social studies regents exams



  1. Attend review sessions. Review sessions will remind you of something you studied earlier in the year and have not thought of since then. They can also help you bring together the main ideas of the whole course. Additionally, visit www.regentsprep.org
  2. Find a study partner. Two heads can be better than one. Try to review with a friend or family member who can give you the chance to explain various parts of the course. You will have a better chance of remembering details if you have already explained them correctly to someone else. It has been said that the best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else.
  3. Do not “over-study.” As important as it is to review carefully and over a period of time for your exams, do not make the mistake of “over-studying” or cramming at the last minute. This could leave you unable to think clearly during the exam itself.
  4. Eat a good meal. Eat something before the exam so your energy level stays high.
  5. Know the exam site. Be sure you know the correct time and place of the examination. Arriving a half-hour late can make the difference between passing and failing. Be sure someone else at your house has a schedule of your exams.
  6. Be prepared. Bring several dark ink pens and pencils.
  7. Wear a watch, if possible. You will need to pay close attention to time during the exam.
  8. Stay for the full allotted time. Come to the exam prepared to stay for the full three-hour examination period. Do not tell someone to pick you up in two hours-you will need all the time allotted. Don’t sacrifice a year’s worth of work to get outside faster on a nice day.


1. Arrive on time. This will allow you to get your mind on the task at hand sooner rather than later.

2. Dress comfortably. You will be sitting in one place for a long period of time, so be sure you are comfortably (but not inappropriately) dressed.

3. Listen to instructions. Pay full attention to all instructions given by the proctor.

4. Read directions carefully. Read all directions written on the test booklet as you take the exam.

5. Be an active test-taker. Become a participant in the exam, not a spectator. You may write on the exam. Underline key ideas. You may write in the margins as you think about the questions. The idea is for you to interact with the questions. Keep in mind that you must answer 50 multiple-choice questions, a series of DBQ scaffolding questions, and two full essay questions.

6. Don’t leave blanks. No credit can be given for a blank on either multiple-choice or essay questions. Write something. Write anything, but never leave an answer blank

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