Regents Prep: Global History & Geography:
Exam Overview

 
 Format of the Exam

The Global History and Geography Regents Examination is a standardized assessment given to students enrolled in New York State schools, in June, August, and January.

Generally given at the end of tenth grade, this test is the culmination of two years of study in global history and geography. The test consists of 50 multiple choice questions, one thematic essay, and one document-based question (DBQ). Part A of the DBQ contains several short answer questions based on specific documents. Part B of the DBQ consists of an essay that requires students to analyze the documents from Part A.

Both the thematic essay and document-based question essay are accompanied by a scoring rubric that explains how each will be graded.

Exam Sections

Multiple-Choice

Thematic Essay
Short Answer
DBQ Essay

 Did You Pass?

Students who first enter grade nine in or after September 1998 and prior to September 2000, must pass the Regents examination in global history and geography. A score of 65 shall be considered passing for a Regents endorsed diploma. For a local diploma a score of 55-64, as determined by the school, also may be considered passing.

Students who enter grade nine after September 2000 and prior to September 2001 must score at least a 65 on the Regents examination in global history and geography to earn either a Regents endorsed diploma or a local diploma.

Students who enter grade nine after September 2001 a must score at least a 65 on the Regents examination in global history and geography to earn either a Regents endorsed diploma or an Advanced Regents endorsed diploma.

Adapted from the New York State Department of Education publication:
General Education & Diploma Requirements
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