Frequently asked questions about the
Integrated Algebra Regents Exam



What is the Integrated Algebra Regents?

According to the State Education Department, the specifications for the Regents Examination in Integrated Algebra are as follows:

"The questions on the Regents Examination in Integrated Algebra will assess both the content and the process strands of New York State Mathematics Standard 3. Each question will be aligned to one content performance indicator but will also be aligned to one or more process performance indicators, as appropriate for the concepts embodied in the task. As a result of the alignment to both content and process strands, the examination will assess students’ conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and problem-solving abilities rather than assessing knowledge of isolated skills and facts."

When do I take the Integrated Algebra Regents Exam?

The Integrated Algebra Regents exam will be administered for the last time in January 2015 and will be replaced by Algebra I Common Core which was givien for the first time last June.

Click here to see the latest NYS Regents exam schedule. 

How is the Integrated Algebra Regents Exam set up?

The Integrated Algebra Regents exam is a 3-hour long exam that consists of four parts with a total of 39 questions. The accompanying table shows the point breakdown of the test.

Part Number of Questions Point Value Total Points
I 30 multiple choice 2-credit 30 x 2 = 60
II 3 open ended 2-credit 3 x 2 = 6
III 3 open ended 3-credit 3 x 3 = 9
IV 3 open ended 4-credit 3 x 4 = 12
   Test = 39 Questions Test = 87 Points  
  • Part I consists of 30 standard multiple-choice questions with four possible answers labeled (1), (2), (3), and (4).
  • Parts II, III, and IV each contain three questions. 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 your answer by indicating the necessary steps involved, including appropriate formula substitutions, diagrams, graphs, charts and so forth. If you use a guess-and-check strategy to arrive at an 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 Integrated Algebra 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 Integrated Algebra Regents score determined?

Your answers to the 30 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 Integrated Algebra Regents exam is 87 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 Integrated Algebra 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 Integrated Algebra 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 Integrated Algebra 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 Integrated Algebra Regents examination. The Core Curriculum for Integrated Algebra includes most of the topics previously included in Math A except for some aspects of geometry, locus, geometric constructions, and combinations. Integrated Algebra also includes an introduction to sets, functions, lines of best fit, and exponential growth and decay.

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