Use of a Calculator

Use of a non-programmable calculator during a test or exam is allowed only on two occasions:

  • When the professor has approved the use of a calculator for the whole class, or
  • When your SAS Advisor has approved a calculator as a disability-related accommodation and you also have permission from your professor.

When the whole class is allowed

The professor will inform students in class, on the course outline, and/or on Courselink prior to the exam that everyone can use a calculator. When in doubt, ask your professors well in advance and make sure to clarify how he or she will notify SAS Exam Centre. When the whole class is allowed to use a calculator, you do not need additional approval of your professor.

When the whole class is NOT allowed

Students who have been granted the use of a non-programmable calculator as an accommodation by their SAS Advisor must also have permission from their professor. There are two ways this can be authorized:

1. You may be provided with a "Calculator Accommodation Form." Take it in person to your instructor, obtain their signature, and return it to SAS Exam Centre. Do not leave the form with your professor. 

2. You may also email your professor and copy both the SAS Exam Centre and your SAS Advisor on the email to make this request.

In all cases, you must confirm this accommodation with the Exam Centre well in advance.  If written confirmation from the professor has not been received by the SAS Exam Centre, and calculators are not generally allowed for all students taking the exam, then you will not be permitted to bring a calculator into the exam room.

If you have any questions about the use of a calculator during tests/exams, please contact your SAS Advisor or the SAS Exam Centre well in advance of your exam.