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NYS Regents Prep - Earth Science

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Earth Science Regents exam

The Earth Science Regents is typically administered at the completion of a New York State Regents level high school course in Earth Science. The examination is based on the Earth Science Core Curriculum which is based on Standards 1, 2, 4, 6, and 7 of the New York State Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science, and Technology.

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Earth Science Regents exam

An Overview of the Earth Science Regents exam

WHY TAKE THE EARTH SCIENCE REGENTS EXAM?

All students in New York State must pass at least one of the four Regents science exams in order to graduate from high school.

To receive an Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation, among other requirements, students must pass with a score of 65 or higher in two science exams including Living Environment.

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WHAT EARTH SCIENCE TOPICS ARE TESTED?

There are eight key categories:

1. Size, Shape, and Composition of Earth
2. Mapping
3. Rocks and Minerals
4. Weathering, Erosion, Deposition, and Landforms
5. Earthquakes and Plate Tectonics
6. Earth History
7. Meteorology and Climate
8. Astronomy

WHAT IS THE FORMAT OF THE EARTH SCIENCE REGENTS EXAM?

The written portion of the Earth Science Regents represents 90 points of the total score and has three parts.

Part A --Multiple-Choice
A multiple-choice question offers several answers from which you choose the one that best answers the question or completes the statement. Part A of the exam focuses on earth science content and represents 30-40 percent of the examination.

Part B1 --Multiple-Choice
This section of Part B consists of multiple-choice questions as described in Part A. The combined sections of Part B (multiple-choice plus constructed-response) represent 25-35 percent of the examination.

Part B2 --Constructed-Response
In a constructed-response question there is no list of choices from which to choose an answer; rather you are required to provide the answer. Constructed-response questions test skills ranging from constructing graphs or topographical maps to formulating hypotheses, evaluating experimental designs, and drawing conclusions based upon data. The combined sections of Part B represent 25-35 percent of the examination.

Part C --Extended Constructed-Response
These are constructed-response questions that require more time (15-20 minutes per item) and effort on your part to answer. These questions require you to apply your earth science knowledge and skills to real-world problems and applications. Part C represents 15-25 percent of the examination.

Station 1 .. Identification
Using a mineral identification kit and key, the student will determine the characteristics of two mineral samples and identify each sample by name.

Station 2 .. Classification
Using rock identification charts, the student will classify two rock samples as igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic and state the reason for each classification, in one or more complete sentences.

Station 3 .. Angular Measurement
Using a plastic hemisphere that models the apparent path of the Sun, an external protractor, a ruler, and masking tape, the student will locate the position of the Sun at a given time and measure the distance between that position and a fixed point.

Station 4 .. Mass--Density
Using a single-pan, triple-beam decigram balance, a mineral density chart, and a calculator, the student will find the density, determine the mass, and calculate the volume of a given mineral sample.

Station 5 .. Setting Time
Using a column of fluid, three sizes of plastic particles of the same density, a stopwatch , and a calculator, the student will determine the average settling time for each of the three sizes of particles.

Station 6 .. Graphing
Using data obtained from Station 5, the student will construct a line graph of average settling time versus particle diameter and will determine the settling time for another given particle diameter.

HOW LONG IS THE EARTH SCIENCE EXAM?

3 hours

WHEN IS THE EARTH SCIENCE REGENTS EXAM?

See January and June 2017 Regents Exam Schedule

HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY SCORE?

Call Dr. Donnelly at (917) 568 2473 to discuss private tutoring options.

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Private lessons with Dr. Donnelly

Dr. Donnelly, New York's leading Regents tutor, is now accepting a limited number of students for private tutoring and one-on-one intensive test preparation for the Regents Earth Science exam.

Lessons take place at our comfortable office located at 1460 Broadway, Suite 15017 here in Manhattan. Our quiet teaching rooms are fully equipped with whiteboards and all the necessary teaching materials required to provide an ideal learning environment. There is also a comfortable seating area for parents who wish to be present during lessons.

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Over the years, Dr. Donnelly has helped literally hundreds of students to improve their Regents test scores significantly. We are confident that he can do the same for your child.

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