NYS Regents Exam Schedule

Instructor: Laura Melega
Passing the New York State (NYS) Regents Exams is a prerequisite to earning a high school diploma for students in the state of New York. Find out when the tests are offered, the required test subjects, and how to prepare for the exams.

NYS Regents Exam Dates

NYS Regents Exams are offered in January, June, and August each year to make sure every student has the opportunity to pass the exams.

Students in New York must pass five NYS Regents Exams with a score above 64 to graduate from high school and ensure they have mastered practical skills that can be used to help them be successful in future endeavors. Four of the NYS Regents Exams are in English, mathematics, science, and social studies, and the fifth test must be an exam from one of the following subjects:

  • One additional English, math, science, or social studies
  • Career and Technical Education (CTE)
  • Language other than English (LOTE)

The January and June 2016 testing dates, times, and exam subjects are as follows:

DateTimeExam Subject
Tuesday, January 269:15 a.m.Global History & Geography
Physical Setting/Physics
Tuesday, January 261:15 p.m.English Language Arts - Common Core
Geometry - 2005 Standard
Wednesday, January 279:15 a.m.Living Environment
Physical Setting/Chemistry
Wednesday, January 271:15 p.m.Comprehensive English
Thursday, January 289:15 a.m.U.S. History & Government
Physical Setting/Earth Science
Geometry - Common Core
Thursday, January 281:15 p.m.Algebra I - Common Core
Friday, January 299:15 a.m.Algebra II/Trigonometry
Wednesday, June 19:15 a.m.Algebra II - Common Core
Tuesday, June 149:15 a.m.Global History & Geography
Tuesday, June 141:15 p.m. English Language Arts - Common Core
Wednesday, June 159:15 a.m.Living Environment
Wednesday, June 151:15 p.m.U.S. History & Government
Thursday, June 169:15 a.m.Algebra I - Common Core
Thursday, June 161:15 p.m.Comprehensive English
Friday, June 179:15 a.m.Physical Setting/Earth Science
Algebra II/Trigonometry
Friday, June 171:15 p.m.Geometry - Common Core
Tuesday, June 219:15 a.m.Physical Setting/Chemistry
Tuesday, June 211:15 p.m.Physical Setting/Physics

There is a two-day testing period each August, which includes tests in the morning and afternoon on each day.

Limited Exam Scheduling for Students with Disabilities

For students entering their freshmen year in 2011 or before, and have a documented disability, there are alternate Regents Exams called the Regents Competency Tests (RCT). Students with a disability are still required to take the Regents Exams, but if they receive a failing score, they are eligible to take a modified RCT exam to graduate from high school.

Scheduled 2016 dates for RCT subject exams are as follows:

Reading Tuesday, January 26 at 9:15 a.m.
Tuesday, June 21 at 1:15 p.m.
Global Studies Friday, January 29 at 9:15 a.m.
Tuesday, June 21 at 9:15 a.m.
U.S. History & Government Wednesday, January 27 at 9:15 a.m.
Monday, June 20 at 1:15 p.m.
Science Friday, January 29 at 9:15 a.m.
Wednesday, June 22 at 1:15 p.m.
Mathematics Wednesday, January 27 at 1:15 p.m.
Monday, June 20 at 9:15 a.m.
Writing Thursday, January 28 at 1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, June 22 at 9:15 a.m.

Students with a disability who entered high school in 2012 or later will take the standard NYS Regents Exams, but they have two modified scoring options to assist them in receiving a high school diploma.

  • Low Pass Safety Net - With this option, the lowest score required is a 55 on each NYS Regents Exam.
  • Compensatory Safety Net - With this option, students can score 45-54 on the science, social studies, CTE, or LOTE exams, but must score above 64 on another exam to balance the low score. Students are still required to score at least a 55 on the English and math exams.

Preparing for the Exams

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