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I used both the TI-36 and the Casio 115 .... the TI is more familiar to me, and used that for run of the mill calculations, the Casio is very powerful, and used that for a few more focused calcs.


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I like casioa and I have Free video learning for casio fx115es(+) if you want, email me



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Is it allowed to use the cover of the Casio fx 115 es plus which contains units conversion keys? Or do we have to use the calc. with no cover during the exam?


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I used a TI-30XA for the exam in October 2013 (Pittsburgh area). No one asked me to discard the cover, which also contained the manufacturer's standard "cheat sheet" for functions. My advise is to learn all the functions you can and commit them to memory. Don't relay on the cheat sheet. I found that for the statistics and probability questions, the cheat sheet wouldn't have helped anyway- you either knew how to use that funciton on your calculator or you didn't.


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going CBT format I am shocked they are letting people bring in their own calc now. Why not just use one on the computer since the ref manual is now in the computer as well.


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Why not just use one on the computer since the ref manual is now in the computer as well.

:blink: I assume you are talking about the Windows calculator? Have you used that one much at all? It is severely limited IMO. Try doing matrix multiplication or hyperbolics on the Win calculator. LOL

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Why not just use one on the computer since the ref manual is now in the computer as well.

:blink: I assume you are talking about the Windows calculator? Have you used that one much at all? It is severely limited IMO. Try doing matrix multiplication or hyperbolics on the Win calculator. LOL

i was being sarcastic...but it doesn't have to be a windows calc. Just a calculator program so everyone is using the same thing and one less thing for the testing center to mess up.

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Why not just use one on the computer since the ref manual is now in the computer as well.

:blink: I assume you are talking about the Windows calculator? Have you used that one much at all? It is severely limited IMO. Try doing matrix multiplication or hyperbolics on the Win calculator. LOL

i was being sarcastic...but it doesn't have to be a windows calc. Just a calculator program so everyone is using the same thing and one less thing for the testing center to mess up.

looks like they are. ncees youtube site - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEAMgsD8xEo

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Why not just use one on the computer since the ref manual is now in the computer as well.

:blink: I assume you are talking about the Windows calculator? Have you used that one much at all? It is severely limited IMO. Try doing matrix multiplication or hyperbolics on the Win calculator. LOL

i was being sarcastic...but it doesn't have to be a windows calc. Just a calculator program so everyone is using the same thing and one less thing for the testing center to mess up.

looks like they are. ncees youtube site - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEAMgsD8xEo

That's AWESOME!!!

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Why not just use one on the computer since the ref manual is now in the computer as well.

:blink: I assume you are talking about the Windows calculator? Have you used that one much at all? It is severely limited IMO. Try doing matrix multiplication or hyperbolics on the Win calculator. LOL

i was being sarcastic...but it doesn't have to be a windows calc. Just a calculator program so everyone is using the same thing and one less thing for the testing center to mess up.

looks like they are. ncees youtube site - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEAMgsD8xEo

That's AWESOME!!!

The way I read their new rules, you can still bring your own calculator as long as it's on the approved list. But if yours craps out or if you brought one not on the approved list, you've got a fall back.

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^that seriously is a cool simulator of the TI30xs. If I had to take it again...thank heavens I am down with all this nonsense...I'd probably start out being stubborn and use my own, but by the end of the test I bet I woulkd have been using the one on the computer ...

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To answer your question for the CBT, I wasn't allowed to bring the cover of my calculator into the exam room. I had to store it in my locker.




My two cents:


If you're taking the EE exam, go with the Casio FX-115ES Plus


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Why not just use one on the computer since the ref manual is now in the computer as well.

:blink: I assume you are talking about the Windows calculator? Have you used that one much at all? It is severely limited IMO. Try doing matrix multiplication or hyperbolics on the Win calculator. LOL

i was being sarcastic...but it doesn't have to be a windows calc. Just a calculator program so everyone is using the same thing and one less thing for the testing center to mess up.

looks like they are. ncees youtube site - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEAMgsD8xEo

That's AWESOME!!!

The way I read their new rules, you can still bring your own calculator as long as it's on the approved list. But if yours craps out or if you brought one not on the approved list, you've got a fall back.

I can't watch at work because of youtube being blocked, but is the program downloadable so that people can practice the exam in that sort of situation? In my mind that would just be another variable to mess with my head...

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^ watch on your phone?

think about who you just responded to with that question...

which I did not get a new one because Verizon sucks

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^ watch on your phone?

think about who you just responded to with that question...

which I did not get a new one because Verizon sucks

Well see I didn't know that you didn't move forward on that. :P

And why do they suck?

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^ watch on your phone?

think about who you just responded to with that question...

which I did not get a new one because Verizon sucks

Well see I didn't know that you didn't move forward on that. :P

And why do they suck?

they didn't have any... I wasn't going to order something I couldn't see if it fit into my hand... radio shack didn't have any either.

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Well that isn't Verizon's fault. That's the vendor for not maintaining stock levels. ;)


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Well that isn't Verizon's fault. That's the vendor for not maintaining stock levels. ;)

It was a Verizon store...

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I used the TI-36X pro because I was used to using TI-89 in college. The TI-36X can solve systems of equations, definite integrals, derivatives, has an equation solver, can do any operation with matrices (addition, multiplication, transpose, determinant, inverse, etc), and numerous other features. It was a huge help on the exam, and help me save time and stupid mistakes.


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Check out this calculator tutorial for the TI-36X Pro on how to use the equation solver functionality to avoid using the quadratic formula on a mathematics problem involving the distance formula: Youtube Link Click Here



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