Frequently asked questions about the
Geometry Regents Exam



When do I take the Geometry Regents Exam?

The Geometry Regents is administered in January, June, and August of every school year. Most students will take this exam after successfully completing a 1-year high-school-level geometry course.
The last administration of the current format is planned for January 2016. Click here to see the latest NYS Regents exam schedule.

How is the Geometry Regents Exam set up?

The Geometry Regents exam is divided into four parts with a total of 38 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.


Number of Questions

Point Value

Total Points


28 multiple choice


28 x 2 = 56


6 open ended


6 x 2 = 12


3 open ended


3 x 4 = 12


open ended


1 x 6 = 6

   Test = 38 Questions

Test = 86 Points  

  • Part I consists of 28 standard multiple-choice questions with four possible answers labeled (1), (2), (3), and (4).
  • Parts II, III, and IV contain six, 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. You must show or explain how you arrived at each answer by indicating the necessary steps, including appropriate formula substitutions, diagrams, graphs, and charts. If you use a guess-and-check strategy to arrive at a numerical answer for a problem, you must indicate your method and show the work for at least three guesses.
  • 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?

Graphing calculators are required for the Geometry Regents examination. During the administration of the Regents exam, schools are required to make a graphing calculator available for the exclusive use of each student. You will need to use your calculator to work with trigonometric functions of angles, evaluate roots, and perform routine calculations. Knowing how to use a graphing calculator gives you an advantage when deciding how to solve a problem. Rather than solving a problem algebraically with pen and paper, it may be easier to solve the same problem using a graph or table created by a graphing calculator. A graphical or numerical solution using a calculator can also be used to help confirm an answer obtained using standard algebraic methods.

How is your Geometry Regents score determined?

Your answers to the 28 multiple-choice in Part I are scored as either correct or incorrect. There is no penalty for guessing.
Solutions to questions in Part II, III, and IV that are not completed correctly may receive partial credit according to a special scoring guide provided by the New York State Education Department.
The maximum total raw score for the Geometry 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.

What is collected at the end of the Geometry Regents exam?

  • Any tool provided to you by your school such as a graphing calculator.
  • The question booklet with your name and your school's name near the top of the first page.
  • The signed Part I answer sheet confirming you did not receive unlawful assistance. If you fail to sign this declaration, your answer paper will not be accepted.

Are Any Formulas Provided?

The Geometry 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 Geometry 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 Geometry Regents examination. The Core Curriculum for Geometry includes most of the topics previously included in the geometry units for Math A and Math B. It also includes some additional geometry topics such as midpoint and concurrency theorems, similarity theorems, logical connectives, and aspects of solid geometry including parallel and perpendicular planes.

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