I missed the Regents

Like what the title says… I missed the Algebra II regents. What should I do now? How can I rectify my absence? At the moment, everything has been quiet from my Algebra II teacher and my counselor so I plan on sending an email soon regarding the dilemma… but how do I approach this? I finished Algebra with a A- and I understand that the regents accounts for 10% of the grade… I just don’t know what do to. I need help!!

Why did you miss the exam? Did you notify the teacher/school in advance? Is the exam needed to graduate from your HS?

This is something you have to work out with your school. Is the exam offered in the summer? If so maybe that can be an option.

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Take it in August


Is this NY? For the state, they only care that you take and score whatever is necessary for the diploma and endorsements/designations you want…when doesn’t matter much. You can sit for it in August or January.

However, you mention your district uses it as a final counting for 10%. What happens with your final grade is up to your school administration and how they handle it will likely depend on the policies they have in place, why you missed it, etc.

No colleges really care about the Regents. Most states don’t have them. So, don’t stress about that part.

So, really, the most pressing issue is speaking with your teacher and/or guidance counselor and, depending on why you missed it and school policy, trying to get them to either hold off on your grade until you take it in January, or give you an alternative assessment for your class grade and then take it in January to get the advanced diploma designation (if that is what you are going for).

Be honest and be polite.

If you messed up, we all do. Come clean, take responsibility, and explain what you will do to not make the same mistake again. Even if you were relying on someone else, you should still take ownership…even if a parent was supposed to get you up, it is still your exam, your responsibility.

If it was truly out of your control (you got sick, car accident on the way over, abducted by aliens), explain the situation and ask for their help and guidance how to proceed.

If you have other emotional/psychological/physical issues going on and do not feel comfortable sharing them, have your doctor or therapist or school counselor write a note or call to vouch for you and advocate on your behalf if necessary.

Good luck! It is just one test in one class!

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If the teacher said the exam is 10% of your grade than you are probably going to take the hit on your final grade.

If you are trying to get an advanced regents diploma, you will have the opportunity to take the exam as a walk in during summer school. The worse case is that you score high enough to get a waiver.

No colleges really care about the Regents. Most states don’t have them. So, don’t stress about that part.

This is an absolutely false statement. Colleges care. The exam grades are on your transcript. Remember your classroom grade is a snapshot of the 50 minutes second period in Ms./Ms. Smith class. The Regents exam indicates how you measure against your peers across the state who have covered the same work. In ELA/Math your scores will demonstrate if you are not proficient, approaching proficiency, proficient, exceeds, mastery.

Every state has some time of exit exam or exam for accountability measures especially in ELA and Math (in order to get federal funding). The Regents is just the name of the NYS exam (Which is why most states do not have “Regents”, they may call their exam something else).

Many states have a single math and a single ELA exam, some use the SAT. Many of these do not indicate a grade for their state assessments on the transcript.

If your other grades and scores are high, for example ACT, SAT, AP, etc., they aren’t thinking, “But where is the missing Algebra II Regents score?”

The biggest issue is the hit to the final class grade and how they note the absence. OP will have to talk to her district to see how they handle it, which will likely depend on the reason she missed and the district’s policies.