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What are the geometry Regents exams?

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The Regents Examination in geometry is one exam of the mathematics portion of the standardized examinations New York State uses to test high school students before graduation. The other mathematics exams are Integrated Algebra, Algebra I and Algebra II and Trigonometry.

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The domains tested on the Regents geometry exam include congruence, similarity, right triangles, trigonometry, circles, expressing geometric properties with equations, modeling with geometry and geometric measurements and dimensions. There are both multiple choice questions, in which students select the correct response, and constructed response questions, in which students provide proof of the necessary steps, including formulas, diagrams and graphs. The test is administered in one booklet, and students have 3 hours to complete the test. Though students may finish early, they are not permitted to leave the room until the designated time expires.

To obtain a Regents diploma, a student must pass the Regents Examinations with an overall score of 65 percent or better. Only one of the math exams, usually integrated algebra, is required. To obtain a Regents diploma with advanced designation, a student must have the same score but take all three math exams. If a student earns a score of 85 percent or more in the three math exams, he receives an annotation on the diploma that designates mastery in mathematics.

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