Frequently asked questions about the
Geometry (Common Core) Regents Exam



When do I take the Geometry (Common Core) Regents Exam?

The New York State Geometry curriculum is currently transitioning into a course based exclusively on Common Core standards. The new Regents exam in Geometry will reflect the new course and will be administered starting in June 2015 (along with the traditional Geometry Regents) and is scheduled to be in place exclusively by June 2016.

How is the Geometry (Common Core) Regents Exam set up?

the Geometry (Common Core) Regents exam is a 3-hour long exam that consists of four parts with a total of 36 questions. The accompanying table shows the point breakdown of the test.

Part Number of Questions Point Value Total Points
I 24 multiple choice 2 48
II 7 constructed-response 2 14
III 3 constructed-response 4 12
IV 2 constructed-response 6 12
???Test = 36 Questions Test = 86 Points??
  • Part I consists of 24 multiple-choice questions worth 2 points each.
  • Part II consists of 7 constructed-response questions worth 2 points each, and part III consists of 2 constructed-response questions worth 4 points each.
  • Part IV consists of 2 constructed-response questions worth 6 points each. One part IV question will either involve a multiple-step proof or ask you to develop an extended logical argument. The second question will require you to use modeling to solve a real-world problem.
  • All questions in each of the four parts of the test must be answered.

Scrap Paper and Graph Paper

You are not allowed to bring your own scrap paper or graph paper into the exam. The exam booklet contains one page of scrap paper and one page of graph paper. These are perforated and can be removed from the booklet to make working with them easier. Any work you put on these sheets is not graded. If you want a grader to consider any work there, you must copy it into the appropriate space in the booklet.

Calculator, Compass, Straightedge, Pen, & Pencil

Graphing calculators are required for the Geometry Common Core exam, and schools must provide one to any students who don?t have their own. You may bring your own calculator if you own one, and many students feel more comfortable using their own familiar calculator. Be aware, though, that test administrators may clear the memory and any stored programs you might have saved on your calculator before the exam begins.

A good working knowledge of the graphing calculator will let you apply more than one method to solving a problem. Some calculator techniques worth knowing are:

  • Using the graph and intersect feature to solve linear and quadratic equations
  • Using tables to find patterns or to quickly apply trial and error to solve a problem
  • Finding the square root and cube root of a number
  • Using the trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions

You will also be provided with a compass and straightedge if you do not have your own. Bringing your own compass is highly recommended, since the compasses provided by your school are of unknown quality. Also, it will be less stressful on test day to work with a compass that you are familiar with.

You are responsible for bringing your own pen and pencil to the exam. All work must be done in blue or black pen, with the exception of graphs and diagrams which may be done in pencil.

How is your Geometry (Common Core) Regents score determined?

Your answers to the 24 multiple-choice questions in Part 1 are scored as either correct or incorrect.

Solutions to questions in Part II, III, and IV that are not completed correctly may receive partial credit according to a special scoring provided by the New York State Department of Education.

The maximum total raw score for the Geometry (Common Core) Regents exam is 86 points. After the raw score for the four parts of the test are added together, a conversion table provided by the New York State Education department is used to convert the raw score to a final test score that falls within the usual 0 to 100 scale.

Are Any Formulas Provided?

The Geometry (Common Core) Regents Examination test booklet will include a reference sheet containing the formulas. This formula sheet, however, does not necessarily include all of the formulas that you are expected to know.

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