When are the tests given?

The test in English Language Arts (ELA) will be given to NYS students between May 3 and May 6. NYS Math tests are scheduled for May 11-13.

How long are the tests?

Tests are given in several sessions over a two- or three-day period, depending on the grade and subject. Each ELA testing session is, at most, 60 minutes in grades 3-5, or 90 minutes in grades 6-8. Each math testing session is approximately 60-70 minutes in length.

What kinds of questions are on the test?

In ELA, students read six to eight passages, including short stories, poems, articles or other informational text. Students demonstrate their reading comprehension by answering about five multiple choice questions about each passage read. Students must also demonstrate careful listening skills by answering questions about a passage that is read to them. Students will respond in writing, including several short responses consisting of one or two sentences. Finally, students are asked to read two related passages, which require several short written responses as well as a longer written response (paragraph or short essay) to questions about the passages, including similarities and differences between them.

Math tests include 40-45 multiple choice questions, which often require students to solve problems and/or perform calculations in order to determine the answer. Questions assess students' understanding of numbers and arithmetic operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, probability and statistics. Students must also demonstrate their problem-solving skills and ability to communicate using mathematical language and symbols by answering six to 12 questions, which require that students explain their problem-solving process using mathematical procedures or a written explanation. Students must use measuring tools such as rulers and protractors. Students in grades 7 and 8 are able to use calculators for a portion of the test.

Are sample tests available? Where can I find more information?

Copies of tests given in previous years can be obtained online. Tests given in grades 3 -5 can be found at www.nysedregents.org/elementary.html, and tests given in grades 6-8 are available at www.nysedregents.org/intermediate.html.

The most current information about assessments for each grade level can be found in the NYS Guide to 2011 Testing Program www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/ei/ela-math-guide-11.pdf. Parents may also find helpful information in the Parent's Guide to NYS Assessments (2005), www.p12.nysed.gov/osa/ei/parentguide/parentguide.pdf.