NYS Trig Regents is shorthand for the New York State Regents Examination in Algebra 2 and Trigonometry. The questions in this exam asses both the content and process strands of New York State Mathematics Standard 3. The test evaluates students' understanding, fluency and problem-solving skills rather than testing them on knowledge of facts.
The New York State Regents Examinations are statewide tests on core high school subjects that are given at the end of the year in which students studied these subjects. The algebra 2 and trigonometry test is the last of the mathematics exams given at the end of a three-year curriculum that, along with algebra 2 and trigonometry in the third year, includes integrated algebra in the first year and geometry in the second year. The test on algebra 2 and trigonometry is made up of 39 questions, the majority of which address knowledge of various algebra areas. The majority of the questions also multiple choice, and a third of them are open-ended. Each open-ended question is worth more credit than the individual multiple-choice questions.
At the end of the three-year curriculum, students are expected to identify and justify mathematical relationships in a formal and informal manner. The third-year course also prepares students for calculus and pre-calculus.