
Common Sense Calculator Use
This section focuses on how to use the Casio fx260 calculator. Once your students have mastered the mechanics, the main question is — how best to use it on the test.
 Inform your students that they will be given the calculator on Part I, but it will be taken away for Part II.
 Explain that they don’t have to use the calculator on every problem. (In fact they don’t have to use the calculator on any problem; it is simply being provided to them as an aid.)
 Go over sample problems with students and discuss — Would it be best to solve a problem with a calculator, mental math, or paper and pencil? Students should become aware of their own problemsolving style and what works best for them.
 Suggest that the calculator is an especially useful tool for doing or rechecking problems that are not in multiplechoice format.
 Finally, explain that calculators are not "fool proof." Anyone can make an error in "keying in" a problem. Urge your students to review each question and answer to make sure that their answer makes sense.
