Use these video lessons for English Regents prep. All lessons have a short video, text and practice tests. After all lessons you can take one “big” practice test. The English Regents Test requires that you know the rules for the following topics. Check also our other Regents prep topics.
- Subject Verb Agreement
- Verb Tenses
- Using the Correct Pronoun
- Choosing the Correct Adjective
- Unequal Comparison Adverbs
- Idiomatic Usage
- Five Part Essay
- Organization in a Paper
- Revising and Editing
- Making Your Paper Professional
- Semicolon Usage
- Consistency In Punctuation
- Question Marks Functions
- Exclamation Point
- Subordinating Conjunctions
- Fragments and Run-On Sentences
- Degrees of Comparison
- Making Commas Flow
- Gerund, Infinitive, and Participle
The NYS Regents Exam English Language Arts includes three sections. What can you expect during the test?
The exam contains three parts.
- At part 1, you are asked to read the given texts, and you need to answer the 24 multiple-choice questions.
- At part 2, you must read the given texts and write one argument that’s based on the source.
- At part 3, you must read a text and write a response with an analysis of the text.
Your text-analysis response and source-based argument must be written in pen. Please bear in mind that the language of the give text and its perspectives can be reflecting the cultural and/or historical context of the days and place in which the text was written.
You can use our video lessons and mini tests to get all set for the NYS Regents Exam English.
Part I: Reading Comprehension (multiple choice)
You will be asked to very closely read all three passages. After each of the passages, you need to answer a couple of multiple choice questions. Choose what you feel is the best answer to each individual question and put your answer on the answer sheet that you received separately. It’s okay if you want to use the margins for taking notes while reading the texts.
Part II: Writing From Source-based Argument
You need to very carefully read each one of the four provided texts. Then, while you use evidence coming from at least 3 of the texts, you must write down a well-developed standing argument. You should establish your claim clearly, explain in what way your claim distinguishes from opposing or alternate claims, and use relevant, detailed, specified, and sufficient supporting evidence from at least 3 of the texts to make your argument stand. It’s not enough to just simply summarize the texts.
A few guidelines. Make sure to:
- Clearly distinguish your claim from opposing or alternate claims
- Use relevant, specific, and sufficient evidence (from at least 3 texts) to support your argument
- You should specify all sources you refer to and identify them (give text and line number (e.g. Text 1, line 4. or Text 2, graphic)
- Please organize your ideas and words in a coherent and cohesive way
- You should maintain a more formal writing style
- Stick to the standard written English conventions
Part III: Text-Analysis Response/Exposition
In part III, students need to the provided text and write a text-based, well-developed and formulated response of 2 or 3 paragraphs. In their response, students need to identify a text’s central concept or idea and analyze in what way the author’s writing strategy is developing this central idea or concept. To support your argument and analysis, you should come up with thorough and strong evidence from the given text.
It is crucial that you don’t just simply summarize the given text. While reading the text, it’s okay if you use the margins or some scrap paper to jot down some notes for planning your response. You can write your detailed response in the appropriate spaces that are provided in your essay booklet (pages 7 through 9).
A few guidelines. Make sure to:
- First, identify a (or the) central idea in the given text
- Then analyze how the author used one writing strategy (literary technique, literary element, or using rhetorical device) to develop this central idea in the text. Examples may be: conflict, characterization, connotation/denotation, metaphor, irony, simile, language use, setting, point-of-view, structure, theme, symbolism, tone, and so on.
- Use thorough and strong evidence from the given text for supporting your analysis
- Pay attention to organizing your ideas and words in a coherent and cohesive manner
- Please maintain a more formal writing style
- Follow the standard written English conventions