How to identify Calculator is Programmable or Non-Programmable Calculator ?

Some competitive examinations allow the candidates for the use of a calculator but may permit to use the only calculator of non-programmable type.

Calculators that are NOT programmable:

This is what a non-programmable calculator looks like.

non-programmable calculator example

List of few non-programmable calculators of some famous brands like Casio, Sharp, Texas Instruments, Hewlett-Packard.

list of non-programmable calculators from brands cisco, sharp, hp, texas instruments.
This list doesn’t end here, you can read in the comments section at the end of this blog post to know more models that are non-programmable.

Calculators that are Programmable:

Programmable calculators can automatically carry out a sequence of operations under control of a stored program, much like a computer.

programmable calculator example

Examples of programmable calculators are shown in the picture. This calculator runs on a Computer Algebra System (CAS). A CAS helps to make certain complicated algebraic functions automatic and less tedious. As you can see, these calculators also have graphing capabilities. A calculator with graphing capabilities is most likely to be programmable. The easy way to tell if the calculator has graphing capabilities is by looking at the larger screen that would be found on a scientific calculator.

Features of the Programmable calculator:

  1. These calculators are capable of storing text or alphanumeric data input by a user.
  2. These calculators are capable of storing, manipulating or graphing functions entered in the symbolic form.
  3. These programmable calculators are capable of performing operations such as differentiation, definite integration, algebraic expressions, binomial expansion, symbolic differentiation and the solution to a system of equations.
  4. These calculators are also capable of external communication or Internet connectivity.
The main difference between a programmable and non-programmable calculator is there is no function button on the non-programmable calculator. Another difference that can be noticed on non-programmable calculators have no matrix or vector functions.

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  • is casio 991 MS programmable ??

    lewis April 29, 2016 2:43 pm Reply
    • No, It is Scientific Calculator. Programmable Calculators price range above INR 5k. Regards

      Madhusudan Gupta May 15, 2016 8:30 am Reply
    • Yes Lewis, Casio 991 MS model is a Non Programmable scientific calculator.

      Vinodh Reddy Chennu September 2, 2016 12:09 am Reply
  • Thank God for an article like this when you have a math exam tomorrow.

    Roma May 2, 2016 3:37 pm Reply
    • I thank Vinodh Reddy Chennu.

      Thomas Fodor December 16, 2016 11:18 pm Reply
  • Right Vinodh. A nice work, with much research. But what I understand, the Programmable Calculators (PC) that you have described herein, infact are calculators with built-in functions. These calculators can sure take text inputs as formula entry for using a built-in function. The Programmable Calculators, in my opinion, are capable of executing set of instructions for calculating/ computing based on mathematical and logical repetitive alogarithms which, in some cases, can also use built in functions of the machine. These set of instructions entered in the PC are coded in basic type environment or similar languages. The programming instruction may include simple formula translation techniques, Logical If statement and Do Loop statements. Casio PCs are Suffixed with P after their model number. eg. FX 502P, FX 5880P etc. Regards

    Madhusudan Gupta May 15, 2016 8:18 am Reply
  • Is an hp bII + a programable calculator

    Cicky June 3, 2016 1:23 am Reply
  • Is SHARP EL-506X programmable?

    Kate June 4, 2016 8:31 pm Reply
  • Is my casio fx-991EX a programmable calculator sir? Im taking my board licensure exam for professional teachers this september and i bought fx-991EX. We are only allowed to use non-proggramable calculator sir. Do you think I can use it on my exam sir?

    Ira Garcia June 18, 2016 8:42 pm Reply
  • This is a very helpful and well written article. Thank you.

    Felicia Hawkins June 22, 2016 5:02 am Reply
  • Is fx-991ES PLUS (casio) a programmable calculator?

    Mawa July 12, 2016 4:52 pm Reply
  • Is F788SG by Canon a programmable calculator?

    Firdaus Yap July 13, 2016 3:15 pm Reply
  • Hello, got an exam in a few days need help with identifying if my calculator is programmable or not. It’s a Sharp EL-W535HT

    Ditto July 19, 2016 7:55 pm Reply
  • Please guys tell me is Casio fx 991 ex classwiz a programmable calculator?

    kheevar July 25, 2016 8:43 pm Reply
    • Hello Kheevar, Casio FX 991 EX classwiz is a non programmable scientific calculator.

      Vinodh Reddy Chennu September 2, 2016 12:17 am Reply
  • Is fx 991 MS programmable or not??

    Ashim July 31, 2016 11:00 am Reply
  • Is a TI-30XS a programmable calculator?

    Nick August 1, 2016 7:08 am Reply
    • Hello Nick, Texas Instruments TI-30XS model is a non programmable calculator.

      Vinodh Reddy Chennu September 2, 2016 12:14 am Reply
  • Is sharp el-w506x programmable?

    Joy August 4, 2016 6:33 pm Reply
  • Thanks for this article

    Nikhil Bhavikatti August 8, 2016 12:01 am Reply
    • Is fx991es is a programmable calculator?

      Balaji August 10, 2016 7:34 am Reply
  • is CASIO fx-570 ES a programmable calculator???

    Iqra August 11, 2016 11:23 pm Reply
  • Is fx-991 EX classwiz is programmable?

    prathmesh August 12, 2016 7:48 pm Reply
  • is fx 991ES-+ programmable calculator or not?

    Hellen Keller August 16, 2016 9:31 pm Reply
  • TI-36x Pro Engineering/scientific Calculator is a non-programmable calculator?

    Joseph Jackson August 17, 2016 1:47 am Reply
    • Yes Joseph Jackson. It is an Non Programmable scientific calculator.

      Vinodh Reddy Chennu September 2, 2016 12:08 am Reply
  • Is the Casio fx-9860GII considered programmable ?

    Jessica August 19, 2016 9:41 am Reply
  • Is hp 30S programmable ? Pls reply fast

    Akash August 25, 2016 12:18 pm Reply
    • It is a non-programmable calculator.
      Sorry for the delay in reply.

      Vinodh Reddy Chennu September 1, 2016 7:53 pm Reply
      • Thanks Really appreciate

        Akash September 2, 2016 10:35 pm Reply
  • Is the Sharp EL-W516X a programmable calculator ? Thanks

    Austin August 30, 2016 9:21 pm Reply
    • Sharp models EL-W516, EL-W546, EL-W506 are non-programmable scientific calculators.

      Vinodh Reddy Chennu September 1, 2016 7:50 pm Reply
  • Hi, is the CASIO fx-991ES PLUS C a non-programmable calculator?

    Stephanie Wong September 2, 2016 6:44 am Reply
    • Yes Stephanie Wong, CASIO FX-991ES PLUS C is a non-programmable scientific calculator.

      Vinodh Reddy Chennu September 2, 2016 9:34 am Reply
  • Thanks for the information it was very helpful..

    Dipraj September 3, 2016 12:10 pm Reply
  • This article gave me a lot of relief.Thank You Vinodh sir

    Teja September 8, 2016 6:41 pm Reply
  • Sir, is the Casio fx-570EX a non-programmable calculator?

    Leonard Kok September 12, 2016 7:29 pm Reply
  • Hi, is financial calculator a non-programable calculator?

    Sunil21life@rediffmail.com September 14, 2016 9:13 am Reply
  • Is fx-82MS Casio calculator programmable or not plz help me out

    santosh singh September 14, 2016 11:29 pm Reply
  • Is casio fx-95es plus programmable?

    Syd September 21, 2016 8:40 pm Reply
  • Is Casio fx-300ES plus programmable?

    Vanessa N September 22, 2016 1:57 am Reply
  • Is the Texas Instrument TI-84 Plus a programmable or non-programmable calculator? I have a mid-term coming up and I really need to know.

    DominiqueWaller September 23, 2016 9:56 am Reply
  • Is Sharp Business/Financial Calculator EL – 735 programmable?

    Vijay Rasiah September 24, 2016 2:04 pm Reply
  • Hello, thanks for all the help.

    What about a Casio fx-115ES?


    Is this considered programmable?


    maeus September 28, 2016 2:35 pm Reply
  • Is ms 270tv casio a programmable calculator?

    Kase September 30, 2016 5:14 am Reply
    • Hi, Kase.
      It is Non-programmable calc. and not even a scientific calculator.

      Vinodh Reddy Chennu November 26, 2016 8:44 pm Reply
  • Is casio classwiz fx-991ex a non programmable calculator?

    Ahmad September 30, 2016 8:54 am Reply
  • Is Texas Instruments TI-30XPro Multiview programmable?

    Mai Nguyen October 2, 2016 1:46 am Reply
  • Sir, is the casio fx-82ZA PLUS programmable?

    IngraftedGentile October 3, 2016 8:19 pm Reply
  • Hello! I would like to ask if my calculator CASIO MS-120BM a non-programmable?

    maine October 7, 2016 4:55 pm Reply
  • is the SHARP Writeview EL-W535X programmable or non-programmable?

    no name October 9, 2016 11:14 pm Reply
  • Hello sir . Is Canon F-789SGA a non-programmable calculator ? Thank you sir

    Mary Jane October 12, 2016 10:44 pm Reply
  • Thank you, very helpful!

    Tanks October 15, 2016 8:31 pm Reply
  • Hi. First of all, thank you for your help.
    Is Texas Instrument BA II Plus Financial calculator is programmable?
    Thank you

    SAM October 18, 2016 3:12 am Reply
  • is the sharp EL-W516X a programmable calculator?

    Fawzi October 20, 2016 4:35 am Reply
  • Hahahah I’m writing math tomorrow

    Luke October 28, 2016 12:43 am Reply
  • How about Canon F-715SG

    Day November 3, 2016 6:32 pm Reply
  • Hello
    Is TEXAS INSTRUMENTS TI-83 Plus considering programmable?

    Mae November 9, 2016 11:06 am Reply
  • is casio fx-991ES plus programmable?

    Sumaiya November 9, 2016 5:20 pm Reply
  • Is the Casio fx-300ES PLUS programmable?

    Tyberius Shackleton November 9, 2016 11:14 pm Reply
  • is casio fx-991ES plus is programable caculator?

    viraj November 17, 2016 1:38 pm Reply
  • Have a stats exam Monday- is a casino fx 9860G AU PLUS a programmable calculator?

    Imogen Johnson November 19, 2016 5:49 am Reply
    • Yes, Imogen Johnson.
      It is a programmable calculator.

      Does your college/university allow programmable calculator for stats exam?

      Vinodh Reddy Chennu November 26, 2016 8:28 pm Reply
  • Casio fx 991 es plus have vector and matrix functions and still it is non programmable calculator.

    Pulkit November 21, 2016 9:21 pm Reply
    • Hi Pulkit,
      Having Vector and matrix functions doesn’t mean that it is a programmable calculator.

      Programming calculator has graphing capabilities.

      Vinodh Reddy Chennu November 26, 2016 8:31 pm Reply
  • Is Casio fx100 MS is programmable?

    Rajendra Nalawade November 23, 2016 11:06 pm Reply
  • Is Casio FX-300MS Plus a non programmable??

    Nangai December 1, 2016 3:47 am Reply
  • How can I prove fx991ex is a non programmable one?

    Vikash December 4, 2016 6:00 pm Reply
    • Just go through our article once again, you will be able to verify yourself.

      Vinodh Reddy Chennu January 6, 2017 10:20 pm Reply
  • Is the Casio fx-115es plus programmable?

    Alexander December 15, 2016 1:52 am Reply
  • Is JW-200TW 12Digits a non-programmable calculator? Is it allowed in the CPA Board Exam?

    maine December 27, 2016 6:46 am Reply
  • please tell me the name of best programable calculator.

    Md. Saifur Rahman January 6, 2017 4:16 pm Reply
    • ti 84 CE, ti 89 titanium ti-nspire cx or ti-nspire cx cas (these are my preferences at least)

      Walter February 8, 2017 10:20 am Reply
  • Is Casio fx-5800P is programmable calculator?

    Md. Saifur Rahman January 6, 2017 4:29 pm Reply
  • is the TI-nspire cx programmable?

    Kelsey Nickel January 10, 2017 1:06 am Reply
    • Yes, It is a programmable calculator, It has graphing capabilities.

      Vinodh Reddy Chennu February 26, 2017 11:49 pm Reply
  • Is a Casio fx-300ES Plus a non-programmable scientific calculator?

    Shadae January 11, 2017 2:37 am Reply
    • Yes, Casio fx-300ES Plus is a non-programmable scientific calculator.

      Vinodh Reddy Chennu February 26, 2017 11:50 pm Reply
  • is a sharp EL-W516XBSL programmable?

    Jogpal Jhajj January 11, 2017 7:30 am Reply
  • Hi Vinod,

    I note on your list above that the casio fx-83WA is non-programmable. How about the Casio Fx-83WAB?

    Paul January 11, 2017 8:21 pm Reply
  • What about TI-15?

    John Alli January 31, 2017 3:27 am Reply
  • just out of curiosity are there any non-graphing calculators that are programmable?

    Walter February 8, 2017 10:17 am Reply
  • is a ti-84 plus ce programable?

    sam February 9, 2017 7:03 am Reply
  • Is canon F-718SA programmable?

    Zaib February 21, 2017 11:16 pm Reply
  • thanks for this article. I can use my casio fx-991ES calculator this coming LET. I thought this is a programmable one

    Josephine February 22, 2017 7:37 am Reply
  • Hello is a TI-30x programmable? Thank you for article

    Chris G February 23, 2017 9:08 pm Reply
  • Hi , can u recommend me a cheap non-programmable calculator which can perform matrix operations using r1,r2,r3 for rows?

    Rajit Bansal February 24, 2017 11:31 pm Reply
  • What is the difference between financial and programmable calculator?

    Anela March 2, 2017 9:01 am Reply
  • Hi. Thanks for the info above.
    May I ask if my Canon F-7156S and F-718SGA a non-programmable calculator?
    Thank you for answering.

    Cherdy March 7, 2017 2:01 pm Reply
  • Is Casio fx-991ES Plus with 417 functions a scientific calculator

    Najih ett March 15, 2017 6:56 pm Reply
  • is a casio fx 991ex classwiz programmable?

    Matthew Tortell March 16, 2017 10:05 pm Reply
  • Is Casio fx-300ES PLUS a non-programmable or programmable calculator?

    Casey Marshall March 24, 2017 9:58 pm Reply
  • hello sir ,i am an engineering student, i just want to know if texas instrument ti36x pro allowed in my future board licensure exam ? coz, i want to spend my time with a non programmable calculator that will be allowed in my future engineering exams. follow up , which do you think is better , 115 es or ti36x pro ?thank you.

    ainah engg March 31, 2017 1:45 am Reply
  • Hello please is Hp39gs a programable calculator? I want one that can do survey calculations thanks.

    evans April 28, 2017 6:32 pm Reply
  • Is the Casio FX-JP900-N calculator programmable?

    Mike May 12, 2017 3:30 am Reply
    • Calculator seems to have graphing capabilities, it should be the programmable type.

      Vinodh Reddy Chennu May 12, 2017 11:04 pm Reply
  • is casio fx-100AU PLUS is a programmable calculator?

    Joshua June 15, 2017 9:15 am Reply
  • Just thanks for the article.

    Rushikesh July 28, 2017 9:05 am Reply
  • How about f×-991MS is programmable

    Quely September 29, 2017 11:50 am Reply
  • Hi is an casio fx-991ZA PLUS a programmable calculator?

    Johan November 3, 2017 9:35 am Reply
  • Is 991 ES plus a programmable calculator ,
    as it has matrix and vector function solving capability?

    hardik December 5, 2017 1:06 pm Reply
    • Hi Hardik,
      Casio fx-991ES PLUS is a scientific non-programmable calculator.

      Vinodh Reddy Chennu May 13, 2018 7:05 pm Reply
  • is casio fx-115 es plus a programmable calculator?

    adrian February 3, 2018 5:24 pm Reply
  • is a Sharp EL520XBWH programmable?

    Justin February 21, 2018 9:31 pm Reply
  • Is fx-991ES PLUS is a programmable calculator?

    ABDULLAH March 1, 2018 11:34 pm Reply
  • Hi! thank you for the article. I would just like to ask if the sharp EL-W506X-VL is a non programmable calculator.

    elle destura March 13, 2018 9:01 am Reply
  • Is casio fx-991 ES is a programmable calcultor ???

    Arafat March 30, 2018 10:18 am Reply
  • Why have not you mentioned the Casio fx 991 es and es plus are not programmable!!! ? It creates so much confusions

    Shubiour March 31, 2018 6:13 pm Reply
  • Hi! Is EL-W506XBYL Sharp programmable? I’ve read the answer you gave about the EL-506X but it seems to be a different calculator
    Here’s the link on the website of sharp, I can’t understand if it’s programmable or not 🙁

    Massimiliano June 4, 2018 8:21 pm Reply
  • why not you update the list of non-programmable calculators instead of asking people to look under the comments section? thanks. it will help us all alot.

    sazymaera June 5, 2018 7:56 am Reply
    • Will do it periodically once in a year. As every year new models are released into the market.

      Vinodh Reddy Chennu June 11, 2018 1:31 pm Reply
  • Is casio 991 ES plus non programmable?

    Abdul Gani February 24, 2019 4:40 pm Reply
  • casio fx- 991 MS is programmable???

    Rasel April 5, 2019 6:13 pm Reply
  • Thanks for sharing. I could not identify which is programmable and which is not. With your help, I can identify now….

    Fraction.Calc April 19, 2019 1:57 pm Reply
  • Is the casio fx-570 ES plus non programmable

    Maysa May 7, 2019 10:27 am Reply
  • Thank you very much, Vinodh, for putting this article together. I was confused between the ‘storage’ and ‘recall’ functions of my TI-30XB calculator for my exam as thought this meant it may be programmable. But from your explanation, storage is only for numbers but text storage/ internet link/ graphs is what is more linked to a programmable calculator, so this makes mine non-programmable. Is this correct?

    Sonia July 17, 2019 10:05 am Reply

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