prc-approved calculator - Casio fx-991 es plus FOR CE BOARD REVIEW & EXAMS
(CIVIL ENGINEERING BOARD EXAM REVIEW TIPS/STRATEGIES SERIES)
By: Dindo Mojica, C.E., M.Eng
Casio FX-991ES Plus
Casio products are known by three qualities:
RELIABLE, LEGITIMATE & ACCURATE
CASIO FX-991ES PLUS SCIENTIFIC CALCULATOR REVIEW
Both Casio FX-991ES and the latest released FX-991ES Plus are approved scientific calculators that can be used in PRC Civil Engineer Board Exam. The difference between the two is its higher variable memory (9 variables), use of random integer, additional 14 functions, and improved design for ES Plus model. In addition the price of ES Plus is a little more expensive.
Comparison when I used Casio FX-991ES Plus to my previous Casio FX 991MS
Casio FX-991MS and Casio FX-991ES Plus
When I took up my CE board exam almost a decade ago, I had used two-way power Casio FX-991MS, until now I still used it for my estimates, projects, etc. Casio 991 series has almost the same abilities like 991MS with 401 Functions and 991ES with 417 functions. In fact, FX-991ES Plus is the upgraded version of FX-991MS. The only difference is that the large natural textbook display (Natural-VPAM) of the equations which caught my attention - a user friendly feature of 991ES; meaning you can enter mathematical equation/expression just as written in your textbook – an amazing feature.
Casio FX-991MS Scientific Calculator Specifications
Some features of Casio FX-991MS
1. Scientific 2-Line Display
2. 401 Functions
3. Matrix/Vector Calculation
4. Statistical Calculations with STAT-Data Editor
5. Solve Calculation & Formula Memory (CALC)
6. Two-way power
7. Equation Calculations
8. Numerical Differentiation & Integration
9. 40 Scientific constants and 40 metric conversions
My 10-year old calculatorI had bought my Casio FX-991MS when I enrolled in a CE review center on 2003 because of three reasons: one, my review lecturers used some techniques during their review classes (most especially in calculus problems) two, of its features that can help reviewees speed up their calculations with accuracy and three, my review lecturers endorse it to use this kind of calculator. Now my Casio FX-991MS is a decade-old and I still use it for my estimating projects. The price during that time is almost the same as of Casio FX-991ES Plus today.
Casio calculators are known for its high quality products DUE TO ITS DURABILITY (according to my professors and review lecturers) that it can last more than a decade (actually I had replaced the batteries), so you must invest for a scientific calculator like FX-991ES Plus for its features, and most review centers today prefer this model; they used it during their review classes and some offer it as an enhancement course.
Casio FX-991ES Plus Specifications
Price: some review centers/bookstores priced between P900 to P990
Note: it comes with a One (1) year warranty so keep your warranty card!
Image Source: http://edu.casio.com/products/adves/fx991esplus/Features:
- 40 stored scientific constants and 40 metric conversions
- 8 MODES - COMPUTATION, COMPLEX, STAT, BASE-N, EQUATION, MATRIX, TABLE and VECTOR Functions
- Multi REPLAY Function
- Natural Textbook Display - lets you input and display fraction, square roots and numeric functions just the ways you write it in textbook.
- Two way power using solar cell and G13 button battery (LR44)
Dimensions: LxWxH (length x width x height) - 161 x 80 x 12.2 mm
Operating Temperature: 0 - 40 degrees Celsius
Battery Life: 3 years (1 hour when used every day)
Weight: 105 g (including battery)
Warranty: 1 year
Two way power (Battery and Solar)
Full Dot Display
Integration / Differential
Matrix calculations / Vector calculations
Complex number calculation
CALC function / SOLVE function
Combination and Permutation
List-based STAT data editor
Paired-variable statistics regression analysis
40 scientific constants
40 metric conversions (20 conversion pairs)
9 variable memories
Comes with new slide on hard case
User’s Guide: http://support.casio.com/pdf/004/fx-570_991ES_PLUS_E.pdf
Comparison Guide: http://edu.casio.com/products/spec/adves_ntd/
I highly recommend to buy Casio FX-991ES Plus as a wise investment (even if you’re a college student) if you have extra money. YOU MUST: Study the calculator’s manual; Be familiar with its keys; Solve problems with this calculator; and enroll in a review center to have better chances of passing the board exams. Just go with the flow in using the latest calculator (follow the trend as well) as prescribed by the PRC. Just be careful in inputting data on the calculator during actual board exams.
PRC Approved Calculators - http://www.prc.gov.ph/page.aspx?id=3
Casio FX-991ES Plus - http://edu.casio.com/products/adves/fx991esplus/
Casio FX-991MS - http://edu.casio.com/products/standard/fx991ms/
Casio FX-991ES Plus Comparison Guide - http://edu.casio.com/products/spec/adves_ntd/
Casio FX-991ES Plus User’s Guide: http://support.casio.com/pdf/004/fx-570_991ES_PLUS_E.pdf
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The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) has released the Room Assignment for the November 2017 Civil Engineer Board Exam, few working days before the examination on November 11 & 12.
The November 2017 Civil Engineer Board Exam will be administered by the Professional Regulatory Board of Civil Engineering at designated testing centers nationwide.
Here’s the Room Assignment in November 2017 Civil Engineer Board Exam:
1. Check and verify your room assignment via the official website of PRC, 2 or 3 working days before the examination day.
2. On examination day, report to the school/building assignment not later than 6:30 AM. Be punctual. LATE EXAMINEES WILL NOT BE ADMITTED.
3. You are required to wear the following attire on examination day:
Male Examinees – White polo shirts or T-shirts with collar (without any seal, logo or mark), decent pants or slacks
Female Examinees – White blouses or T-shirts with collar (without any seal, logo or mark), decent pants or slacks
4. Bring the following on examination day:
a. Official Receipt of payment of application for examination
b. One (1) Window Envelope with metered postage stamp
c. One (1) long transparent white plastic envelope
d. One (1) long size brown envelope
e. Two (2) or more Pencils (No. 2)
f. Ball pen with BLACK INK only
g. Non-programmable calculator
5. The following are PROHIBITED inside the examination rooms/ premises:
a. Books, notes, review materials, and other printed materials containing coded data, information or formula;
b. Programmable calculators;
c. Cellular phones, beepers, portable computers or similar gadgets;
d. Bags of any kind (ladies’ bags, shoulder bags, attaché case, backpack etc)
e. Other examination aids not stated in this program
6. You are allowed to bring food and eat inside the room.
7. You will not be allowed to leave the examination room, borrow anything or communicate with other examinees on any matter during the examination.
8. Non-compliance with test instructions shall be a ground for cancellation of your examination.
9. Impersonation is a ground for disqualification in this BLEPT and in future examinations.
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