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What are the NYS Regents Exams Requirements?

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
Students in the state of New York must pass several Regents exams in order to graduate from high school. Read on to learn about these tests, what is required to pass them, and the types of diplomas awarded based on Regents exam performance.

Regents Exam Requirements in New York State

Students must score 65 or higher on a minimum of five Regents exams to earn a Regents Diploma, which is a high school graduation requirement in New York. Regents exams are standardized tests that measure a test-taker's knowledge in several key subject areas: English, math, global history, U.S. history, science, and foreign languages.

Overview of Typical Regents Diplomas

Diploma Type Exams Required Honors Designation Requirement
Regents Diploma 5 Average score of 90 on all exams
Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation 8 Average score of 90 on all exams

Additional Requirements

Along with passing Regents exams, students must earn 22 credits for high school courses in English, social studies, science, math, foreign language, arts, physical education, health, and electives in order to receive a Regents diploma and graduate from high school.

Preparing for Regents Exams

While Regents exams are designed to test what students have already learned in high school, studying for the exams may help test-takers focus on specific subject matter and understand what types of questions they will be asked. To prep for Regents exams, students may utilize books or e-books that outline exam content, or review exams previously given via the New York State Education Department's Office of Assessment website (nysedregents.org).

Online courses are also available to help students refresh and assess their knowledge at their own pace. Study.com, for example, offers video lessons and self-evaluation quizzes in several online Regents prep courses, including:

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