The NYS Geometry Regents High School Examination is based on the Geometry Common-Core Curriculum administered in New York and is intended to measure a student’s proficiency in Geometry. When the test is administered, each student taking the test receives the same test. The test is curved based on the performance of all students on each individual test, so a student’s grade should not be impacted by having a more difficult test than a previously administered test. The Common Core version of the Geometry Regents was first administered June 2, 2015.
Format of the Test
The test is three hours long and comprises four parts, which can be taken in any order.
- Part I – Multiple Choice: 24 multiple choice questions worth 2 points each. No partial credit is given.
- Part II – Open-Ended: 7 short answer questions worth 2 points each. Partial credit is given.
- Part III – Open-Ended: 3 open-ended questions worth 4 points each. Each question may have more than one part. Partial credit is given.
- Part IV – Open-Ended: 2 question worth 6 points each. These questions almost always has multiple parts to it. Partial credit is given.
How to Prepare for the Geometry Regents
There’s a lot that students can do to prepare for the test. The first thing a student should do is take a practice test and see how she does. A good diagnostic test will let a student know what her strengths and weaknesses are. Sometimes students are surprised to find that topics they thought they were strong in, they are now weak in. This is because material covered in the beginning of the year or even more recent material is easily forgotten by many students. A reference sheet with conversions and formulas is provided, but it is not all inclusive of all the formulas necessary. Students should be familiar with how to use the formulas before taking the test.
Students who may not have done well during the school year can still do well on the test. Based on previous tests, many of the question types repeat. A student can study the topics that appear on the test most often and prepare for test.
Using a Calculator During the Test
It is important to note that calculators are permitted during the test. When preparing, a student use the calculator that she plans on using during the test, so she is familiar with it. Many answers to the test can be easily found with the use of a graphing calculator. However, students shouldn’t expect to be able to answer all of the questions with a calculator. For example, there are questions which will ask students to interpret the meaning of specific mathematical terms in a given function or to write their own functions based on given information. On the day of the test, students may be asked to clear the memory from their calculators, so they cannot store information or formulas.
Previous Geometry Regents Exams
All of the Geometry Regents that have been administered since June 2, 2015 can be found here: http://www.nysedregents.org/geometryre/, along with the answer keys and charts to convert the raw score to a scaled score.