NY State High School Regents Exams

Regents exams measure student achievement in high school-level courses. In order to graduate from high school, students must pass five Regents exams in the following subject areas: English Language Arts, a math, a science, social studies, and any additional Regents exam or another option approved by the State. Student may also earn an Advanced Regents diploma if they pass certain additional Regents exams in math and science, as well as any NYC Language Other Than English exam.

NY State offers Regents exams in the following subject areas:

  • English Language Arts
  • Math
    • Algebra I
    • Algebra II/Trigonometry
    • Geometry
  • Science
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Science
    • Living Environment
    • Physics
  • Social Studies
    • Global History and Geography
    • U.S. History

Who takes this test?

Students have the opportunity to take Regents Exams in grades 9-12 and, when appropriate, in grade eight. Students may also take Regents exams after leaving high school to earn a diploma.

When is this test given?

This year, NYSED and the Board of Regents have cancelled the June 2020 Regents administration. As a result, students who intended to take any June 2020 Regents may be eligible for a June 2020 Regents exemption. For more information, click here.

NYSED has also cancelled the August 2020 administration of the NYS High School Regents Examination Program in response to the extended statewide closures of schools and districts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This cancellation applies to all Regents Examinations that had been scheduled for the August 2020 Regents Examination period.

What is on the test?

The content will vary by exam subject. All exams have multiple choice and open-ended questions.

How is the test scored?

The Regents exams are scored by licensed and trained New York City teachers. No student’s exam is scored by a teacher from the student’s school. This scoring follows NY State Education Department and DOE policies on scoring of State exams.

How are the results reported?

You can see Regents exam results on the student's high school transcript and in their NYC Schools Account. Schools have the option to display all of the student’s Regents exam scores or just the highest score earned in each exam subject.

How are the results used?

Results are used for student high school graduation requirements, school quality reports, and teacher development and evaluation.

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