Frequently asked questions about the Transitional
Global History & Geography Regents Exam



What is the Transitional Global History and Geography Regents?

Beginning in June 2018, this exam will be referred to as the "Transition Exam in Global History and Geography" because it will follow a similar format to the one used for previous administrations of this test, but there will be fewer multiple-choice questions as well as a significant change in the content that is tested. The exam that you will take will test your knowledge of all major world events, key nations, and noteworthy individuals from 1750 to the present and your understanding of how the events that take place in one country often affect several other countries around the world. You will be expected to recall information about significant moments in global history in order to answer multiple-choice questions; analyze passages, maps, and political cartoons; write a thematic essay based on a central theme and prompt; respond to several document-based questions; and write a document-based essay that addresses a given task.

When do I take the Transitional Global History and Geography Regents exam?

The Transition Exam for Global History and Geography Regents exam iwill be given on June 5, 2018.
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How is the Transitional Global History and Geography Regents exam set up?

The Transitional Global History and Geography Regents exam is a three-hour test that contains questions on topics, concepts, skills, and themes from 1750 to the present. Each examination will include:
Part I - 30 standard multiple-choice questions with four answer choices. A separate answer sheet for Part I is provided and should be located at the back of the question booklet.
Part II - One thematic essay question. This essay must be well organized, include an introduction, several paragraphs addressing a given task, and a conclusion.
Part III A - Eight short answer questions, each accompanied by a document. You are required to answer all of the questions using the information supplied in the matching document.
Part III B - Document Based Essay. You are required to write a well-organized essay that includes an introduction, several paragraphs addressing a given task, and a conclusion, using evidence from at least four of the accompanying documents to support your response.

What do I need to bring to the test?

Not many materials or tools are needed for the Global History and Geography Regents exam. You should have at least two blue or black ink pens to write your answers.

How is the Global History and Geography Regents exam scored?

Both the thematic essay and document-based question essay are accompanied by a scoring rubric that explains how each will be graded. The weight of each part is as follows:

  Question/Item Type   Number of Questions/Items   Percentage of Total Exam


Multiple-Choice Questions




Thematic Essay 1



Document-Based Questions 6-9



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