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Examination Requirements

Students must achieve a score of 65 or higher on these five exams to earn a Regents diploma.

  • English Language Arts (ELA)

  • Any math exam (Algebra I, Geometry, or Algebra II/Trigonometry)

  • Any social studies exam (Global History and Geography or U.S. History and Government)

  • Any science exam (Living Environment, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics)

  • Any additional Regents exam, or another option approved by the State

Credit Requirements

Students need 44 credits in these subject areas to earn a Regents diploma.

  • 8 credits in core English

  • 8 credits in social studies, including:

    • 4 credits in Global History

    • 2 credits in U.S. History

    • 1 credit in Participation in Government

    • 1 credit in Economics

  • 6 credits in math, including:

    • At least 2 credits in advanced math (for example, Geometry or Algebra II)

  • 6 credits in science, including:

    • 2 credits in any life science

    • 2 credits in any physical science

    • 2 credits in any life science or physical science

  • 2 credits in World Languages

  • 4 credits in physical education, every year in specific ways

  • 1 credit in health education

  • 2 credits in arts education, including visual arts, music, dance, and theater

  • 7 credits in electives



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