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Laboratory Experiences and Admission into Regents Exams in Science

October 3, 2022

In September 2022, the Board of Regents made an Amendment to Section 100.5 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to the Laboratory Experience Required in order to take a Regents Examination in Science. Commissioner’s regulations now permanently allow students to complete their science laboratory experiences required for taking a Regents Examination in science through any combination of hands-on and simulated experiences, and includes virtual laboratory experiences. The 1,200 minutes of required laboratory experiences and satisfactorily documented laboratory reports are still required in order to sit for a science Regents exam. Additional guidance can be referenced in the Frequently Asked Questions Related to Virtual Laboratory Experiences and the 1,200-minute Laboratory Requirement.

Questions about the science laboratory requirements may be directed to the Office of Standards and Instruction via email to or by calling (518) 474-5922.