In New York State, Regents Examinations are statewide standardized examinations in core high school subjects required for a Regents Diploma. All students are required to take the Regents Examinations in order to graduate high school. To graduate, students are required to have earned appropriate credits in a number of specific subjects by passing year-long courses, after which they must pass Regents examinations in some of the subject areas. For higher achieving students, a Regents with Advanced designation and an Honor designation are also offered.


The following New York State Regents Exams are administered:

  • Social Studies
    • Global History and Geography
    • United States History and Government
  • English Language Arts: 
    • Comprehensive English
    • RE in English Language Arts (Common Core)
  • Mathematics
    • Integrated Algebra
    • RE in Algebra 1 (Common Core)
    • Geometry
    • Algebra 2 and Trigonometry
  • Science
    • Earth Science/The Physical Setting
    • Biology/The Living Environment
    • Chemistry/The Physical Setting
    • Physics/The Physical Setting

Regents Diploma exam

requirements:
 
Passing the following regents exams with a score of 65 or better is required for a Regents Diploma:



1) 
Global History and Geography;

2) U.S. History and Government;

3) Comprehensive English;

4) Any one math exam (usually Integrated Algebra);

5) Any one science exam (usually Earth Science or Living Environment/Biology).
Regents Diploma with

Advanced Designation exam

requirements:
 
Passing the following Regents exams with a score of 65 or better
is required for a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation:


1) Global History and Geography;

2) U.S History and Government;

3) Comprehensive English;

4) All three mathematics exams;

5) Two science exams (one physical and one life science);

6) Language other than English
Additional honors

designations: 
The New York State Board of Regents offers the following honors to students with exemplary academic performance:


1) A student who earns an average score of 90 or higher (without rounding) on required exams is eligible for a Regents Diploma with Honors or a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation with Honors.

2) A student who earns scores of 85 or higher on all of the required mathematics Regents Examinations is eligible for an annotation on their diploma that states that the student has mastery in mathematics.

3) A student who earns scores of 85 or higher on at least three science Regents Examinations is eligible for an annotation on their diploma that states that the student has mastery in science.