Regents Examination, offered by the New York State Board of Regents

Regents Examination, offered by the New York State Board of Regents (Study Options)

The NYS Regents Examination, offered by the New York State Board of Regents, is a set of assessments for students of all ages throughout the state. These exams are developed by the New York State Education Department. The Regents Exams fulfill a number of purposes. They provide an accurate reflection of student knowledge and progress in key subject areas, and they help teachers personalize subsequent instruction. They also generate data about school and district performance, so that administrators can identify areas in need of improvement.

Regents Examination

The only tests administered for grades three through eight are for English language arts, mathematics, and science. There are also optional second language proficiency examinations for these grades in French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish.

Regents Success Strategies Study Guide
Regents Success Strategies Study Guide

At the high school level, there are two English language arts exams: comprehensive English and high school English language arts (Common Core). There are foreign language exams for French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, and Spanish. The subject areas covered by the mathematics exams are algebra I, integrated algebra, geometry, algebra 2/trigonometry, and mathematics B. There are only two social studies exams at the high school level: global history and geography and United States history and government. Finally, the Regents Examination program includes five high school science tests: reference tables, chemistry, Earth science, living environment, and physics.

The NYS Regents exams typically take about three hours, and are divided into two parts. The first part consists of thirty to fifty multiple-choice questions, while the second is long answer/essay questions. For the math and physical science exams, Part II is made up of multi-part questions that require the student to show his or her work.

New York State Regents

In order to obtain a New York Regents Diploma, students must score at least a 65 on the following exams: global history and geography; United States history and government; comprehensive English; one of the math exams; and one of the science exams. To receive a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation, students must score a 65 on all of these exams, as well as two more math exams, another science exam, and the exam for a language other than English. Students who have an average score of at least 90 are eligible for a Regents Diploma with Honors or a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors. Finally, students who have an average score of at least 85 on all of the required mathematics or at least three of the science exams will receive a special diploma indicating their mastery in math or science.

The NYS Regents Examinations are a great chance for students to boost their academic standing. Mometrix has developed a comprehensive and effective set of study materials for students of all ages. These resources include study guides and flashcards, both of which contain all of the material students are likely to see on the New York Regents Exam, as well as some general advice for success on these important examinations. Students who want to raise their scores on the Regents Examination should purchase the Mometrix resources without delay. They can be obtained at for Regents Exam Success Strategies Study Guide and for Regents Exam Flashcard Study System.

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