Important rules for use in exams
Your exam timetable will specify if you need a UNSW-approved calculator.
Some exams such as fully online invigilated exams may require additional or different rules. Please consult your course outline for specific information about these.
The use of approved electronic calculators or hand-held computers may be permitted in exams when indicated on the exam timetable. They must be hand-held, internally powered and silent.
Note: Where an electronic calculator is required, students must use a UNSW-approved calculator with a tamper-proof 'UNSW Approved' label.
UNSW-approved calculators are listed by brand below.
Rules for use:
- Computers are distinguished from electronic calculators by the existence of a full alphabetic keyboard.
- Computers are not permitted in exams for which an electronic calculator has been specified.
- A personal digital assistant (PDA) is not permitted in exams for which an electronic calculator has been specified.
- When an electronic calculator is permitted in an exam, any programmable memory on it must be cleared prior to entering the exam room.
- When a hand-held computer is permitted in an exam, students may not take a laptop, notebook, iPad, tablet or similar computer into an exam room.
- Where a calculator is required for any UNSW administered exam, students must use their own calculator.
- UNSW does not provide replacement calculators where a student forgets to bring a calculator or where a student brings a non-approved calculator to an exam.
- Where an electronic calculator (an 'approved' calculator) is required for an exam, students must use a calculator that has a (tamper-proof) 'UNSW Approved' label. If your calculator does not have an approval label, it will be confiscated for the duration of the exam.
- Where a 'calculator: other' is required for an exam, the calculator does not require a (tamper-proof) 'UNSW Approved' label although an 'approved' calculator may be used.