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NY Regents Requirements

This article will provide you more information about graduation requirements and the New York State standardized test, the Regents Exam. Most students, with some limited exceptions, are required to take the Regents Exams. So more than likely, your mentee will be taking the exam in order to graduate high school in New York State.

Introduction

In New York State, Regents Examinations are statewide standardized examinations in core high school subjects required for a Regents Diploma to graduate. Most students, with some limited exceptions, are required to take the Regents Examinations. To graduate, students are required to have earned appropriate credits in a number of specific subjects by passing year-long or half-year courses, after which they must pass Regents examinations in some of the subject areas. For higher achieving students, a Regents with Advanced designation, and an Honor designation, are also offered.

The New York State Regents Exams are the following:

  • English Language Arts
  • United States History and Government
  • Global History and Geography
  • Algebra 1  
  • Geometry 
  • Algebra 2  
  • Living Environment
  • Earth Science
  • Chemistry 
  • Physics 

When They Are Offered

Regents exams are offered in January, June, and August every school year.

Standard requirements to graduate

Advanced Regents Diploma vs Local Diploma

Local Diplomas are offered by New York State school districts for students who did not pass the Regents Diploma requirements. Advanced and Honors designations are available for exemplary students. Most students are required to achieve a score of 65 or higher on Regents Exams to pass. Students with disabilities are required to achieve a score of 45 through 54 out of a possible 100 on a state Regents exam. However this only qualifies for a local diploma as long as they compensate with a score of 65 or higher on another Regents exam. Students with disabilities still must earn minimum 55 scores on Regents exams in Comprehensive English and math. NYSED considers a score of 75 to 80 to indicate college readiness, with a score of 75 to 85 being a cutoff for admission for some selective colleges and universities and a score below 75 being a threshold for placement in remediation for some schools, including CUNY schools.

Regents Diploma exam requirements

Passing the following Regents exams with a score of 65 or better is required for a Regents Diploma:

  • Global History and Geography;
  • U.S. History and Government;
  • English Language Arts;
  • Any one math exam (usually Algebra I);
  • Any one science exam (usually Earth Science or Living Environment)

Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation exam requirements

Passing the following Regents exams with a score of 65 or better is required for a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation:

  • Global History and Geography;
  • U.S History and Government;
  • English Language Arts;
  • All three math exams;
  • Two science exams (Living Environment and one other science exam);
  • Language other than English

Additional honors designations

The New York State Board of Regents offers the following honors to students with exemplary academic performance:

  • A student who earns an average score of 90 or higher (without rounding) on required exams is eligible for a Regents Diploma with Honors or a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors.
  • A student who earns scores of 85 or higher on all of the required mathematics Regents Examinations is eligible for an annotation on their diploma that states that the student has mastery in mathematics.
  • A student who earns scores of 85 or higher on at least three science Regents Examinations is eligible for an annotation on their diploma that states that the student has mastery in science.

Prepping for Regents

  • Most schools offer some sort of prep (mornings, afternoons, Saturdays) for these exams.
  • Access past exams