New York State Regents Examinations (Grades 9-12)

High school students are scheduled for subject-specific Regents examinations upon the completion of certain courses. Regents exams are used to assess mastery of the state learning standards, as well as to determine eligibility for graduation and type diploma received. Students must achieve passing scores on Regents examinations in the following subjects  in order to be considered eligible for a high school diploma:

  • Algebra
  • Biology or Earth Science
  • English Language Arts
  • Global History & Geography and/or US History & Government*

*Students may substitute a passing score on a state-approved Pathway examination in another subject for either the Global or US History examination.  For more information on diploma pathways, please refer to our Graduation Requirements summary.

Additional examinations in mathematics, science, and a foreign language are required for students seeking an Advanced Regents diploma.

Regents examinations are scheduled at the end of each semester,  given in January and June, with make-up exams available in August.  Examination dates and schedules are determined by the State Education Department.  To view the specific examination schedules for upcoming examination periods, select from the following:

Additional information about Regents examinations can be found here: