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Old 12-16-2017, 10:50 PM
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Do you all recommend taking two calculators (e.g., BAII Plus and 30XS) to exam FM or just one? Thanks in advance.

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Iím definitely an outlier, but I found the financial calculator so frustrating that I used the TI-30XS exclusively and just became quick with entering annuity formulas. I had no problems doing this. In the rare case you need to solve the roots of a high degree polynomial (solving for an interest rate) you can use the table button and plug in the choices to see which solves it.
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Always take two just in case one stops working. Make sure you get them early so you have time to practice with them lots before exam day.
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Bring 2: the financial calculator, and literally any other calculator. If you don't have the TI 30XS Multiview, I suggest getting that. It took me maybe a week to get used to, and I never plan on using a different calculator again because it's so good.

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Iím definitely an outlier, but I found the financial calculator so frustrating that I used the TI-30XS exclusively and just became quick with entering annuity formulas.
I absolutely hated the financial calculator, the Ba II plus or whatever. I think I used it for like 2-3 questions (probably just 1, now that I'm remembering) on the exam. I used my other calculator for the rest of the questions, and I don't remember having issues with it. I probably would have been just fine without the financial calculator.
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Old 12-18-2017, 03:43 PM
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Bring 2: the financial calculator, and literally any other calculator.
You better mean "any other approved calculator". Many others would be fine for doing the calculations, but if the calculator isn't on the approved list, you cannot use it for the exam.
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If you don't have the TI 30XS Multiview, I suggest getting that. It took me maybe a week to get used to, and I never plan on using a different calculator again because it's so good.



I absolutely hated the financial calculator, the Ba II plus or whatever. I think I used it for like 2-3 questions (probably just 1, now that I'm remembering) on the exam. I used my other calculator for the rest of the questions, and I don't remember having issues with it. I probably would have been just fine without the financial calculator.
Yes, almost all the problems could be done without a financial calculator. There could be some which cannot, especially "solve for the interest rate" questions. Even "solve for the interest rate" problems might be doable, since the exam is multiple choice, by just trying the various answer choices and seeing which one fits best.
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I don’t understand why the HP-12c isn’t approved and I don’t understand why newer calculations have such mushy keys and such crummy layouts.

With the HP-12c, I can feel it in my bones when I miskey something but with the newer models I find I have a much higher unrecognized error rate.
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Thank you all for your input.
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I donít understand why the HP-12c isnít approved and I donít understand why newer calculations have such mushy keys and such crummy layouts.

With the HP-12c, I can feel it in my bones when I miskey something but with the newer models I find I have a much higher unrecognized error rate.
CFA Institute allows the HP12c. I wonder why the SOA doesn't.
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SOA and CAS only allow some Texas Instruments calculators.
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