NY State High School Regents Exams

Who takes the test?

New for school year 2020-21: In a typical year, Regents exams are administered in June and August in 10 subject areas. This June, only 4 Regents subject exams will be in administered:

  • Algebra I
  • English Language Arts
  • Living Environment
  • Earth Science

These exams will be administered in person. There will be no additional Regents administration scheduled for August. Certain students are eligible for Regents exam waivers, which count as a passing score for that exam for graduation. Waivers are available for all Regents exams subjects, including the 4 exams being administered in person.

Regents Waiver Eligibility: If a student is eligible for a Regents waiver, they can use this waiver toward graduation requirements and are not required to pass that Regents exam. To be eligible for a Regents exam waiver in June or August 2021, students must pass the course sequence leading up to that Regents exam. Students may wish to take the Regents exam if they are not on track toward passing all of the necessary courses by June.

Waivers are available for all 10 Regents exam subject areas. Students should contact their guidance counselor or a school administrator for more information on whether they are eligible to receive a Regents waiver. You can also review a student’s progress toward graduation in their NYC Schools Account by visiting the NYCSA page.

When are the Regents exams?

The exams will be administered within the following dates: 

  • English Language Arts – Thursday, June 17 
  • Living Environment – Tuesday, June 22 
  • Algebra I – Wednesday, June 23 
  • Earth Science – Thursday, June 24 

What is on the test?

The content will vary by exam subject. All exams have multiple choice and open-ended questions.

How is the test scored?

The Regents exams are scored by licensed and trained New York City teachers, and follows NY State Education Department policies on scoring of State exams.

How are the results reported?

You can see Regents exam results on the student's high school transcript and in their NYC Schools Account. Schools have the option to display all of the student’s Regents exam scores or just the highest score earned in each exam subject.

How are the results used?

Results are used for student high school graduation requirements, school quality reports, and teacher development and evaluation.

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