Calculators in Exams

The faculty has a policy detailing which calculators may be used in an engineering unit final exam.

If you are permitted to use a specific calculator (usually a scientific calculator) in an engineering unit final exam, a link to the approved calculator list will be in the unit guide. A sticker system will be used to identify approved calculators. Only those calculators with a 'Faculty of Engineering' or 'Faculty of Science' sticker can be used in an engineering unit final exam.

In rare instances, you may be able to use any calculator in a unit final exam. If that is the case, the unit guide will indicate that: ‘Any make and model of calculator is permitted to be used in this exam’.

Approved calculators

The list of calculators are approved for use in engineering exam

How to obtain a sticker

On-campus students
You can present your calculator during semester at:

Clayton Engineering Faculty Office Ground floor, building 72
Gippsland School of Applied Science and Engineering Office 3W, room 209
Malaysia campus School of Engineering Office Room 5-4-03, Level 4, Building 5

Off-campus (distance education) students
Please scan your calculator (with the model and series clearly showing) and email it to The faculty will check the calculator, attach a sticker to the scan, rescan the page and email this back to you. You must bring this with you to the exam.

New model calculators not on approved list:
If you have a new model of calculator that is not recorded on the approved calculator list and is not programmable and does not contain text storage, symbolic equation, graphing or wireless capabilities you may consult your unit coordinator to have the calculator assessed for approval. You will need to take your calculator, together with a copy of the operation manual to your unit coordinator. The unit coordinator will check the functions of the calculator and the manual and advise the Manager, Academic and Student Services if the calculator should be included on the approved calculator list.