Long Island Regents Prep teams up with College 101 to offer AP and Regents Review

April 19, 2014

We have some exciting news for our students living in central/eastern Suffolk County! Long Island Regents Prep has joined forces with College 101 to offer one-day, 4-hour review sessions for AP Calculus, AP Statistics, Regents Geometry, and Regents Algebra 2/Trigonometry. Classes will be held at 290 Main Street in East Setauket. Those interested in registering can contact Maryann at College 101. See the information below, and read about Ms. Butkevich's positive impact on the local Three Village School District in this Three Village Patch article.

AP and Regents Review Classes in Suffolk County

Spring Break Special - $40 Discount on SAT Crash Courses

April 11, 2014

Beginning this Friday, April 11, until Sunday, April 20, we will be offering our SAT Crash Courses for only $200, a discount of more than 15% off the original price. Taught the week before each SAT exam, our one-day SAT review classes cover Math, Critical Reading, and Writing. Our instructors are outstanding, certified teachers who have excelled on standardized exams and have attended some of the nation's top universities. Plus, our program includes a custom SAT Review Book!


Don't pass up this one-week opportunity to save $40 on our SAT Crash Courses. To register, or for more information, visit liregentsprep.com

The New SAT Exam

March 12, 2014

There's been a lot of discussion in recent days about the redesigned SAT, which will debut in 2016. For decades, the College Board has faced criticism that the SAT helps students from higher socioeconomic backgrounds, who can afford pricey test prep services and tutors, while lower- and middle-class students are left on their own to navigate the arcane and archaic (SAT vocab words?) exam. These suspicions are borne out by statistics showing students from wealthier families achieving better SAT scores. The redesigned exam claims to be more equitable in allowing opportunities for all students to excel on the exam, not just those with the means to pay for test preparation.

Sifting through all the information on the new SAT can be daunting. Below are some resources to help you learn more about the College Board's redesign.


Since the current SAT exam will be around for a few more years, most high school students won't have to worry about the coming changes. They can continue to rely on existing study methods, practice exams, review books, tutors, and prep courses. For more information about SAT Crash Courses that we offer at Farmingdale State College, or to register online, visit www.liregentsprep.com.


Are SAT Review Classes Worth the Cost?

February 9, 2014

It's easy to get carried away with SAT test preparation, and it's not unusual for a typical family to spend over $1000 per child on SAT review. So, is it worth it? In other words, do costly tutors, review books, and review classes result in better test scores and, thus, admission into elite colleges? This question is difficult to answer.

The best research indicates that "test preparation efforts yield a positive but small effect on standardized admission test scores," according to a report released in 2009 by the National Association for College Admission Counseling. In fact, although many of the best-known test prep companies (e.g., Kaplan, Princeton Review, and Sylvan Learning) claim to increase test scores by over 100 points, the "average gains are more in the neighborhood of 30 points." 

The College Board, which creates the SAT exams, has conducted its own research, which shows that test preparation courses offer limited benefit. In fact, Laurence Bunin, senior vice president for the College Board, "recommends free and low-cost College Board Materials, including a $22 study guide," according to the Wall Street Journal

Moreover, SAT prep companies like Kaplan and Princetown Review reap billions of dollars in profits annually, while charging students thousands of dollars to enroll in their comprehensive review courses. This may put students from lower-income families at a disadvantage. According to a Washington Post survey, students who come from families earning over $200,000 a year have an average SAT score of 1714, while students whose families make less than $20,000 a year have an average score of 1326.

Unfortunately, these figures sometimes force families to spend beyond their means in hope of sending their kids to better colleges, and the results can be disheartening. According to long-time SAT tutor Allison Kade, expensive SAT tutoring and review courses aren't for everyone. She says, "you may not need to fork over tons of cash for test prep if: 1) Your kid is extremely self-motivated, already understands all the core concepts and has been successful with self-study for other standardized tests like AP exams or the PSAT; 2) Your kid doesn’t care, won’t put in the work and will potentially be a distraction to the rest of the kids taking the test." On the other hand, she writes, you may want to spend a few bucks if "your kid cares about her score, but may not be self-motivated enough to do the studying on her own; your teen is a nervous test-taker...; or your child is struggling with core concepts and would benefit from extra help."

But there is an alternative to the expensive tutors and review courses. Long Island Regents Prep, a teacher-owned and -operated company, offers one-day SAT Crash Courses the weekend before each SAT Reasoning Test. These courses, held at Farmingdale State College, offer students confidence, skills, knowledge, and strategies they need to excel on their SATs, all at a fraction of the cost of tutors and other courses. For more information and to register for upcoming classes, visit www.liregentsprep.com.



January 2014 NYS Regents Exam Schedule

January 20, 2014

Some people have contacted us regarding Regents review classes for the upcoming January Regents exams. Unfortunately, we only offer Regents prep courses for the June exams, but there are plenty of websites for content review and practice questions, including

  • Regentsprep.org - Offering practice questions and other review materials, the goal of this nonprofit site is to help high school students meet the New York State Regents requirements in English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
  • NYSED Regents Exams - The official New York State Education Department website has a digital archive of past regents exams.

We hope these are helpful resources.  Below is the schedule for the January 2014 Regents and RCT Exams. As always, check with your school for exact times.  Good luck!



Monday, January 27 - 9:15 a.m.

  • RCT in Global Studies

Monday, January 27 - 1:15 p.m.
  • Physical Setting/Physics

Tuesday, January 28 - 9:15 a.m.
  • RCT in Writing

Tuesday, January 28 - 1:15 p.m.
  • RCT in Mathematics

Wednesday, January 29 - 9:15 a.m.
  • RCT in Science

Wednesday, January 29 - 1:15 p.m.
  • RCT in Reading

Thursday, January 30 - 9:15 a.m.
  • RCT in United States History and Government




Announcing Schedule for 2014 NYS Regents, AP, & SAT Review Classes

December 9, 2013

Long Island Regents Prep, which offers Regents, Advanced Placement, and SAT review classes in all major subjects, has announced its 2014 course schedule. These courses are designed and taught by certified and experienced teachers who understand how to prepare students for their exams and how to reduce the anxiety that comes along with high-stakes testing.

Since 2009, Long Island Regents Prep has offered one-day Regents review courses for each of the major subjects, including Living Environment, Earth Science, Chemistry, Physics, Global History and Geography, United States History and Government, Integrated Algebra, Algebra 2/Trigonometry, and Geometry.  Each class covers essential subject matter, offers test-taking strategies, and reviews practice Regents questions.

Last year, Long Island Regents Prep decided to expand its course selection and begin offering Advanced Placement review classes in AP United States History, AP World History, AP European History, AP US Government and Politics, AP Psychology, AP Calculus AB, AP Biology, AP Physics B, AP Chemistry, and AP Environmental Science.

This season, after helping hundreds of students from Long Island and New York City over the past five years, Long Island Regents Prep is introducing SAT Crash Courses, one-day review classes offered the weekend before each spring SAT exam. There will be three courses to chose from: SAT Critical Reading/Writing, SAT Math, and SAT Math/Critical Reading. All SAT Crash Course will be taught by certified teachers who attended elite universities and excelled on their standardized exams. In addition, courses will include a custom SAT workbook that students will use during the class and bring home with them.

Long Island Regents Prep is owned and operated by three current high school teachers who understand the importance of the Regents, AP, and SAT examinations. They have created clear, concise, six-hour review courses that provide students with the content, skills, and confidence they need to excel on their standardized exams. Finally, all classes are taught by experienced, highly-qualified, New York State-certified teachers in comfortable, state-of-the-art classrooms on the campus of Farmingdale State College, a State University of New York (SUNY) institution of higher learning.  Students can register online quickly, easily, and securely by visiting http://www.liregentsprep.com.

What:
Review courses for Regents, Advanced Placement, and SAT exams

Where:
Farmingdale State College (Gleeson Hall)
2350 Broad Hollow Road
Farmingdale, NY 11735

When:
AP Review Classes – May 3 & 4, 2014 (9:00AM – 4:00PM)
Regents Review Classes – June 14, 15, & 21, 2014 (9:00AM – 4:00PM)
SAT Crash Courses – March 1, April 26, & May 31, 2014 (9:00AM – 4:00PM)

Registration:
Visit http://www.liregentsprep.com for more information and to register for classes.

Contact Us:
Long Island Regents Prep
P.O. Box 1021
Bellmore, NY  11710
Call: (516) 847-1265
Email: info@liregentsprep.com
Twitter: @RegentsPrep
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/longislandregentsprep

About Long Island Regents Prep
Long Island Regents Prep, a teacher-owned and -operated company, offers one-day Regents, Advanced Placement, and SAT review classes at Farmingdale State College.

Introducing SAT Crash Courses

November 4, 2013

We are excited to announce that Long Island Regents Prep will begin offering SAT Crash Courses in spring 2014.  Due to the success of our Regents and AP review programs, and in response to the positive feedback we've received from parents and students, we are expanding our review course catalog to include one-day SAT review classes. We will be offering three options:

- SAT Math
- SAT English (with Writing)
- SAT Math and English 

As with our Regents and AP prep classes, SAT Crash Courses will be one-day, six-hour sessions held at Farmingdale State College.  In addition, students will receive a custom Long Island Regents Prep SAT workbook. Classes will be taught by certified teachers who attended elite colleges and excelled on standardized exams. Registration will begin soon.  In the meantime, visit Long Island Regents Prep for more information and to join our email list.  Also, find us on Twitter @RegentsPrep and on Facebook.


Good luck on the August Regents Exams!

August 12, 2013

For those students taking the August Regents or RCT exams, which begin tomorrow, we would like to wish you the best of luck. Below is the August Regents Examination Schedule from the New York State website. You should check with your school or district for the exact time and location of your exams.


August 2013 High School Examination Schedule

Tuesday, August 13 - 8:30 a.m.
Tuesday, August 13 - 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 14 - 8:30 a.m.
Wednesday, August 14 - 12:30 p.m.


Online Regents Review Resources

May 27, 2013

Believe it or not, the Regents Exams are just a few months away! In past blog posts, we've linked to some helpful online resources for Regents preparation, such as regentsprep.org, Regents Review Live, and New York State's Regents website. This time, we decided to compile a list of subject-specific Regents prep sites, which are listed below. Enjoy, and good luck!


United States History and Government Regents Review

U.S. History Regents Review Sheet -
http://www.historyteacher.net/AmericanHistoryAndGovernment/ReviewMaterials/us_history_regents_review_sheet.htm

U.S. History Regents Review Packet - Bronx Engineering and Technology Academy - http://www.mybetanyc.com/departments/socialstudies/teachers/ott/wiki/classroom/uspacket.pdf

U.S. History Regents Review Flash Cards - 
http://quizlet.com/18520455/us-history-regents-review-flash-cards

Mr. Klaff's United States History and Government Review Sheet - 
http://www.mrklaff.com/usregentsreview.html

Global History and Geography Regents Review

Global History Regents Review - http://edtech2.boisestate.edu/lockwoodm/

Mr. Klaff's Global Studies Review Sheet - 
http://www.mrklaff.com/globalregentsreview.html

Global Regents Review Links - 
http://b101review.wikispaces.com/Global+Regents+Review

Brief Review in Global History and Geography - 
http://www.phschool.com/curriculum_support/brief_review/global_history/

Integrated Algebra Regents Review

Integrated Algebra Review Booklet - NYC Department of Education -
http://schools.nyc.gov/documents/teachandlearn/learnathome/regents/integrated-algebra-review-booklet-final.pdf

Integrated Algebra Regents Study Guide - 
https://mrart.wikispaces.com/file/view/Regents+Review+-+Packet.pdf

Algebra 2/Trigonometry Regents Review

New York Regents Test Prep Workbook for Algebra 2 and Trigonometry - 
http://holtmcdougal.hmhco.com/hm_data/pdf/states/NY/tp_alg2.pdf

Mr. Ellis's Algebra 2/Trigonometry Review -
http://www.penfield.edu/webpages/jellis/algebra_2_trig_r.cfm

Geometry Regents Review

Geometry Review Booklet - NYC Department of Education - 
http://schools.nyc.gov/documents/TeachandLearn/LearnatHome/Regents/Geometry-Regents-Review-Booklet-FINAL.pdf

Mr. Kennedy Math - Geometry Regents Review -
http://www.mrkennedymath.doodlekit.com/home/geometry_regents

Regents Geometry Review Notes - Columbia Secondary School -
http://www.columbiasecondary.org/system/files/GeometryReviewNotes_0.pdf

Chemistry Regents Review

New York State Chemistry Review - http://www.nyschemistry.net

Chemistry Review Sheets and Study Guides - Rosen Review -
http://sites.tufts.edu/andrewrosen/2012/03/17/h-chemistry-regents-review-sheets-study-guides/

Mr. Kent's Chemistry Page - http://www.kentchemistry.com

Living Environment Regents Review


New York State Living Environment Review - 
http://www.nyslivingenvironment.net/

Review Sheets with the Key Ideas and Performance Indicators - 
http://www.ekcsk12.org/faculty/jbuckley/leclass/regentsreview.html

Earth Science Regents Review

Earth Science Regents Review Materials - http://reviewearthscience.com/

Ken Gould's RegentsEarth Site - http://www.regentsearth.com/

Regents Earth Science Review - http://www.regentsearthscience.com/

Physics Regents Review

St. Mary's Physics Online -
 http://www.stmary.ws/highschool/physics/home/review/review_all.htm

A-Plus Physics Regents Review -
 http://www.aplusphysics.com/courses/regents/regents_physics.html

Mr. Longhurst's Regents Physics Review Packets - 
https://sites.google.com/site/mrlonghurstphysics/regents-physics-review-packets



Suffolk Spring College Fair

April 20, 2013


Long Island Regents Prep is excited to be participating in the Suffolk Spring College Fair, sponsored by Western Suffolk Counselors’ Association. The College Fair will take place on Monday, April 22, from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Students will be able to visit representatives from dozens of colleges and register for AP and Regents review courses offered by Long Island Regents Prep. In addition, we'll be raffling off a free Advanced Placement or Regents review course and offering discounted on-site registration!  Please stop by our booth to find out more about our courses! Here are the details:

Suffolk Spring College Fair
Monday, April 22, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Huntington Hilton Hotel, Melville NY

Directions: Take Long Island Expressway East to Exit 49S (Rte 110 South / Broadhollow Rd.) Turn Right at end of ramp onto Rt. 110 S / Broadhollow Road. Proceed 2 miles to the corner of Spagnoli Rd and Broadhollow Rd and the hotel is on the right.




Check out Long Island Regents Prep on Farmingdale Patch

April 2, 2013

A combined version of our two most recent blog entries about Advanced Placement exams is featured on the Farmingdale Patch website.  You can read it here: Free Online Resources for AP Review



Free Online Resources for AP Review

April 1, 2013



Since the Advanced Placement exams are only about a month away, we are providing some free online resources to help students prepare for their exams.  Below are links to general and subject-specific AP review materials.  In addition, for more info about our AP review courses or to register online, visit the Long Island Regents Prep website.  Good luck! 

General AP Review Resources

College Board AP Practice Questions - Since the College Board designs these exams, you may want to check out this site first.  It offers exam overviews and practice questions from previous exams.

AP Exam Review Materials - Broward County Schools in Florida has put together an excellent collection of review materials for the most popular AP exams.

AP Study Notes - This site features course outlines, notes, vocabulary, and practice tests for several AP courses, with more being released in the coming weeks.

McGraw-Hill's Practice Plus AP Quizzes - McGraw-Hill offers diagnostic quizzes for over a dozen AP exams.

AP Practice Exams - As the site name indicates, they provide practice tests for many AP courses.


Subject-Specific AP Review Resources

AP Calculus AB Review


AP Chemistry Review


AP Environmental Sciences (APES) Review 


AP European History Review


AP Physics B Review


AP Psychology Review 


AP United States History (APUSH) Review 


AP United States Government and Politics Review


AP World History Review


Enrollment in Advanced Placement Courses Continues to Rise

March 17, 2013


Springtime is nearly upon us, and many high school seniors are eagerly awaiting news from colleges regarding admissions and financial aid.  High school students aiming for admission into elite colleges often enroll in Advanced Placement courses with the hope of burnishing their transcripts and applications, preparing for rigorous college-level coursework, and earning college credit for passing scores on the A.P. exams.  Recently, however, colleges and universities have begun reconsidering whether to give credits for Advanced Placement courses.  For example, earlier this year, Dartmouth College announced that it would no longer give college credit for high scores on Advanced Placement exams.  According to the New York Times, this change—a response to the concern that high school A.P. classes “are not as rigorous as college courses”—will begin with the class of 2018, affecting those who graduate high school next year.

Not unexpectedly, the College Board has decried this decision, maintaining that Advanced Placement courses expose students to, and thus prepare them for, college-level work.  According to the College Board’s recent AP Report to the Nation, “more high school graduates are participating—and succeeding—in college-level AP courses and exams than ever before.” College Board president David Coleman said, “By exposing students to college-level work while still in high school, Advanced Placement dramatically improves college completion rates,” and he applauded educators who have worked to bring Advanced Placement courses to more students in more schools around the country.  Findings from the report indicated,

·      The number of high school graduates taking AP Exams increased to 954,070, (32.4%), up from 904,794 (30.2%) among the class of 2011 and 471,404 (18.0%) in 2002 among the class of 2002.

·      The number of high school graduates scoring a 3 or higher increased to 573,472 (19.5%), up from 541,000 (18.1%) among the class of 2011 and 305,098 (11.6%) among the class of 2002.

Whether these numbers represent better preparation for college and the workplace is, of course, up for debate, but they do signal a clear rise in the importance of Advanced Placement courses at the high-school level, even if colleges doubt the academic rigor of such courses.

In New York State, the statistics mirror the national trends, as more students continue to enroll and succeed in Advanced Placement Exams.  That is why Long Island Regents Prep is now offering one-day Advanced Placement Review Courses at Farmingdale State College on May 5, 2013.  Visit www.liregentsprep.comfor more information and to register for courses.

January 2013 Regents Exam Schedule and Review Resources

January 15, 2013


Some people have contacted us regarding Regents review classes for the upcoming January Regents exams.  Unfortunately, we only offer Regents prep courses for the June exams, but there are plenty of websites for content review and practice questions, including

  • Regentsprep.org - Offering practice questions and other review materials, the goal of this nonprofit site is to help high school students meet the New York State Regents requirements in English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies.
  • Regents Review 2.0 - This site provides video review sessions for all Regents exams.
  • NYSED Regents Exams - The official New York State Education Department website has a digital archive of past regents exams.
  • Barron's Regents Exam Prep - This site offers free online practice tests.

We hope these are helpful resources.  Below is the schedule for next week's Regents exams, but check with your school for exact times.  Good luck!

January 2013 High School Regents and RCT Examination Schedule

Tuesday, January 22 - 9:15 a.m.
Tuesday, January 22 - 1:15 p.m.
Wednesday, January 23 - 9:15 a.m.
Wednesday, January 23 - 1:15 p.m.
Thursday, January 24 - 9:15 a.m.
Thursday, January 24 - 1:15 p.m.
Friday, January 25 - 9:15 a.m.

Helping High School Students Pass the Test

January 6, 2013

Long Island Regents Prep Announces 2013 Regents and AP Review Class Schedule


Long Island Regents Prep has announced its 2013 course schedule.  Review classes for the New York State Regents Exams will take place June 8th, 9th, and 15that Farmingdale State College.  In addition, after helping hundreds of students from Nassau and Suffolk counties and New York City excel on the Regents exams over the past several years, Long Island Regents Prep has decided to begin offering Advanced Placement review classes, which are scheduled for May 5th.

May 5, 2013 - AP Review Classes

  • United States History
  • World History
  • European History
  • US Government and Politics
  • Psychology
  • Calculus AB
  • Biology
  • Physics B
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
June 8, 2013 - Regents Review Classes

  • Living Environment
  • Earth Science
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Global History and Geography
  • United States History and Government
  • Integrated Algebra
  • Algebra 2/Trigonometry
  • Geometry
June 9, 2013 - Regents Review Classes

  • Living Environment
  • Earth Science
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Global History and Geography
  • United States History and Government
  • Integrated Algebra
  • Algebra 2/Trigonometry
  • Geometry
June 15, 2013 - Regents Review Classes

  • Chemistry
  • Geometry

All classes are taught by experienced, highly qualified, New York State certified teachers in comfortable, state-of-the-art classrooms on the campus of Farmingdale State College, a State University of New York (SUNY) institution of higher learning.

Long Island Regents Prep is owned and operated by three current high school teachers who understand the importance of the Regents and AP examinations and the pressure that high-stakes tests place on students.  With this in mind, they have created clear, concise, six-hour review courses that provide students with the content, skills, and confidence they need to excel on their Regents and Advanced Placement exams.  Students can register online quickly, easily, and safely by visiting http://www.liregentsprep.com

What:
Review courses for Regents and Advanced Placement exams

Where:
Farmingdale State College (Gleeson Hall)
2350 Broad Hollow Road  
Farmingdale, NY 11735

When:
AP Review Classes – May 5, 2013 (9:00AM – 4:00PM)
Regents Review Classes – June 8, 9, 15, 2013 (9:00AM – 4:00PM)

Registration:
Visit http://www.liregentsprep.com for more information and to register for classes. 

Contact Us:
Long Island Regents Prep
P.O. Box 1021
Bellmore, NY  11710
Call: (516) 847-1265
Twitter: @RegentsPrep






Now Offering AP Review Classes

December 18, 2012

We are excited to announce that Long Island Regents Prep will begin offering Advanced Placement review courses in spring 2013.  Due to the success of our Regents review program, and in response to the positive feedback we've received from parents and students, we are expanding our review course catalog to include the following AP subjects:

  • United States History
  • World History
  • European History
  • US Government and Politics
  • Psychology
  • Calculus AB
  • Biology
  • Physics B
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science 

As with our Regents prep classes, AP review classes will be one-day, six-hour sessions held at Farmingdale State College.  Course dates and schedule will be announced shortly after the new year. In the meantime, visit Long Island Regents Prep for more information and to join our email list.  Also, find us on Twitter @RegentsPrep and on Facebook.

August Regents Exams

August 6, 2012

It's hard to believe that the August Regents Exams begin in only ten days!  Didn't we just leave school for summer break?  For those of you taking a test next week, here's the August Regents schedule.  RCT exams are also included.

August 2012 Regents Examination Schedule


Thursday, August 16 - 8:30 a.m.

Thursday, August 16 - 12:30 p.m.
Friday, August 17 - 8:30 a.m.
Friday, August 17 - 12:30 p.m.
Even though school's out and Long Island Regents Prep doesn't offer summer review courses, there are still a number of online resources.  In an older entry, we posted online resources for taking practice Regents exams.  Recently, in a blog entry called Hit the Web, Staten Island Live listed more websites you can use to review.  You can even purchase Regents Review apps for your iPhone.  There are a number of resources at your disposal, just make sure you study.  Good luck!

Social Studies and the Promise of Citizenship Education

May 20, 2012

According to the National Council for Social Studies, the main purpose of social studies education is to provide students with the "content knowledge, intellectual skills, and civic values necessary for fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy."  In general, it is the goal of public education to prepare students to live in our democratic society, but it is specifically the province of social studies education to provide students with the skills and knowledge to participate fully in all levels of society, from local to global.  Given the importance of social studies, it seems surprising that the New York State Board of Regents is thinking about making the Global History and Geography Regents exam optional. In a recent Wall Street Journal article, NYS Education Commissioner John King said, "There's certainly going to be a lot of jobs in the future in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and this new pathway will encourage districts and schools to create additional opportunities for their students to pursue those areas."  While this might be true, King and the Board of Regents fail to realize the importance of learning and understanding global events in our increasingly interconnected world.

Currently, New York State requires students to pass two social studies Regents exams, one on Global History and Geography and another on United States History and Government.  Despite their flaws, namely the reductionist nature of requiring students to demonstrate their knowledge of complex national and international issues through series of multiple choice questions and short essays, these social studies exams require schools to focus on citizenship education, without which students would be ill-prepared to participate fully and competently in a democratic society.


The Global History and Geography Regents exam, a three-hour test, includes fifty multiple-choice questions and two essays, one thematic essay question and document-based essay question (DBQ).  This exam, usually taken in 10th grade, assesses students on two years of global history content and includes the following topics: The Ancient World (Ancient Civilizations of Asia, Africa and Europe); Expanding Zones of Exchange and Encounter (from the Gupta Empire to the Crusades); Global Interaction (the interaction of the Japanese, Mongol and African Civilizations, and the Renaissance); The First Global Age (the Ming, Ottoman, Spanish, Portuguese and Mesoamerican empires); Age of Revolution (the Scientific Revolution, the Enlightenment, political revolution, nationalism, industrialism and imperialism); Crisis and Achievement  (World War I, the Russian Revolution, rise of dictatorships in Europe, the rise of nationalism in Asia and the Middle East, and how World War II affected the world); 20th Century Since 1945; and Global Connections and Interactions (overpopulation, urbanization, globalization, ethnic rivalry and other economic and political issues).

The United States History and Government Regents exam is the same length and format as the Global Regents exam, but it is typically taken at the end of 11th grade.  The U.S. history course and exam include the following content: Colonial America, Constitutional Foundations, the Bill of Rights, basic democratic structure and constitutional principles, federalism, sectionalism, slavery, the Age of Jackson, antebellum reform movements (e.g., Abolitionism), the Civil War, Reconstruction, Industrialization, the New South, the Rise of Industry, Business and Labor, urbanization, Social Darwinism, arts and literature, the changing patterns of immigration, the Last Frontier, Agrarian Protest, the Progressive Movement, Women's Suffrage, imperialism, World War I, the 1920s and return to "normalcy," the Great Depression and the New Deal, World War II, the Cold War, postwar America, Civil Rights, Kennedy's New Frontier, Johnson's Great Society, the Vietnam War, Nixon, Reagan and the Conservative Ascendancy, and a study of 21st Century domestic issues, foreign policy, economic and political issues.

As social studies teachers, we understand the importance of this subject and hope that the NYS Board of Regents will decide to keep both exams mandatory for graduation to ensure that students continue to learn the skills and content associated with citizenship education.  Additionally, regardless of the Board's decision, we will continue to offer review classes for both social studies Regents exams.  To view our 2012 Regents review course schedule, click here.

What to Expect on the Math Regents Exams

May 6, 2012


Why do we need math?  When I was in high school, I remember asking myself and my teachers that question.  Today, some people argue that computer technology has rendered math classes obsolete.  Actually, just the opposite has happened.  According to Steven D. Levitt, the co-author of Freakonomics, "In the past, one could get by on intuition and experience. Times have changed. Today, the name of the game is data."  In other words, today’s digital world requires us to sift through piles of information everyday, and mathematical problem-solving skills can help us make sense of everything.  The website WeUseMath.org states, “More and more, math is an essential tool to survive in today’s world.  Math is a powerful tool for understanding the world, and almost everyone—from advertising agencies to doctors, from retailers to builders—who doesn’t want to be left behind is using math to do their job better and to get ahead in the world.”

In New York State, students must earn at least three credits and pass at least one Regents Exam in mathematics to receive a Regents diploma.  To graduate with honors, or advanced designation, students must pass all three math Regents Exams.  Below is a description of the NYS Regents Examinations in math.  Each test is three hours long and includes a combination of multiple choice and open-ended questions.

The Integrated Algebra Regents exam consists of four parts: one multiple-choice section and three open-ended sections, each with three questions for which you must show your work.  Graphing calculators are required for the Integrated Algebra examination, and the test booklet includes a reference sheet containing formulas.  The Integrated Algebra curriculum covers most of the topics previously included in Math A, except for some aspects of geometry, locus, geometric constructions, and combinations.  In addition to topics on number theory, operations, variables and expressions, equations and inequalities, trigonometric functions, and coordinate geometry, Integrated Algebra also includes an introduction to sets, functions, lines of best fit, and exponential growth and decay.

The Geometry Regents exam consists of four parts: one multiple-choice section and three open-ended sections, for which you must show your work.  Graphing calculators are required for the Geometry examination, and the test booklet includes a reference sheet containing formulas.  The Geometry curriculum includes most of the topics previously included in the geometry units for Math A and Math B.  In addition to covering geometric relationships, constructions, locus, informal and formal proofs, transformational geometry, and coordinate geometry, it also includes some additional geometry topics such as midpoint and concurrency theorems, similarity theorems, logical connectives, and aspects of solid geometry including parallel and perpendicular planes.

The Algebra 2/Trigonometry Regents exam consists of four parts: one multiple-choice section and three open-ended sections, for which you must show your work.  Graphing calculators are required for the Algebra 2/Trig examination, and the test booklet includes a reference sheet containing formulas.  The Algebra 2/ Trigonometry curriculum in covers the following topics: algebraic operations with fractions and radicals; operations with real and complex numbers; factoring; solving quadratic equations; solving systems of equations; transformations and functions; linear, quadratic, logarithmic, exponential, and trigonometric functions and their graphs; trigonometric equations and laws; probability; statistics (including normal curve; fitting a line or curve to data using least squares regression); scatter plots; correlation coefficient; series and sequences.

Long Island Regents Prep is pleased to offer Regents review courses for each of the math exams mentioned above.  For more information, visit our website and check out our Regents prep class schedule, or contact us at info@liregentsprep.com

Meet the Science Regents Exams

April 12, 2012

There are four New York State Regents examinations in science: Chemistry, Earth Science, Living Environment, and Physics.  To prepare for these Regents examinations, students should understand the appropriate content and be aware of how the exams are set up.  Each three-hour science Regents exam has three or four sections, which include multiple-choice and/or free-response questions.  

The Living Environment Regents examination tests a student’s knowledge of biology and is divided into four sections: multiple-choice questions, two sections of multiple choice and free response questions, and free response questions.  Living Environment topics include Cells, Evolution, Genetics, Ecology, the Human Body, Reproduction, and Laboratory Skills.  

The Earth Science Regents examination is divided into four sections: multiple-choice questions, multiple choice and constructed response questions, constructed response questions, and a laboratory performance exam.  Earth Science topics include Composition of the Earth; Mapping; Rocks and Minerals; Weathering, Erosion, Deposition, and Landforms;  Earthquakes and Plate Tectonics; Earth History; Meteorology and Climate; and Astronomy.

The Chemistry Regents examination includes three sections: multiple-choice questions, multiple-choice and constructed response questions, and extended constructed response questions.  Chemistry topics include Atomic Concepts; the Periodic Table; Moles and Stoichiometry; Chemical Bonding; Physical Behavior of Matter; Kinetics and Equilibrium; Organic Chemistry; Oxidation and Reduction; Acids, Bases and Salts; and Nuclear Chemistry.

The Physics Regents includes three sections: multiple-choice questions, multiple-choice and constructed response questions, and constructed response questions.  The examination covers topics such as Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Kinematics, Energy, Waves, Quantum Theory, and Particle Physics.

There are a number of Regents review books and online resources that students can consult throughout the year.  In addition, check our course schedule to register for Regents review classes in these and other subjects.

Long Island SAT and ACT Prep

March 29, 2012

Over the years, many students and parents have asked us why we don't offer SAT and ACT review courses.  The answer is pretty simple.  As full-time high school teachers, we work with the New York State Regents material everyday.  So we focus on what we're good at: we take the Regents course content and skills that we teach throughout the school year and create intensive, one-shot, six-hour review sessions.  We leave the SAT/ACT prep to those who specialize in that type of tutoring.  That being said, if you're looking for a local, experienced tutor and are not interested in wasting thousands of dollars on Kaplan or Princeton Review, then check out these Long Island companies:

Long Island Test Prep with Gregg - For the past 8 years, Greg Zehentner has tutored hundreds of students from all over Long Island.  Here's what he has to say about his services: "My specialized approach and experience enable me to target any student's weaknesses and provide the strategies, tips, and tricks that will help raise his or her score to the level it should be! In addition to the many students I have assisted over the years, I have also developed content for SAT and ACT review websites, written an SAT study guide for a national review company, published an SAT book and taught prep classes across Long Island. I know the SAT and ACT inside and out!  Rather than a teacher who moonlights as a tutor, I am a full-time standardized test tutor who has cultivated his targeted methods over years of practice. You can check out my website at www.litestprep.com."

SAT, ACT, and GRE Tutoring with Mr. Eisenberg - Jeffrey Eisenberg has been tutoring students for over 20 years.  In addition, he is a social studies teacher at East Meadow High School.  Jeff says, "I help students in Long Island to succeed on the SAT, ACT, and GRE and work with students to demystify the exam, lower stress levels, and apply real-world strategies for mastering the test.  Students who embrace my techniques and practice them as assigned typically improve their scores significantly.  I look forward to discussing with you how we can work together towards this goal."  Visit his site at www.longislandtestprep.com.

Long Island Regents Prep announces 2012 review class schedule

March 18, 2012

We are happy to announce our Regents Review courses for this June.  As in past years, we've worked with the New York State Regents Examination schedule to provide students with one-day, six-hour Regents review classes that coincide as closely as possible with the actual Regents test dates.  In addition, to accommodate rising demand and to keep our class sizes small, we have added a third day of courses at Farmingdale State College.

Saturday, June 9, 2012
Global History and Geography
Integrated Algebra
Earth Science

Sunday, June 10, 2012
Global History and Geography
Integrated Algebra
Earth Science
United States History and Government
Physics
Living Environment
Algebra 2/Trigonometry
Geometry
Chemistry

Saturday, June 16, 2012
Living Environment
Algebra 2/Trigonometry
Geometry
Chemistry

Online course registration will begin on March 21st.  You may also register by mail or by phone.  Feel free to contact us at info@liregentsprep.com or (516) 847-1265 for more information.  We're looking forward to another successful year of providing students with the highest quality, most affordable Regents review classes on Long Island.



Tips for dealing with test anxiety

March 11, 2012

For many students, the end of the school year brings a combination of excitement and anxiety. As the days grow warmer, students look forward to their two-month summer break.  But, before fleeing to the beaches or to summer camp, they must first pass their finals, Regents exams, and, perhaps, take the SATs and ACTs. School can be stressful enough without the added pressure of standardized exams, but test anxiety is becoming increasingly widespread in our test-obsessed age of accountability.

According to the Penn State University Learning Center, symptoms of test anxiety can include insomnia, loss of appetite, panic, confusion, hopelessness, anger, and depression.

There are ways of dealing with these symptoms. Georgetown University's Counseling and Psychiatric Service website lists helpful tips for reducing test anxiety. Before the exam, students should get a good night's sleep, eat a modest meal, avoid other students who are stressed, and arrive early for the test.  During the exam, students might consider budgeting their time wisely, answering the easiest questions first, and making a brief outline of ideas.

In addition, Georgetown psychologist Wayne Hurr recommends relaxation techniques.  He writes, "If your mind is blocked by tension during an exam, close your eyes, take a long, deep breath, and then let it out slowly. Concentrate on your breathing and actually feel or hear yourself breathe. Don't allow yourself to worry about the time, test, or tension.  Repeat this twice, then return to the test."

Finally, researchers at the universities of Colorado and Chicago have found that writing down feelings shortly before an exam can reduce test anxiety and improve exam scores.  Perhaps students should jot down some of their summer vacation plans to help offset the stress!

This article was originally published on http://farmingdale.patch.com.

Check out our Regents blog posts @ the Farmingdale Patch

May 23, 2011

Long Island Regents Prep is now blogging for the Farmingdale Patch, a local news site.  We'll be contributing occasional pieces about the NYS Regents Exams, and will include discussions about news, issues, and test-taking tips.

Read our most recent blog post here!

Take practice Regents Exams online, for free!

May 1, 2011

As the end of the school year approaches, you might want to start studying for your final exams and taking some practice Regents tests.  Fortunately, you don't have to go out and buy review books to prepare.  There are plenty of practice questions online, in all subjects, and they're free!

To access every New York State Regents Exam that's ever been given (they go back to the 1930s), check out the NYS Education Department website.  There you can find exams, answers, and scoring rubrics, so you'll know exactly how the tests are graded in June.

If you're interested in studying course content and practicing Regents questions, then check out http://regentsprep.org, which is run by the Oswego City School District.  This is a wonderful, nonprofit service that offers help in every subject.

We hope that you find these sites helpful.  Good luck as you prepare for the end of the school year!

Register Now

Regents Review Courses

AP Review Courses

SAT Review Courses


















Register By Mail (Download PDF)



Why Long Island Regents Prep?


LI Regents Prep is owned and operated by New York State teachers.

The educational atmosphere at SUNY Farmingdale is comfortable and conducive to learning.

Instructors are highly-qualified, NYS certified public school teachers.

LI Regents Prep courses are affordable!

Learn more about us.