Regents High School examinations are mandatory exams administered in New York State by the New York State Education Department. High school students typically take these exams as the culmination to a year-long course in the corresponding subject. There are currently ten different Regents exams administered covering a variety of subjects.
NOTE: For the 2020-2021 school year, NYSED announced it is cancelling all Regent exams for grades 8-12, EXCEPT for those in Algebra 1, Earth Science, Living Environment, and English. Those exams will be given June 17-24, 2021. The August 2021 Regents exams will be cancelled.
Regents Exams Administered
- Algebra 2/Trigonometry
- Comprehensive English
- Earth Science
- Global History & Geography
- Integrated Algebra
- Living Environment
- U.S. History & Government
New York State Requirements
To receive a regular high school diploma, students in New York State must pass five Regents Exams with a score of 65 or higher: Integrated Algebra, Global History & Geography, U.S. History & Government, Comprehensive English, and any one science exam (Chemistry, Earth Science, Living Environment or Physics).
To receive an Advanced Regents Diploma, students must also pass an additional science exam and all three math exams (Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Geometry, and Integrated Algebra).
Format and Content
Most Regents exams are made up of a multiple-choice section and a free-response section (either essay or problem-solving format) and are three hours long. The Earth Science exam contains an additional laboratory component and the Foreign Language exams contain an additional oral exam component. The content of the exam varies depending on the subject.
Exams are scored on a scale from 0 to 100. There is no wrong answer penalty.
Students typically take Regents exams in June, but they are also administered in August for students who want to take them after summer school.