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They are a required part of the high school process and they're also right around the corner, this year's Regents exams.

"The first thing to think about is that Regents exams are just one slice of analysis of a student's success, and I think it's an important slice because I think regents exams do access how much a student knows in a particular content area," said Dan Liebert , Tech Valley High School president.

That content includes typical areas such as math, science, and social studies. Students start young studying these subjects, and it's suggested that preparing for the actual regents should be something that continues throughout the school year.

"Primary preparations for those kinds of tests happen over time in high school, their ability to analyze, their ability to read, their ability to make connections, their ability to problem solve," Liebert said.

So we thought we would get some insight from the actual test takers themselves.

" I guess the biggest thing would be self-direction because during the entire course of the year, you should be learning what you need to learn, you can't cram everything up the day before the test, and besides from that is just preparation for the test, as far as your mental state," said Kaliel Williamson.

"Being used to the visual, that's easy for me and if I take a lot of practice tests after a while, when I go to the actual Regents test, it's just another one for me and it makes me calm down," said Isabel Gerrain.

"And Regents are also required when it comes to graduation, to receive a regular high school diploma in New York State, students must pass five Regents exams, integrated algebra, U.S. History, global history and geography, comprehensive English, and one science. But are these exams a good representation of what they're actually learning back in the classroom?"

"I think with any assessment it's important to understand that growth is over time in any one assessment, no matter how good it is, it's simply one measure of a student's ability and a reflection of what they know and what they're able to do," Liebert said.

In addition to the schools and tutoring organizations, there are many online resources for taking the New York Regent exams, which are scheduled through the next two weeks.

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