Prepare for New York State Regents Exams and NYSTP Assessments

Whether your students are in high school, preparing for end-of-course New York State Regents Exams, or in elementary or middle school, they need to be prepared for New York State tests. The good news? With the right practice and preparation, testing time will be just another opportunity for your students to show off everything they’ve learned.
Here’s what you need to know about NY Regents and the rest of the New York State Testing Program (and how to make sure your students are well prepared).

Understanding NY Regents and the Rest of the New York State Testing Program (NYSTP)

Developed and implemented by the New York State Education Department’s Office of State Assessment, the New York State Testing Program (NYSTP) is a system of assessment that evaluates students’ achievement of state learning standards and determines whether or not schools, districts, and the state are meeting the necessary targets.

New York State Regents Exams

NYSTP builds on the legacy of New York State Regents Exams, the first of which was administered in 1866. Today, NY Regents serve as end-of-course exams for high school students. To graduate, students must pass a NY Regents exam in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and an additional Regents exam (or fulfill other graduation requirements).
This year (2021-2022), NY Regents exams will cover the following subjects and be administered on the accompanying dates:
  • U.S. History and Government, June 1, August 17
  • English Language Arts, June 15, August 16
  • Living Environment, June 15, August 17
  • Algebra 1, June 16, August 16
  • Physical Setting/Chemistry, June 16, August 17
  • Global History and Geography II, June 17, August 16
  • Physical Setting/Earth Science, June 17, August 17
  • Geometry, June 21, August 17
  • World Language Assessment, June 21
  • Algebra II, June 22, August 16
  • Physical Setting/Physics, June 23
2023 exam dates for NY Regents will fall in the following ranges:
  • January 24–27, 2023
  • June 14–23, 2023
  • August 15–17, 2023
This June marks the first administration of the NY Regents exam on U.S. History and Government, which was originally scheduled for June 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic. The exam will be given on June 1 in order to provide time for collecting scores across the state and setting standards for the conversion chart, which will be available by June 24, 2022, the Rating Day for June Regents.
All NY Regents exams are delivered online.

NYSTP Elementary and Intermediate Testing

To ensure that students are mastering grade-level content and skills and prepared to move to the next level, New York State administers tests to students in grades 3 through 8. Students are tested on the following subjects:
  • English Language Arts (grades 3–8)
  • Mathematics (grades 3–8)
  • Science (grades 4 and 8)
Students with severe cognitive disabilities are tested on the same subjects and in the same grades, as well as once in secondary school for each subject, using the New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA).
Paper- and computer-based tests are available for most of these exams, however paper-based tests have a shorter testing window. The testing windows for the 2021-2022 school year are as follows:
  • Grades 3–8 ELA (paper-based): March 29–31
  • Grades 3–8 ELA (computer-based): March 29–April 5
  • Grades 3–8 Mathematics (paper-based): April 26–28
  • Grades 3–8 Mathematics (computer-based): April 26–May 4
  • Grade 4 Science Performance Test: May 24–June 3
  • Grade 4 Science Written Test: June 6
  • Grade 8 Science Performance Test: May 24–June 3
  • Grade 8 Science Written Test: June 6
  • NYSAA, all subjects and grades: March 14–June 10
The English language proficiency assessment, New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT), is administered to English language learners as early as kindergarten. This year’s NYSESLAT testing windows are:
  • April 11–May 20, for the speaking test
  • May 9–20, for the listening, reading, and writing portions
The grade 4 science test will be administered for the last time this spring, as the state prepares to transition to a new science test for grade 5 which will measure the new NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards taking effect Spring 2024.

How to Prep Your Students for NY Regents and NYSTP Exams

When tests like NY Regents and NYSTP exams are delivered virtually, they require students to know more than just the subject matter. Students need to know how to navigate the virtual test, how to interact with on-screen features and answer questions in the online environment.
In addition to covering the content that will be tested, you’ll want to ensure that your students have adequate time and practice in a virtual test-taking environment so they’re not caught off-guard on test day.
To make practice time more beneficial, set your students up with the same device they’ll use on test day, whether a laptop, tablet, or desktop computer. Give them the opportunity to become familiar with the device, as well as how virtual test-taking technology functions on its screen. Along with multiple choice questions, virtual tests often involve open-ended questions (which require students to type out a response) or technology-enhanced questions which take advantage of testing software features like drag-and-drop, graph building, and multiple selection.
Give your students ample opportunities to practice in a virtual test-taking environment, and they’ll enter test day with the skills and confidence to face the test — and ace it.

Practice for the NY Regents and NYSTP Exams in Edulastic

To make practicing for NY Regents and other NYSTP exams as easy as possible, Edulastic has already uploaded practice tests and released items to the Edulastic Public Library. With a free account, you can access these practice materials — and more! — and welcome your students into the Edulastic virtual environment for practice sessions that can provide insight on what they need to focus on in preparation for upcoming exams.
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Resources

NYS Regents Practice tests

GRADE 6 2018-2019 MATHEMATICS SPANISH ASSESSMENT
30 questions | NY Regents
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GRADE 8 2018-2019 MATHEMATICS SPANISH ASSESSMENT
35 questions | NY Regents
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GRADE 6 2018-2019 MATHEMATICS ASSESSMENT
30 questions | NY Regents
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GRADE 8 2018-2019 MATHEMATICS
35 questions | NY Regents
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Grade 7 2018-2019 MATHEMATICS
34 questions | NY Regents
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2018 Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test
65 questions | NY Regents
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2NY Regents ALGEBRA I Jan 2020 released items
37 questions | NY Regents
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NY Regents Geometry Jan 2020 released items
35 questions | NY Regents
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NY Regents ALGEBRA II Jan 2020 released items
37 questions | NY Regents
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NY Regents HS ELA Jan 2020 released items
26 questions | NY Regents
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NY Regents HS Chemistry Jan 2020 Released Items
60 questions | NY Regents
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NY Regents HS Earth Science Jan 2020 Released Items
64 questions | NY Regents
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NY Regents HS Living Environment Jan 2020 Released Items
60 questions | NY Regents
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NY Regents Geography II Jan 2020 Released Items
27 questions | NY Regents
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NY Regents Global History and Geography II Jan 2020 Released Items
40 questions | NY Regents
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NY Regents U.S. History and Government Jan 2020 Released Items
59 questions | NY Regents
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