What are the NYS Regents Exams?

Instructor: Laura Melega
The New York State (NYS) Regents Exams are a set of required tests administered to students in the state of New York, which allow them to receive a high school diploma after passing. Learn more about the subjects covered on the Regents, minimum passing scores, and how to fully prepare to do your best on test day.

Facts about the New York State Regents Exams

There are about 10 different NYS Regents Exams overall. Five need to be taken and passed in order to graduate from high school in the state of New York.

The Q&A below includes key information every student should know prior to taking the NYS Regents Exams:

What subjects are tested on the NYS Regents Exams? Required subjects are English, mathematics, science, and social studies.
A fifth Regents exam can consist of:
*One additional exam from English, mathematics, science, and social studies
*One Career and Technical Education (CTE) exam
*One non-English language (French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Spanish)
What is the minimum passing score on a Regents exam?65 is the minimum passing score for each exam.
However, students with a documented disability can be eligible to pass with a lower score.
When are the NYS Regents Exams given?The exams are given each year during January, June, and August. All of the exams are available during January and June, but only some can be taken in August.
Do students take all of their NYS Regents exams when they are seniors in high school? No. Students can take the Regents anytime during their high school career after they have completed the needed coursework.
What are specific Regents test subjects?English
*Comprehensive English
*English Language Arts - Common Core
*Algebra I - Common Core
*Geometry - Common Core
*Algebra II/Trigonometry
*Living Environment
*Physical Setting/Physics
*Physical Setting/Earth Science
*Physical Setting/Chemistry
Social Studies
*Global History and Geography
*United States History and Government

Earned Distinctions on NYS Regents Exams

Students are eligible to earn distinctions on their diplomas on the NYS Regents Exams by meeting specific testing mandates:

NYS Regents with Honors

A student can obtain an NYS Regents diploma with honors by having an average score of 90 across the exams.

NYS Regents with Advanced Designation

To acquire an advanced designation with your diploma, students need to pass additional tests with a 65 or higher. Students can choose one of four different exam groupings that each contain a total of eight exams.

By getting an 85 or higher on either three math exams or three science exams, students can also have Mastery in Math or Mastery in Science added to their Regents with Advanced Designation diploma.

Preparing for the Exams

Be ready to do your best on the NYS Regents Exams by using these comprehensive review courses found on

English*Comprehensive English
*Earth Science
*Living Environment
Social Studies*Global History and Geography
*U.S. History and Government gives students the flexibility of studying whenever it is convenient for them and does not require anyone to sign up for a specific time to access the review courses. The courses feature an abundance of engaging video lessons, tests and quizzes that can be completed at any time.

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.