NYS Geometry Regents Exam Information

Instructor: Laura Melega
The New York State (NYS) Regents exams are given each year to high school students across the state to ensure they've mastered the subject areas required to earn a high school diploma. Learn about the Regents Geometry exam formatting and find out how to fully prepare for it.

Regents Exam in Geometry: 2005 Standard and Common Core

The NYS Geometry Regents exam is one of the test options students can use to fulfill the Regents math requirement for graduation. Through January 2016, there will be two geometry exam options:

  • Students who took a geometry course before the 2013-2014 school year are required to take the Geometry Regents exam based on the 2005 Mathematics Core Curriculum standards.
  • Students who took geometry during or after the 2013-2014 school year will take the Geometry Regents exam centered around Common Core standards.

Upcoming Exam Dates

The final Geometry Regents exam based on the 2005 Mathematics Core Curriculum standards is scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, January 26 at 1:15 p.m.

Upcoming dates for the Common Core Geometry Regents exam are:

  • Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 9:15 a.m.
  • Friday, June 17, 2016 at 1:15 p.m.

Test schedules at individual schools may be adjusted as necessary.

Format of the NYS Geometry Regents Exam

The Geometry Regents exam asks students 36-38 questions and consists of one multiple-choice section and three open-ended sections. Students have three hours to finish the test, and they must show their work when answering the exam's open-ended questions. Students who do not outline the steps taken to arrive at a correct answer will only receive partial credit for their responses.

Each exam includes a reference sheet that students can use during the test. Students will also be provided access to a graphing calculator if they do not have one already.

The test formats shown below compare the Geometry Regents exams aligned with the 2005 Mathematics Core Curriculum standards and Common Core.

2005 Standards exam with 38 total questions

No. of
per correct answer
Section 1, multiple choice282
Section 2, open-ended62
Section 3, open-ended34
Section 4, open-ended16

Common Core exam with 36 total questions

No. of
per correct answer
Section 1, multiple-choice242
Section 2, open-ended72
Section 3, open-ended34
Section 4, open-ended26

Preparing for the Exam

Students looking for materials to supplement their coursework and prepare for the exam can check out's NYS Regents Geometry Exam Help & Review course. With more than 125 engaging video lessons, this course was written to cover all of the essential geometry subjects included on the exam.

The five-minute video lessons and quizzes are accessible 24 hours a day, so students can use the lessons whenever they have the time, whether it's before school, on the bus, or between classes. Plus, all courses are fully portable with's mobile-friendly design.

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