Regents

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TEST PREP HELP FOR THE New York Regents High School Exams

New York Regents High School Exams, often referred to as Regents, are mandatory exams in New York State. They are created and administered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York. Each exam is created by selected New York teachers and highlights required knowledge and skills from its subject area. In order to graduate high school in New York, a student must earn a Regents High School Diploma. In order to obtain a Regents High School Diploma, a student must earn a certain number of credits in various subject areas by passing those courses, as well as earn a score of at least 65 on the Regents exam in that subject.

Getting Started with TEST PREP HELP FOR THE REGENTS EXAMS

If your child is taking Regents courses or preparing to take the Regents Exams, our individualized tutoring and test prep programs are the perfect way to do well in the courses and prepare for the tests. We begin by giving your child Regents Exam practice tests to pinpoint your child’s strengths and weaknesses and identify where we should concentrate when tailoring his or her tutoring plan. Based on the results of the practice tests, we will tailor a personalized learning plan targeted to meet your child’s unique needs and develop the skills and strategies necessary to do well in the courses and pass the Regents Exams. Our program will give your child the tools for the tests and for college in the future.

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Common questions About Regents Exams

To receive a Regents High School Diploma, a student in New York must pass five exams:

  • Integrated Algebra
  • Global History
  • U.S. History
  • Comprehensive English
  • Any one science Regents, from a choice of the following: Earth Science, Biology, Chemistry, or Physics

To receive an Advanced Regents High School Diploma, students must also pass an additional science exam of their choice, as well as two additional math exams in Geometry and Algebra 2/Trigonometry.

Most Regents Exams are structured in two parts. Part 1 is typically a multiple-choice section, usually between 30 and 50 questions. Part 2 is typically a long answer or essay section, where work must be shown.

Regents exams are administered at the student's high school. Test dates are typically in January, June, and August, although not all schools offer the August tests. Most students take Regents Exams in June of their sophomore and junior years. If a student does not pass a Regents Exam, he or she may retake that exam as many times as needed. For example, a student who fails the U.S. History exam in June of their junior year may take the exam again that August. However, if this exam is not offered in his area in August, he or she must wait until January of their senior year to retake the exam.

Regents Exams are given a scaled score based on the number of questions the student answered correctly, the level of difficulty of each question, and the skills each question measures. The minimum passing score is a scaled score of 65, and the minimum score for passing with distinction is a scaled score of 85.

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