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Earth Science Reference Tables Adobe Acrobat Required
*Click on numbers 1-16 for PDF copies of Earth Science reference tables.

Review Earth Science http://www.reviewearthscience.com
Contains topic specific practice questions with answers. Great review tool.

What is the Earth Science Regents?
The Earth Science Regents is typically administered at the completion of a New York State Regents level high school course in Earth Science. The examination is based on the Earth Science Core Curriculum which is based on Standards 1, 2, 4, 6, and 7 of the New York State Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science, and Technology.

When do I take the Earth Science Regents?
Your school and science program will determine when exactly you should take the Earth Science Regents exam. The test is administered January, June and August of each school year. Click here to see the latest NYS Regents exam schedule.

How is the Earth Science Regents set up?
Since laboratory experience are an essential part of a science course, a portion of the Physical Setting/Earth Science Regents Examination is devoted to assessing laboratory skills. Tasks have been identified from laboratory experiments that you will have performed during the school year. These tasks, which represent skills that are expected to have mastered, change only slightly, if at all, from year to year.

The performance portion of the examination is administered separately from the Regents Exam. Arrangements for administering the performance exam are made at each school in accordance with guidelines set by the New York State Education Department.
The scoring for each task is based upon accuracy. Values within a certain range are granted the full 2 points allotted to each task. Values within a slightly larger, less precise range earn 1 point. It is possible to accumulate a maximum of 16 points on the performance on the examination.

Additional information regarding the performance test, including an indication of the three tasks to be completed, will be provided by your teacher when this portion of the examination is given. The following is an outline of the three tasks that have been included in past examinations. The time allowed for completing the tasks at each station is 9 minutes.

The Earth Science Regents has three parts. You should be prepared to answer questions in multiple-choice, and constructed response formats. Questions will be content and skill based and may require you to graph data, complete a data table, label or draw diagrams, make calculations, or write short responses. In addition, you may be required to hypothesize, to interpret, analyze or evaluate data, or to apply scientific knowledge and skills to real world situations.

Part A --Multiple-Choice
A multiple-choice question offers several answers from which you choose the one that best answers the question or completes the statement. Part A of the exam focuses on earth science content and consists of 35 questions.

Part B1 --Multiple-Choice 
This section of Part B consists of multiple-choice questions as described in Part A. Part B consists of 15 questions..

Part C  --Open Response Questions
In an open response question there is no list of choices from which to choose an answer; rather you are required to provide the answer. Open response questions test skills ranging from constructing graphs or topographical maps to formulating hypotheses, evaluating experimental designs, and drawing conclusions based upon data. These are response questions that require more time and effort on your part to answer. These questions require you to apply your earth science knowledge and skills to real-world problems and applications.

Station 1 .. Mineral and Rock Identification 

Using a mineral identification kit, the student will determine the properties of a mineral and will use properties to identify that mineral from a flowchart. Using rock identification chart from the  Earth Science Reference Table and the characteristics observed in each rock sample, the student will also name an igneous, a sedimentary, and a metamorphic rock.

Station 2 .. Locating an Epicenter

Using seismic data, the P-wave and S-wave travel time graph from the  Earth Science Reference Table, a safe drawing compass, and a map, the student will determine the location of an earthquake epicenter.

Station 3 .. Constructing and Analyzing an Asteroid's Elliptical Orbit.
Using two pins, a looped string, a metric ruler, and a calculator, the student will construct an ellipse, determine its eccentricity, and apply this information to our solar system.

What Topics are covered on the Earth Science Regents Exam?
All the questions on the Earth Science Regents exam will test major understandings, skills, and real-world applications drawn from the following 8 subject areas:
1. Size, Shape, and Composition of Earth
2. Mapping
3. Rocks and Minerals
4. Weathering, Erosion, Deposition, and Landforms
5. Earthquakes and Plate Tectonics
6. Earth History
7. Meteorology and Climate
8. Astronomy

What is the policy regarding lab reports and lab time in order for me to take the exam?
Critical to understanding science concepts is the use of scientific inquiry to develop explanations of natural phenomena. Therefore, as a prerequisite for admission to the performance test and the written portion of the Regents examination in Physical Setting/Earth Science, students must have successfully completed a minimum of 1200 minutes of hands-on laboratory experience with satisfactory reports on file. Because of the strong emphasis on student development of laboratory skills, a minimum of 280 minutes per week of class and laboratory time is recommended.