Grading Policy

Graduation Requirements

Standard Requirements (Regents Diploma) Additional Requirements (Advanced Regents Diploma)
English (8 Credits)

Foreign Language
(4 additional credits)


CTE coursework 
CFM (1 Credit)

Global History (4 Credits)
U.S. History (2 Credits)
Government (1 Credit)
Economics (1 Credit)
Life Sciences (2 Credits)
Physical Sciences (2 Credits)
Additional Life/Physical Sciences (2 Credits)
Mathematics (6 Credits)
Art (2 Credits)
Foreign Language (2 Credits)
Physical Education (4 Credits)
Health (1 Credit)
Electives (7 Credits)


Core Regents Exams (5) Advanced Regents Exams (8 + CTE Exam)

History: Global History OR U.S. History
Math: Algebra CC, Geometry CC, OR Algebra II CC
Science: Living Environment, Earth Science, Chemistry or Physics
Plus 1 Option: CTE, 2nd Math or Science or Social Studies

Math: Algebra CC, Geometry CC, AND Algebra II CC
History: Global History AND U.S. History
Science - Any two: Living Environment, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics
CTE Exam

Regents Exams

Regents exams measure student achievement in high school-level courses. In order to graduate from high school, students must pass five Regents exams in the following subject areas: English Language Arts, a math, a science, social studies, and any additional Regents exam or another option approved by the State. Student may also earn an Advanced Regents diploma if they pass certain additional Regents exams in math and science, as well as any NYC Language Other Than English exam.

NY State offers Regents exams in the following subject areas:

  • English Language Arts
  • Math
    • Algebra I
    • Algebra II/Trigonometry
    • Geometry
  • Science
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Science
    • Living Environment
    • Physics
  • Social Studies
    • Global History and Geography
    • U.S. History

Who takes this test?
Students have the opportunity to take Regents Exams in grades 9-12 and, when appropriate, in grade eight. Students may also take Regents exams after leaving high school to earn a diploma.

When is this test given?
The Regents exams are given three times a year: in January, June, and August. For a list of upcoming dates, visit NY State Education Department's Regents page. Not all subject exams are offered during each test date.

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. No student’s exam is scored by a teacher from the student’s school. This scoring follows NY State Education Department and DOE 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.