Last Minute Regents Prep: Algebra

ny-regents-mathLast minute NY Regents Prep: Algebra Exam Stuff to Know!!

.So how is the Integrated Algebra Regents exam graded?

Luckily, there’s not really any funny grading to this. There are four parts. The incorrect answers aren’t counted against you so DON’T leave a question blank. The first section is a 30 question multiple choice section. The most you can get is 30 right. If you get one wrong, you get a 29.

So if you absolutely don’t know the answer, you’ve got a better chance guessing than you do if you leave it blank.

This multiple choice section is worth 2 credits per answer. So if you get 29 right, you get 58 credits.
The next three parts are open-ended questions. Make sure that you try your best answering these questions because you can get partial credit. So don’t fail to write what you know. If you leave it blank, there will be no partial credit.


To maximize your chances of getting partial credit, don’t leave assumptions in your head. Explain how you would come up with the answer. Show the steps you would take to solve the problem. Make sure you include formulas, diagrams, graphs, charts. . . whatever you would use to solve the problem. The entire goal here for the grader is to know whether you grasp the concept or not.

If you’re going to guess because you’re not sure, then make sure to guess three different ways and show your work.

Here’s the Regents Prep Exam breakdown:

    Part Number of Questions Point Value Total Points
  • 30 multiple choice 2-credit 30 x 2 = 60
  • 3 open ended 2-credit 3 x 2 =6
  • 3 open ended 3-credit 3 x 3 = 9
  • 3 open ended 4-credit 3 x 4 = 12
  • Test = 39 Questions Test = 87 Points

What do you need on Regents Prep Algebra Test Day?

Scrap paper? No, scrap paper isn’t allowed. The whole idea of the test is to show the State you know how to answer the questions. So you have to write all your thoughts in the blank spaces of the test booklet.

Bring a pen and a pencil. You’ve got to write you answers in pen, but if they require graphs you need to use pencil. If they do require graphs, the graph paper will be provided.

You’re going to need a graphing calculator for the Integrated Algebra Regents examination. But the school is supposed to have one for each student. Knowing how to use the calculator will certainly help you check the answer. But don’t forget to use the graph paper, if provided, to show how you got the answer.

Formulas? The test booklet that you get with the Regents Algebra exam will have a reference sheet with formulas. But that doesn’t mean all of them will be there. So study.


  1. C. McPheeters says:

    I really could have used this way back when. I STILL have terrible math anxiety & bailed on my first algebra Regents in June of 1977. :) Took the make-up in January of 1978 with the mental reassurance that the January Regents were always “easier” so it would be no problem and I would be “ok”. And of course either it WAS easier, or by then I had a better grasp on the materials and managed to slide through with a passing grade… (just passing mind you).
    Great site though, I’m sure it’s of enormous help to LOTS of people!

  2. OMGG tomorrow I take Algebra Common Core Regents! I’m in the 8th grade, and I’m taking it a year below the standards (you’re really supposed to take it in 9th+). I have never been so scared & worried for a test in my entire life! :( Wish me luck<3

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