How to Prep for the NYS ELA Regents Exam

Every year, 11th graders across New York State sit down to take the ELA Regents Exam. It can be a stressful time for students, especially since they’re taking the ELA Regents on top of other Regents exams. However, with the right tools and preparation, any student can pass the ELA with flying colors.

What is the ELA Regents Exam?

How to Prep for the NYS ELA Regents Exam

The ELA, or the English Language Arts, Regents Exam is a three-hour standardized test taken by all students during their 11th grade year. It’s taken in either January, June, or August, depending on the type of school a student attends, and it’s organized into three sections:

  • Reading Comprehension – 60 Minutes
  • Writing from Sources: Argument – 90 Minutes
  • Text Analysis: Exposition – 30 Minutes

Take old Regents tests

The best way to study for the ELA Regents is to take old Regents tests. Thankfully, the New York State Education Department puts years of old exams (all the way back to 2014) online for you to practice from, as well as their corresponding scoring key and conversion chart. When you take the practice test, time each section as you would be when you take the real thing, and make sure there are no distractions in the room. Once you’re done, score it (you need at least a 65 to pass) and examine which sections you need to work on.

Study everyday

Start studying everyday for thirty minutes at least 2-3 weeks before the exam (although more won’t hurt!). Review old class notes to re-familiarize yourself with the material and buy some review books from Amazon or your local bookstore. If you learn better with peers, try to form a study group that meets after school on certain days, and never hesitate to ask your teacher for some extra help—they’re there to help you after all!

Hire a tutor

If a student is still struggling with the material, then it may be time to hire a tutor. With one-on-one tutoring, a student will be able to get the help they need in order to pass the ELA Regents Exam. And if you’re in the Garden City, West Hempstead, or Manhasset areas, then consider contacting Dr. Marie Mazza. As a specialized reading and writing tutor with over twenty-five years of experience, Dr. Mazza will be able to help prepare your child for their exams. Call today at 516-739-4671 to learn more!