
The following screen shots show how to put the Nspire into the correct “Press to Test” mode.
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Note: When put in “Press to Test”, the angle setting can be set to “Degree” or “Radian” depending on
candidate preference.
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TI 83 / TI 84 recommended calculators
1. Reset all RAM memory.
2. Reset Archive Vars (if applicable).
3. Remove all Flash (ROM) applications (Apps) except those listed below, where applicable.
App Menu Name
Description
CBL/CBR
Connectivity/set-up of CBL™ data collection system
(Other connectivity Apps for USB-type probes are also acceptable and do not need to
be removed.)
Chinese
Chinese version of Catalog Help
CtlgHelp
Catalog Help provides easy access to calculator function information
Dansk
Danish language localizer—this App will translate all prompts, error messages and most
functions into Danish
Deutsch
Language localizer—this App will translate all prompts, error messages and most
functions into German
EasyData
Connectivity App for USB-type data collection probes
Español
Language localizer—this App will translate all prompts, error messages and most
functions into Spanish
Finance
Finance operations—part of the Operating System
Français
Language localizer—this App will translate all prompts, error messages and most
functions into French
Italiano
Language localizer—this App will translate all prompts, error messages and most
functions into Italian
Magyar
Language localizer—this App will translate all prompts, error messages and most
functions into Hungarian
Nederlan
Language localizer—this App will translate all prompts, error messages and most
functions into Dutch
Norsk
Language localizer—this App will translate all prompts, error messages and most
functions into Norwegian
Polski
Language localizer—this App will translate all prompts, error messages and most
functions into Polish
PolySmlt
Combination of two programs, one that finds polynomial roots and one that finds
solutions to systems of equations. This version is an older version than PolySmlt2.
PlySmlt2
Combination of two programs, one that finds polynomial roots and one that finds
solutions to systems of equations
Portug
Language localizer—this App will translate all prompts, error messages and most
functions into Portuguese
Suomi
Language localizer—this App will translate all prompts, error messages and most
functions into Finnish
Svenska
Language localizer—this App will translate all prompts, error messages and most
functions into Swedish
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HP Prime “Exam Mode” configurations
Note: Candidates must upgrade their Prime to the latest firmware to use the “Exam Mode” properly. Primes
which have not been updated and put into the correct “Exam Mode” are not allowed in the examinations.
Primes must be put into “Exam Mode” immediately before the examination. If done earlier, a candidate
must not have access to the calculator between the time it is put into “Exam Mode” and the examination.
Further details about “Exam Mode” can be found on the HP website.
The following options in “Exam Mode” mode must be ticked.
 Erase memory:
 Blink LED:
The following options in “Exam Mode” mode must be ticked and therefore blocked.
 PredX
 PredY
 Linear Solver
 Triangle Solver
 Linear Explorer
 Quadratic Explorer
 Trig Explorer
 Geometry
 Advanced Graphing
 User Apps
 Physics
 CAS
 Notes and Programs
 New Notes and Programs
 Vector
 CROSS
 DOT
The following screen shots show how to put the Prime into the correct “Exam Mode”.
Notes:
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
“Timeout” must be set for at least the duration of the examination.
When put in “Exam Mode”, the default angle setting can be set to “Degrees” or “Radians”
depending on candidate preference.
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Casio
FX 9860GII / FX 9860GII SD / FX 9860G AU PLUS / Graph 75 / Graph 95 / FX CG10 /
FX CG20 – Operating system download and “Examination Mode” instructions
Follow this link (http://edu.casio.com/ib/index.html) to the Casio website and follow the instructions to
install the required operating system for the IB examinations. This link is also to the user manual for the
“Examination Mode” functionality which must be engaged immediately before the examination and
continue for the duration of the examination.
Note that updating the operating system for the models named “USB POWER GRAPHIC/GRAPHIQUE
USB” is sufficient, there is no need to put these into examination mode. However, all memory must be
initialized/reset on these models.
All other recommended Casio calculators
Initialize/reset all memory.
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