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Approved CIMA Exam Calculator (+ My Recommendation)

Are you wondering which CIMA exam calculator will be approved on your actual exam day? CIMA provides a list for easy reference:
The following scientific calculators are permitted:
  • Casio FX models, except graphing/graphic display models
  • Sharp EL models, except EL-9950 (a graphing model)
  • Approved scientific and financial models from Texas Instruments
  • Approved scientific and financial models from Hewlett Packard
The complete list of approved CIMA calculators is available online.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is there an approved CIMA exam calculator list?

The CIMA wants to make sure that the calculator you bring along is not programmable. In the past, there have been instances where candidates (in CIMA or other professional exams) used such calculators and gained an unfair advantage in the exam.

Even for the approved calculators, the exam administrator may reset them before the exam.

How happens if I forget to bring a calculator? Can I borrow one on site?

You can use the computer-based calculator on the screen. While some Pearson VUE centers may have calculators available, they have no obligation to lend them to you, and the calculators there are very basic.

You can practice using the computer-based calculator by downloading the practice exam tutorial from the Pearson VUE site.

My CIMA Exam Calculator Recommendation

Among the CIMA-approved calculators, I recommend Texas Instrument – TI BA II Plus. This calculator is approved in different accounting and finance professional exams (including the CFA exam). It is also affordable and easy to use.

For Your Further Reading

About the Author Stephanie Ng

I am the author of How to Pass The CPA Exam (published by Wiley) and the publisher of this and several accounting professional exam prep sites.

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