Exam Types & Permitted Calculators

Types of Examination Papers

Type A: A “closed book” examination. No aids are permitted other than the information printed on the examination paper.

Type B: A “closed book” examination. Special aids or data, as specified at the top of the examination paper, is provided by the examiner for distribution to the candidates by the Registrar of the Faculty.

Type C: A “closed book” examination. A student may take a single, double-sided aid sheet to a Type C exam. The aid sheet is for personal use only and must be printed using the Faculty’s template. Students may enter information on both sides of the aid sheet, without restriction. Such entries will be handwritten and not mechanically reproduced. Nothing may be fixed or appended to the sheet. The template may not be modified in any way and must be printed on 8.5″ x 11″ paper. Download: Examination Aid Sheet (PDF).

Type D: Candidates may bring to the examination and use such aids (in the form of printed or written material) as the examiner may specify. The nature of the permitted aids must be clearly specified at the top of the examination paper, and must be announced to the class by the examiner in advance of the examination.

Type X: An “open book” examination. The candidate may bring to the examination and use, any books, notes or other printed or written material, without restriction.

Types of Calculators

Permissible calculators must be non-printing, non-communicating, silent and self-powered. The type of calculator permitted will be one of the following, as specified by the professor at the commencement of the course and on the final examination paper.

Type 1: All programmable and non-programmable electronic calculators and pocket computers.

Type 2: All non-programmable electronic calculators.

Type 3: Calculators from a list of approved calculators as issued by the Faculty Registrar.*

Type 4: No electronic or mechanical computing devices are permitted.

*Calculator Type 3: Approved Calculators (other prefixes and suffixes are permitted). Examiners should note that if no restrictions are placed on the calculator type (i.e., definition (1)), many students will possess the capability to store a significant amount of text material (e.g., equations, definitions) in their calculators. Therefore, for some courses, a Type 1 calculator may only be compatible with an Type X examination.

For 100-level courses:

  • Casio FX-991 (EX recommended; any suffix is acceptable, including ES, PLUS, ES PLUSC, MS, MSPLUS2) 
  • Sharp EL-W516 (any suffix is acceptable, including TBSL, XG, XGB-SL)

For 200-, 300-, 400-, and 500-level courses:

  • All calculators approved for 100-level courses
  • Texas Instruments 30X IIS
  • Sharp EL-520X

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