Frequently asked questions about the
Algebra 2 / Trigonometry Regents Exam



When do I take the Algebra 2/Trigonometry Regents Exam?

The first administration of the Algebra 2/Trigonometry Regents exam was in June 2010, after which it will be administered in January and June of every school year. Most students will take this exam after completing a one-year high school level Algebra 2/Trigonometry course.
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How is the Algebra 2/Trigonometry Regents Exam set up?

The Algebra 2/Trigonometry Regents exam is divided into four parts with a total of 39 questions. All of the questions in each of the four parts must be answered. You will be allowed a maximum of 3 hours in which to complete the test.


Number of Questions

Point Value

Total Points


27 multiple choice


27 x 2 = 54


8 open ended


8 x 2 = 16


3 open ended


3 x 4 = 12


1 open ended


1 x 6 = 6

   Test = 39 Questions

Test = 88 Points  

  • Part I consists of 27 standard multiple-choice questions with four possible answers labeled (1), (2), (3), and (4).
  • Parts II, III, and IV contain eight, three, and one question(s), respectively. The answers and the accompanying work for the questions in these three parts must be written directly in the question booklet. You must show or explain how you arrived at each answer by indicating the necessary steps, including appropriate formula substitutions, diagrams, graphs, and charts. If you use a guess-and-check strategy to arrive at a numerical answer for a problem, you must indicate your method and show the work for at least three guesses.
  • All questions in each of the four parts of the test must be answered.

Where do I show my answers and work?

  • Since scrap paper is not provided or permitted for any part of the exam, you must use the blank spaces in the question booklet as scrap paper.
  • After you figure out the answer to each multiple choice question in Part I, you must write the numeral that precedes the correct choice in the space provided on the separate tear-off answer sheet for Part I found at the back of the question booklet.
  • The answers and the work for the questions in Parts II, III and IV must be written directly in the question booklet in the space provided underneath the questions. All work should be written in pen except the graphs which should be drawn in pencil.
  • If you need graph paper, it will be provided in the question booklet.

What Type of Calculator Do I Need?

Graphing calculators are required for the Algebra 2/Trigonometry Regents examination. During the administration of the Regents exam, schools are required to make a graphing calculator available for the exclusive use of each student. You will need to use your calculator to work with trigonometric functions of angles, evaluate roots and logarithms, and perform routine calculations. Knowing how to use a graphing calculator gives you an advantage when deciding how to solve a problem. Rather than solving a problem algebraically with pen and paper, it may be easier to solve the same problem using a graph or table created by a graphing calculator. A graphical or numerical solution found using a calculator can also be used to help confirm an answer obtained using standard algebraic methods. You can find additional information about how to use a graphing calculator in the "Graphing Calculator Skills" section in this book.

How is your Algebra 2/Trigonometry Regents score determined?

Your answers to the 27 multiple-choice questions in Part I are scored as either correct or incorrect. Each correct answer receives 2 points. The eight questions in Part II are worth 2 points each, the three questions in Part II are worth 4 points each, and the question in Part IV is worth 6 points. Solutions to the questions in Parts II, III, and IV that are not completely correct receive partial credit according to a special scoring guide provided by the New York State Education Department.
The maximum total raw score for the Algebra 2/Trigonometry Regents exam is 88 points. A conversion table provided by the New York State Education Department is used to convert your raw score to a final test score that falls within the usual 0 to 100 scale.

What is collected at the end of the Algebra 2/Trigonometry Regents exam?

  • Any tool provided to you by your school such as a graphing calculator.
  • The question booklet with your name and your school's name near the top of the first page.
  • The signed Part I answer sheet confirming you did not receive unlawful assistance. If you fail to sign this declaration, your answer paper will not be accepted.

Are Any Formulas Provided?

The Algebra 2/Trigonometry Regents Examination test booklet will include a reference sheet containing the formulas. This formula sheet, however, does not necessarily include all of the formulas that you are expected to know.

What topics are covered on the Algebra 2/Trigonometry Regents?

The Core Curriculum is the official publication by the New York State Education Department that describes the topics and skills that are required by the Algebra 2/Trigonometry Regents examination. This examination can test you on a wide range of topics, which include:

  • Operations with real and complex numbers; algebraic operations with fractions and radicals; factoring.
  • Solving quadratic equations, including those with irrational and complex roots; solving systems of equations.
  • Linear, quadratic, logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric functions and their graphs.
  • Transformations and functions.
  • Statistics, including normal curve; fitting a line or curve to data using least squares regression; scatter plots; correlation coefficient.
  • Probability, including counting methods and probability in two outcome experiments.
  • Trigonometric equations and laws.
  • Series and sequences.

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