What is the Earth Science Regents?
The Earth Science Regents is typically administered at the completion of a New York State Regents level high school course in Earth Science. The examination is based on the Earth Science Core Curriculum which is based on Standards 1, 2, 4, 6, and 7 of the New York State Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science, and Technology.
When do I take the Earth Science Regents?
Your school will determine when exactly you should take the Earth Science Regents exam. The test is administered January, June and August of each school year.
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How is the Earth Science Regents set up?
THE LABORATORY PERFORMANCE TEST
Since laboratory experience is an essential part of a science course, a portion of the Physical Setting/Earth Science Regents Examination is devoted to assessing laboratory skills. Tasks have been identified from laboratory experiments that you will have performed during the school year. These tasks, which represent skills that are expected to have mastered, change only slightly, if at all, from year to year.
The performance portion of the examination is administered separately from the written portion, normally two weeks earlier. Arrangements for administering the performance exam are made at each school in accordance with guidelines set by the New York State Education Department.
The scoring for each task is based upon accuracy. Values within a certain range are granted the full 2 points allotted to each task. Values within a slightly larger, less precise range earn 1 point. It is possible to accumulate a maximum of 10 points on the performance on the examination.
Additional information regarding the performance test, including an indication of the six tasks to be completed, will be provided by your teacher when this portion of the examination is given. The following is an outline of the six tasks that have been included in past examinations. The time allowed for completing the tasks at each station is 6 minutes.
THE WRITTEN TEST
The written portion of the Earth Science Regents represents 90 points of the total score and has three parts. You should be prepared to answer questions in multiple-choice, constructed response and extended constructed-response formats. Questions will be content and skill based and may require you to graph data, complete a data table, label or draw diagrams, design experiments, make calculations, or write short or extended responses. In addition, you may be required to hypothesize, to interpret, analyze or evaluate data, or to apply scientific knowledge and skills to real world situations.
Part A --Multiple-Choice
A multiple-choice question offers several answers from which you choose the one that best answers the question or completes the statement. Part A of the exam focuses on earth science content and represents 30-40 percent of the examination.
Part B1 --Multiple-Choice
This section of Part B consists of multiple-choice questions as described in Part A. The combined sections of Part B (multiple-choice plus constructed-response) represent 25-35 percent of the examination.
Part B2 --Constructed-Response
In a constructed-response question there is no list of choices from which to choose an answer; rather you are required to provide the answer. Constructed-response questions test skills ranging from constructing graphs or topographical maps to formulating hypotheses, evaluating experimental designs, and drawing conclusions based upon data. The combined sections of Part B represent 25-35 percent of the examination.
Part C --Extended Constructed-Response
These are constructed-response questions that require more time (15-20 minutes per item) and effort on your part to answer. These questions require you to apply your earth science knowledge and skills to real-world problems and applications. Part C represents 15-25 percent of the examination.
Station 1 .. Identification
Using a mineral identification kit and key, the student will determine the characteristics of two mineral samples and identify each sample by name.
Station 2 .. Classification
Using rock identification charts, the student will classify two rock samples as igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic and state the reason for each classification, in one or more complete sentences.
Station 3 .. Angular Measurement
Using a plastic hemisphere that models the apparrent path of the Sun, an external protractor, a ruler, and masking tape, the studetn will locate the position of the Sun at a given time and measure the distance between that position and a fixed point.
Station 4 .. Mass--Density
Using a single-pan, triple-beam decigram balance, a minerl density chart, and a calculator, the student will find the density, determine the mass, and calculate the volume of a given mineral sample.
Station 5 .. Setting Time
Using a column of fluid, three sizes of plastic particles of the same density, a stopwatch , and a calculator, the student will determine the average settling time for each of the three sizes of particles.
Station 6 .. Graphing
Using data obtained from Station 5, the student will construct a line graph of average settling time versus particle diameter and will determine the settling time for another given particle diameter.
What Topics are covered on the Earth Science Regents Exam?
All the questions on the Earth Science Regents exam will test major understandings, skills, and real-world applications drawn from the following 8 subject areas:
1. Size, Shape, and Composition of Earth
3. Rocks and Minerals
4. Weathering, Erosion, Deposition, and Landforms
5. Earthquakes and Plate Tectonics
6. Earth History
7. Meteorology and Climate
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