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Living Environment Regents Exam

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What is the Living Environment Regents?

In June 2001, the Living Environment Regents exam replaced the previous Biology Regents exam. The exam is based on the New York State Core Curriculum for the Living Environment.

When do I take the Living Environment Regents Exam?

Your school will determine when exactly you should take the Living Environment Regents exam, formerly known as the Biology Regents exam. The test is administered January, June and August of each school year.
Click here to see the latest NYS Regents exam schedule.

What is the Format of the Living Environment Regents?

Part A —Multiple-Choice
Consists of 35 multiple-choice questions that test your knowledge of specific factual information. You must answer all questions in Part A. Maximum of 35 credits awarded.

PART B1 —Multiple-Choice
Variable number of questions that may be based on the student's direct knowledge of biology, interpretation of experimental data, analysis of readings in science, and ability to deal with representations of biological phenomena. You will be required to answer all questions in both sections of Part B.
Maximum of 30 credits awarded.

PART B2 —Free-Response and Multiple-Choice
Variable number of questions that may be based on the student's direct knowledge of biology, interpretation of experimental data, analysis of readings in science, and ability to deal with representations of biological phenomena. You will be required to answer all questions in both sections of Part B.
Maximum of 30 credits awarded.

Part C —Free-Response
Variable number of questions that may be based on the student's direct knowledge of biology, interpretation of experimental data, analysis of readings in science, and ability to deal with representations of biological phenomena. You will be required to answer all questions in Part C.
Maximum of 20 credits awarded.

Part D —Free-Response and Multiple-Choice
Variable number of questions that will assess the student's knowledge of and skills on any of the four required laboratory experiences supplied to schools by the NYS Education Dept. You will be required to answer all questions in Part D.
Maximum of 13 credits awarded.

What topics are covered on the Living Environment Regents Exam?

Unit 1 - Unity and Diversity among living things

    1. Concept of Life
    2. Diversity of Life
    3. Unity of Life


Unit 2 - Maintenance in living things

    1. Nutrition
    2. Transport
    3. Respiration
    4. Excretion
    5. Regulation
    6. Locomotion


Unit 3 - Human Physiology

    1. Nutrition
    2. Transport
    3. Respiration
    4. Excretion
    5. Regulation
    6. Locomotion


Unit 4 - Reproduction and Development

    1. Asexual reproduction
    2. Sexual reproduction


Unit 5 - Transmission of traits from generation to generation

    1. Foundations of Genetics
    2. Some major genetic concepts
    3. Mutations
    4. Applications of Genetic theory
    5. Interaction of heredity and environment
    6. Human heredity
    7. Modern genetics


Unit 6 - Evolution

    1. Evolution
    2. Evolution theory
    3. Heterotroph hypothesis


Unit 7 - Ecology

    1. Ecology
    2. Ecological Organization
    3. Ecosystems
    4. Biosphere and humans

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