School of Literature, Communication, and Culture
Regents' Testing Program
Test Overview: Description, Scheduling, Results
The Regents' Exam is required by the Board of Regents for all students seeking an undergraduate degree from a University System of Georgia institution. It is a test of reading and writing skills. The Regents' Exam consists of two sections, essay and reading, administered in that order. The essay section requires students to write an essay on one of the four topics given. The reading test consists of 10 passages with multiple-choice questions on elements such as word usage and reading comprehension. The exam lasts two hours, 60 minutes for each section.
For the essay section of the exam, each student will be given four general-knowledge topics and will be asked to write an essay about one of those topics. The topics include those dealing with life-experiences, and those requiring some knowledge of history, literature, or socio- economic political issues. You have a choice between the two types, so you should select carefully and choose the topic you know the most about. A complete list of approved topics is available from Georgia State.
The reading comprehension section of the Regents' Exam consists of 54 multiple-choice questions, divided into 5-8 questions on each of 9 short reading passages ranging from 175 to 325 words in length. The passages are drawn from a variety of sources including college textbooks, popular magazines, encyclopedia entries, and short fiction. The questions assess four reading skill sets:
- Literal Comprehension
- Inferential Comprehension
The test is multiple choice, and scan sheets are used. A sample reading test is available from Georgia State.
Students are invited to take the test after they have earned 10 hours of college credit, including AP and transfer credits. All new students should be invited to take the test either the first or second term of attendance at Tech. Students will be automatically registered to take the test and will receive an e-mail message from the Registrar's Office indicating how to locate test times and locations. The e-mail message will arrive in the middle of the semester, and also will announce the times and locations for two university-wide information sessions about the Regents' Test.
You also can access the necessary information about time, place and location for your assigned test by logging onto OSCAR.
Non-native speakers of English are often eligible for extended time (90 minutes per section). For more information, contact Craig Womack in the Registrar's Office.
Results usually will be available during the last week of the semester. You can access your results at that time by logging onto OSCAR.
Additional Information and Resources:
Please direct any other questions regarding the Regents' Exam or RGTR 1098/RGTE 1099 to
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