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Beginning in June 2019, two versions of the Global History and Geography Regents will be offered: the current "Transition Exam in Global History and Geography," which will be offered through June 2020, and the "Global History and Geography II" Regents, which will be offered simultaneously with the "Transition Exam" through June 2020 and will become the sole version of this exam beginning in August 2020.

The Global History and Geography II Regents will be based on the skills, practices, and content that are outlined in the "New York State K–12 Social Studies Framework," which can be found at https://www.engageny.org/resource/new-york-state-k-12-social-studies-framework. This is exam will test your knowledge of major world events, key nations, and noteworthy individuals from 1750 to the present. In addition, this exam will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate the "social studies practices," including gathering, using, and interpreting evidence; applying chronological reasoning and causation; comparing and contextualizing; using geographic reasoning; demonstrating a knowledge of economics and economic systems; and understanding civic participation.

Your school will determine when exactly you should take the Global History and Geography II Regents. The exam will be administered in January, June, and August of every year, beginning in June 2019. Note: Some school districts have chosen to administer the "Transition Exam in Global History and Geography" through June 2020. Please check with your school district for more information on which version of the exam you will be taking if you are taking it in June 2020 or sooner.

The Global History and Geography II Regents is a three-hour test that is broken down into three parts:

Part I: 28 stimulus-based, multiple-choice questions based on maps, charts, graphs, or political cartoons. (Note: All stimulus-based multiple-choice questions will have four answer choices.)

Part II: Two sets of stimulus-based, short-answer constructed-response questions (CRQs)

  • 1 cause/effect set
  • 1 similarities/differences set OR 1 turning point set

Part III: 1 extended “Enduring Issues” essay based on a set of five documents

The weight of each part is as follows:

Part Question/Item Type Number of Questions/Items Approximate Percentage
I Stimulus-Based Multiple-Choice Questions 28 54%
II Stimulus-Based, Short-Answer Constructed-Response Questions (CRQs) 2 sets 17%
III A Extended "Enduring Issues" Essay 6–9 29%