When do I take the Algebra II Common Core Regents Exam?
The first administration of the Algebra II Common Core Regents exam was in June 2016, after which it will be administered in January and June of every school year. Most students will take this exam after completing a one-year high school level Algebra II Common Core course.
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How is the Algebra II Common Core Regents Exam set up?
The Algebra II Common Core Regents exam is divided into four parts with a total of 37 questions. All of the questions in each of the four parts must be answered. You will be allowed a maximum of 3 hours in which to complete the test.
Part |
Number of Questions |
Point Value |
Total Points |
I |
24 multiple choice |
2-credit |
27 x 2 = 54 |
II |
8 open ended |
2-credit |
8 x 2 = 16 |
III |
3 open ended |
4-credit |
3 x 4 = 12 |
IV |
1 open ended |
6-credit |
1 x 6 = 6 |
Test = 37 Questions |
Test = 86 Points |
- Part I consists of 24 standard multiple-choice questions with four possible answers labeled (1), (2), (3), and (4). Some multiple-choice questions require students to complete multiple steps.
- Parts II, III, and IV contain eight, three, and one question(s), respectively. The answers and the accompanying work for the questions in these three parts must be written directly in the question booklet.
- 2-credit constructed-response questions require students to complete a task and show their work. Like multiple-choice questions, 2-credit constructed-response questions may involve multiple steps, the
application of multiple mathematics skills, and real-world applications. These questions may ask students to explain or justify their solutions and/or show their process of problem solving.
- 4-credit and 6-credit constructed-response questions require students to show their work in completing more extensive problems that may involve multiple tasks and concepts. Students will be asked to make
sense of mathematical and real-world problems in order to demonstrate procedural and conceptual understanding. For 6-credit constructed-response questions, students will analyze, interpret, and/or create
mathematical models of real-world situations to solve multi-step problems that connect multiple major clusters or a major cluster to supporting or additional content.
- All questions in each of the four parts of the test must be answered.
Where do I show my answers and work?
- Since scrap paper is not provided or permitted for any part of the exam, you must use the blank spaces in the question booklet as scrap paper.
- After you figure out the answer to each multiple choice question in Part I, you must write the numeral that precedes the correct choice in the space provided on the separate tear-off answer sheet for Part I found at the back of the question booklet.
- The answers and the work for the questions in Parts II, III and IV must be written directly in the question booklet in the space provided underneath the questions. All work should be written in pen except the graphs which should be drawn in pencil.
- If you need graph paper, it will be provided in the question booklet.
What Type of Calculator Do I Need?
Each student must have the exclusive use of a Graphing Calculator for the full duration of the Regents Examination in Algebra II (Common Core). Schools are required to make a graphing calculator (and ruler) available for the exclusive use of each student.
No student may use a calculator that is capable of symbol manipulation or that can communicate with other calculators through infrared sensors, nor may a student use operating manuals, instruction or formula cards, or other information concerning the operation
of calculators during the test.
How is your Algebra II Common Core Regents score determined?
Your answers to the 24 multiple-choice questions in Part I are scored as either correct or incorrect. Each correct answer receives 2 points. The eight questions in Part II are worth 2 points each, the three questions in Part II are worth 4 points each, and the
question in Part IV is worth 6 points. Solutions to the questions in Parts II, III, and IV that are not completely correct receive partial credit according to a special scoring guide provided by the New York State Education Department.
The maximum total raw score for the Algebra II Common Core Regents exam is 86 points. A conversion table provided by the New York State Education Department is used to convert your raw score to a final test score that falls within the usual 0 to 100 scale.
Are Any Formulas Provided?
The Algebra II 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.
What topics are covered on the Algebra II Common Core Regents?
The Core Curriculum is the official publication by the New York State Education Department that describes the topics and skills that are required by the Algebra II Common Core Regents examination. This examination can test you on a wide range of topics, which include:
Conceptual Category |
Percent of Test By Credit |
Domains in Algebra II |
Number & Quantity |
5% - 12% |
The Real Number System (N-RN)
Quantities (N-Q)
The Complex Number System (N-CN) |
Algebra |
35% - 44% |
Seeing Structure in Expressions (A-SSE)
Arithmetic with Polynomials and Rational Expressions (A-APR)
Creating Equations (A-CED)
Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities (A-REI)
Expressing Geometric Properties with Equations (G-GPE)* |
Functions |
30% - 40% |
Interpreting Functions (F-IF)
Building Functions (F-BF)
Linear, Quadratic, and Exponential Models (F-LE)
Trigonometric Functions (F-TF) |
Statistics & Probability |
14% - 21% |
Interpreting Categorical and Quantitative Data (S-ID)
Making Inferences and Justifying Conclusions (S-IC)
Conditional Probability and the Rules of Probability (S-CP) |
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