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January ’10 Math Regents: Algebra, Geometry, Math B

January 23, 2010 pm31 5:05 pm

Over the next few days I will be writing extensively about the three New York State math exams that students are about to take.

When:  Math B is Tuesday morning. Geometry is Thursday morning. Algebra is Thursday afternoon.

Who:  Algebra is for all students. Can’t graduate without it. Geometry is for students who just finished the course. If you passed the course you have a very good shot at passing the exam (though it doesn’t always happen.) You need to pass the Geometry Regents (and the Algebra II/Trig Regents, when it comes out) in order to get the Advanced Regents Diploma. Math B is for older students who just finished an associated course (might have been called Math B, might have been called something else) and/or who need one more math Regents for the Advanced Regents Diploma.

Other math exams? Nope. Math A is gone. History. Never going to be given again. And Algebra II/Trig won’t arrive until June.

Answers?  I may post answers here soon after the exams.

Questions?  JMAP is usually the first to post the entire exams. Keep checking back on their JMAP Regents Page.  Last year it took a week?  The exams themselves will be posted, eventually, by NY State Education Department. They are slower.

Discussion:  I will open threads to discuss specific questions. Check back soon after each exam. The Association of Mathematics Teachers of NY State runs a discussion for teachers at this MathForum link. It gets quite interesting as teachers debate bad questions and scoring problems.

Tips:  Eat in the morning what you normally eat. Bring pens, pencils, your calculator, extra batteries. Arrive a little early at your exams.

Tips:  Answer all the multiple choice. You can sometimes work backwards from the answers to see which works (let x=2 or x=1 or x=0 or x=10 and see what makes sense). For the open questions, write something for each one, even if you can’t finish. Remember, part of nothing is nothing, and there’s no partial credit for nothing.

Tips:  When you arrive at a question you cannot do, it’s ok to skip ahead. Make a note about what you skipped. Remember, before you turn in the exam you must answer every multiple choice, even if you have to guess at a few. And remember, no blank short answers!  You have 3 hours to take the exam. That’s a long time. Make sure to take a break (bathroom or otherwise) about halfway through. Putting your head somewhere else for 3-5 minutes will allow you to come back a little fresher.

Practicing tips:  Look at the previous exams. (Check jmap for them.) Do the exams. Check the answers.  Look at the NY State Integrated Algebra secret suggested vocabulary list. Look up any words that surprise you.

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. Anon permalink
    January 26, 2010 am31 8:27 am 8:27 am

    Oh man, I’m not sure if I should take this test or not. I’m sitting in my home, typing this after eating breakfast but I feel that if I don’t go and cower away, I’ll be lower than what I am right now. I heard among my classmates that the last time to take this test was today but your old post contradicts that. Maybe I should just go anyway and face my fate, even through I’m not going to get a score higher than my older one but thank goodness this test is going away for my little cousins.

    • January 26, 2010 am31 8:30 am 8:30 am

      This is the next-to-last Math B. In June it will be offered in the first exam slot – Tuesday, June 15, AM – at the same time as the new Algebra II/Trig exam.

    • May 5, 2013 am31 9:35 am 9:35 am

      @Anon: Math B was not that hard. Life is hard. However, your hyperbole was amusing…

  2. Briana permalink
    January 28, 2010 pm31 5:30 pm 5:30 pm

    I was wondering when you will put up the answers to the geometry 2010 regents and if you will put up the questions with it. Also who will put up the answers first? you or jmap?

  3. Anonymous permalink
    January 28, 2010 pm31 7:18 pm 7:18 pm

    when will the answers for the january 2010 geometry regents be up??????

    • Anonymous permalink
      January 29, 2010 pm31 2:37 pm 2:37 pm

      Agreeeeeeed, i wanna know!

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  5. Spencer permalink
    January 30, 2010 pm31 8:05 pm 8:05 pm

    I took the integrated algebra regents and got a 59 although the highest grade was an 83 my teacher said this is the percent grade. I think she screwed up and I think she meant to tell us that those were the poons out of 87 that we got. Is their a way to know if your teacher already has the conversion chart or is she just guessing? Please help me out!!!!!

    • KMTMB permalink
      January 31, 2010 am31 12:05 am 12:05 am

      The conversion chart was out by early Friday morning. NYS posts it ASAP after the end of the scheduled exam time and it is now on JMAP. Although I don’t know your teacher most teachers tell students their final % not the points out of 87.

  6. Alfredo permalink
    January 31, 2010 am31 1:26 am 1:26 am

    when are yyou going to post teh answers for geoemtry reegnts????

  7. Anonymous permalink
    January 31, 2010 am31 10:58 am 10:58 am

    okay, everyone is asking when the geometry regents answers will be posted but i think jmap.org will have them first and they havents even posted them yet. i keep checking back every day

  8. Anonymous permalink
    February 8, 2010 pm28 7:18 pm 7:18 pm

    this test was to hard for my child

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  10. Anonymous permalink
    July 12, 2010 pm31 4:46 pm 4:46 pm

    this test was a bit challenging.
    i was expecting that since im new to the country
    back in the caribbean we didnt do our math like this
    but im preparong to nail the exam when i retake it
    i’ll keep u posted!

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