• Discussion topic
    11/04/2013 - 11:55am

    ATTENTION ALL Certificate Students

    A great new video presentation has been created by our team to show students how to answer exam questions, use the on-screen calculator and mathemathical tables.

    It's now live on the website, click here to view today.

    Let me know what you think, happy studying!




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  • Discussion topic
    26/10/2012 - 7:36pm

    I just thought I'd forewarn anyone sitting C03 that when I sat the assessment yesterday I was told that I couldn't use my calculator and had to use the on-screen calculator.  It was like the Microsoft one.

    I didn't know how to calculate square root and although I guessed at the button for "to the power of" it didn't work so I thought I'd got it wrong but now I've tried the same button at home it works.

    It was really slow and didn't show the minus sign if you typed one.

  • Discussion topic
    11/09/2014 - 6:41am

    I just sat the c03 exam and I have to say that the onscreen calculator is absolutley rubbish.  

    I can't imagine any competent accountatnt would use a scientifc calculator like this when there are much better calculators avialable to them.  I couldn't answer questions because I couldnt function the calculator properly or quick enough!!!

  • Discussion topic
    08/07/2013 - 11:34am

    I recently took my first certificate level exam, C01.  Although I passed, I was appalled that CIMA students were not allowed to use their own calculators in the exam.  This rule substantially slowed me down and I was not able to complete all the questions.

    To add to the frustration, the ACCA students taking their CBAs at the same time and in the same room as CIMA students were allowed to use their own calculators. 

  • Discussion topic
    20/04/2013 - 5:14pm

    Hi friends,


    Can anybody guide me which calculator would be useful for me to purchase for CIMA course. I am giving P2 paper in May 2013 and for solving problems on learning curve I am not able to understand which calculator to use. Please guide..





  • Discussion topic
    30/01/2013 - 1:02pm

    I am planning to take up F1. I am wondering if I can use Casio FC 200V in the exam. I know there are a lot of discussions about calculators and the guidelines on the use of calculator per CIMA is so vague.

     I hope someone can please advice if this one I can use. Appreciate your time and effort. Below is the link for the Manual: 

     Kind regards,


  • Discussion topic
    24/03/2012 - 2:36pm

    Please can anyone tell me if i can take a scientific calculator into the exam please, when i booked the exam which is tomorrow they said yes as long as it did not connect to the internet , but i just read the exam guidelines on kaplan and it says you can have a calculator that does not have a programmable function.


  • Discussion topic
    26/05/2010 - 5:23pm
    Does anyone know what the penalty is for using a disallowed calculator in a CIMA exam?
  • Discussion topic
    01/11/2009 - 4:02am


    can someone please explain how to calculate the cumulative learning rate. I am looking at May 2008 Q4, part c. I have reviewed the model answer and the PEG for this question and it says something about the third root of 51% being 80% - how is this calculated, I've never been able to find any reference to this 'third root' in any of my textbooks.


  • Question
    07/09/2009 - 8:22pm

    Question asked by:

    Tim Uittenbroek - view profile

    Hi All,

    Could anyone recommend a good calculator that is permitted for use in the CIMA exams? I currently have a TI-86 but realise that this is not allowed because of its memory and graphical functions.

    Currently I am looking at the Casio FX 85 ES - anyone know if this model is allowed? I realise that it has some alphanumeric characters, but pretty much every calculator has that nowadays.

    Any help would be appreciated.