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How to Pass Algebra Regents Exam (New York State Common-Core)


How to pass the Algebra Regents Exam comes down to simply – math (of course, it’s Algebra).

The test consists of 24 multiple choice questions and 13 open-ended questions. Here’s the amazing part, it’s possible to pass Algebra I Regents Exam by only answering the multiple choice questions and getting less than 65% of them correct. Of course, students should take the entire test, but based on previous Algebra I Regents it is possible to pass the exam by only answering 63% of the multiple choice questions correctly and not even answering the open-ended questions.

From when the Common-Core Algebra I Regents was first administered to today, the average raw score needed to get a 65 is 28.7. Each multiple choice questions is worth 2 points, so a student only needed to answer 15 multiple choice answers correctly to get a 65.

Actually, the last five Algebra I Regents exams only required a raw score of 27 to get a 65, so only 14 correct multiple choice questions were necessary to pass.

Disclaimer: The scoring can change from test to test, so the required number of correct answers is subject to change.

Number of Correct Multiple Choice Questions to Get a 65
(If 0% Correct Open-Ended Questions)

Regents Date # of Correct M.C.
August 2017 14 out of 24
June 2017 14 out of 24
January 2017 14 out of 24
August 2016 14 out of 24
June 2016 14 out of 24
January 2016 15 out of 24
August 2015 15 out of 24
June 2015 15 out of 24
January 2015 15 out of 24
August 2014 16 out of 24
June 2014 15 out of 24

Less Than 65% to get a 65

In order to get a 65 on the Algebra I Regents Exam, a student only needed to answer approximately 63% of the multiple choice questions correctly. On average only 15 multiple choice questions needed to be answered correctly to pass, and 15 out of 24 multiple choice questions is only 62.5%. Plus if the student got any points from the open-ended questions, then the number of correct multiple choice questions needed is decreased.

If a student wants to pass Algebra I Regents Exam, the student should focus on answering as many multiple choice questions as correctly as possible. The questions differ from year to year, but the types of questions repeat. Practicing the Part I, multiple choice, questions is the best way to efficiently prepare to pass the exam if a student has limited time. Plus, topics and questions reviewed for the multiple choice questions will carry over to the open-ended questions.

The fact that only 15 questions were needed to be answered correctly to pass the Algebra Regents doesn’t mean the test should be taken lightly. Students still need to be prepared for the test in order to pass. The questions are difficult for many students.

To pass, a student has to study and practice, practice, practice. A student should take a practice test and identify his or her strengths and weaknesses and work on those topics.

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