|NCEES calculator update|
Message #1 Posted by Norris on 29 Sept 2006, 9:23 p.m.
The October 2006 issue of Licensure Exchange makes it clear that NCEES is considering a plan to issue calculators to engineers and surveyors taking licensing exams. This is a major market for the HP 33S, so if NCEES standardizes on some other model, 33S sales would take a substantial hit.
However, the good news is that NCEES rejected a plan to purchase cheap calculators, and is apparently considering four different models, possibly including the 33S.
p. 11: An exam security audit in August included a recommendation to "provide calculators at exam sites"
p. 4: In September, delegates at the Annual Meeting "defeated a motion to add $25 to the cost of each exam to pay for supplying calculators to all examinees at each exam site. After delegates voiced concern about the specific model chosen by the Board, the proposal failed."
p. 5: The delegates also "Approved a motion to purchase 50 each of the 4 calculators on the 2007 approved list so that the exam development committees can use the calculators when creating exam questions and determine if one of the calculators might meet the requirements for a calculator that NCEES could provide for future exam administrations."
It is not clear which $25 model was rejected, but at that price it was presumably not the 33S. It is also not clear whether the 33S is one of the "4 calculators on the 2007 approved list". The current 2006 list includes 10 models, including the HP 9S, 30S, and 33S, but apparently the list will be shortened for 2007.
The 33S is one of the more popular NCEES exam calculators, and is the only one with RPN, so it seems likely that it will make the 2007 list. However, we won't know for sure until the 2007 calculator list is announced, probably in November.
Edited: 29 Sept 2006, 9:27 p.m.