This New York State Regents examination is the culmination of one year of the study of secondary-level high school Chemistry. The exam tends to be structured as follows:

  • Part A: 30 multiple-choice questions from all units covered over the course of the school year.
    Total points: 30
  • Part B-1: 20 multiple-questions, with a mix of short answer and multiple-choice. Questions focus on the Reference Tables, graphing, and laboratory experiments.
    Total points: 20
  • Part B-2: 15 short answer questions.  Questions focus on the Reference Tables, graphing, and laboratory experiments.
    Total points: 15
  • Part C: 20 short answer questions, broken down into smaller parts. Questions are drawn from all Chemistry units, and may require students to write brief paragraphs, use equations and reference tables, or draw graphs and diagrams.
    Total points: 20

Students taking the exam should come with a scientific calculator (not a graphing calculator), pen, and pencil. Reference Tables will be provided.

Total points available (raw score): 85 points: This exam is known for having a negative curve at the mastery grades (85 – 89). This means that more than for every one point of raw score missed, more than one point of scaled score is lost.

Recent (January 2016) raw-to-scaled score conversions:

  • 79 – 85 points: 90 – 100
  • 74 – 78 points: 85 – 89
  • 69 – 74 points: 80 – 84
  • 57 – 68 points: 70 – 79
  • 50 – 56 points: 65 – 69
  • Below 50 points: failing

Required Units for the Chemistry Regents

Unit 1: Matter and Energy

Unit 2: Atomic Structure

Unit 3: Bonding

Unit 4: The Periodic Table

Unit 5: Stoichiometry and the Mathematics of Chemistry

Unit 6:  Kinetics and Equilibrium

Unit 7:  Acids and Bases

Unit 8:  Electrochemistry (Oxidation-Reduction)

Unit 9:  Organic Chemistry

Unit 10:  Nuclear Chemistry