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What calculators can I use when taking the CMA exam?

You are allowed to bring a calculator with you when you take the CMA exam, but it must meet specific requirements.

A Basic Calculator

  • Battery or solar powered
  • Six functions maximum (+ − × ÷ √ %)
  • Not programmable
  • No tape or printer

Or, One of Four Specific Financial Calculators

  • Texas Instruments BA II Plus Financial
  • Hewlett-Packard 12c
  • Hewlett-Packard 12c Platinum
  • Hewlett-Packard 10BII (Discontinued)

Note: The Texas Instruments BA II Plus Professional is not permitted.

If your calculator does not meet these requirements or is not one of the specific models listed, you will not be allowed to use it on the exam.

HOCK’s Recommendation

Unless you already have one of the specific models allowed on the exam and are familiar with how to use it, we do not recommend purchasing one of the advanced calculators just for the exam. A basic calculator will be sufficient and you do not want to be slowed down on the exam by an advanced calculator that you are not sure how to use properly.

Examples of Basic Calculators

Below are several examples of basic calculators so that you can be familiar with what a basic calculator looks like. We do not endorse or recommend any particular model.

Have Questions About Calculators?

If you have any questions about calculators on the CMA exams, please contact us and we will be glad to help.

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