The Comprehensive English Regents Examination is given to high school students in the 11th grade in the state of New York to assess English language skills as a requirement for a high school diploma. While the test format and focus has undergone many changes over the years, in 2010 it was primarily a writing test administered in two three-hour sessions over two days. According to the New York State Education Department, a new test format is scheduled to be instituted in 2011. It will be similar to the previous version but will be administered in one three-hour session.

Practice Tests

Step 1

Choose a recent past Comprehensive English Regents Examination test to practice with (see Resources for link). Practice one section of the test at a time.

Step 2

Ask someone to read the dictation selection aloud twice while you take notes. For all other sections of the test, read the provided literary selections to yourself very carefully.

Step 3

Answer the multiple-choice questions about the selection that you have just listened to or read, referring to your notes as necessary for the listening section.

Step 4

Read the guidelines for producing a written response to the topic proposed. Use your notes and the test questions and answers to write a brief outline for the writing piece.

Step 5

Produce a finished writing piece using all the resources provided.

Step 6

Ask someone whose opinion you value, such as a teacher, parent or tutor, for feedback on the quality of your writing.

Step 7

Focus on improving your writing skills. The College Board offers several tips on how to be a better writer, such as by paying attention to grammar and syntax as well as by expressing ideas logically and clearly.