Global History & Geography Regents Exam Info

Instructor: Laura Melega
Passing the New York State (NYS) Regents exam in Global History and Geography will satisfy the NYS Regents social studies high school graduation requirement in the state of New York. Learn about the test format and how to prepare for exam day.

Format of the Regents Global History and Geography Exam

To graduate from high school in New York, students must pass five NYS Regents exams. Of the five exams, one of them needs to be in social studies. The Global History and Geography Regents Exam meets the social studies graduation requirement.

The Global History and Geography Regents Exam has the following parts:

SectionNo. of QuestionsQuestion Format
Part One50Multiple choice
Part Two1Essay based on provided theme
Part ThreeVaries*Part A asks document-based questions (DBQ), typically requiring a short-answer response
*Part B asks one essay question that requires students to use the provided documents

A score of 65 or higher is needed to pass the test and use it as the Regents social studies graduation requirement.

When the Exam Is Offered

This test can be taken during the months of January, June and August. The test could be offered either in the morning or during the afternoon, depending on your test date. For example, in August of 2015, it was held at 12:30 p.m., but in January and June of 2016, it's administered at 9:15 a.m.

Preparing for the Exam

Be ready to do well on this NYS Regents social studies exam by using's Global History and Geography Help and Review course. With more than 360 dynamic video lessons, this comprehensive course was written to cover the global history and geography topics that students are most likely to find on this particular exam. The video lessons have an average length of just about 8 minutes. With 24/7 access, students can complete the lessons whenever they have the time.

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