Fret not! You can use a calculator during the CMA exam!
But there are some rules and restrictions regarding which types of calculators you are allowed to bring. Let’s take a look at them now so you can be prepared with the right calculator when exam day comes around.
According to IMA’s CMA Handbook, calculators for use during the exam must:
- be small-battery or solar-powered electronic calculators
- be restricted to a maximum of six functions: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, square root, and percentage are allowed.
- not be programmable
- not use any type of tape
Candidates may use the following calculators:
- Texas Instruments BA II Plus
- HP 12c
- HP 12c Platinum
- Hewlett-Packard 10BII
But which calculator should you choose? Here are some pros and cons for each model to help you decide:
Texas Instruments BA II Plus
- $26 on Amazon
- Very straightforward and user friendly
- Many statistical features
- Might take more keystrokes to complete the same tasks as HP models
- Less sensitive keyboard
- Fewer keystrokes to accomplish tasks
- Sturdy keyboard
- Older models
- More expensive
- Not as user friendly as the Texas Instruments BA II Plus calculator
As long as you keep these rules in mind when selecting a calculator to practice with and use during the exam, you’ll be alright.
Oh! And make sure that your calculator has fresh batteries on exam day! A dead calculator is definitely not what you need in the middle of your test.