The History of our Exam

  • Prior to the announcement that the New York State Regents Examinations in Languages other than English (LOTE) were to be phased out, Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES took the initiative to begin development of our own LOTE examinations in Mandarin Chinese, for which no New York State Regents Examination existed at that time.

    Using our experience in developing LOTE examinations in Mandarin Chinese as a model, we have created other World Languages examinations in American Sign Language, French, Italian, and Spanish. Refer to the chart below for specifics on which exams are offered at specific times of the year.

    In 2017, the Office of State Assessment at NYSED announced that they were accepting applications to have Checkpoint B examinations approved to qualify for the 4+1 Pathways to Graduation initiative. Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES was excited to submit our exams to the Office of State Assessment and did so immediately. In late March of 2018, the New York State Education Department announced the approval of our exams for 4+1 Pathways to Graduation to the schools across New York State.


What exams are available?


When are examinations administered? (Updated 10/05/2021)

  • To ensure the security of our examinations, Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES requires that all schools who adopt our examination administer it concurrently throughout New York State. As such, each year we will publish specific dates and times in which our examinations must be administered. In January, we currently aim to select the same date and time that the Algebra I Regents examination is administered. In June, we will select the date and time that NYSED recommends for World Languages Checkpoint Examinations, as published on their Regents Schedule. 

    In the 2021-2022 school year, the following dates and times will be used for our Checkpoint Examinations:

    • January Checkpoint B Examinations - January 26 in the morning
    • June Checkpoint A Examinations - June 21 in the morning
    • June Checkpoint B Examinations - June 21 in the afternoon

How are the Examinations Structured?

Updates to Checkpoint A Examinations 2021-2022

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Updates to Checkpoint B Examinations 2021 - 2022

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What is the cost of the examinations?

  • The cost of our examinations is as follows:

    1. $5.75 per student examination
    2. $80 processing fee per order*
    3. The cost of shipping determined by volume and distance**
    4. If requested, $4.00 per class set of Part 1: Conversation/Roleplay cards***

    *Paid once annually

    **The OHM BOCES courier service will deliver examinations, at no additional expense, to our component districts and districts in our region that subscribe to that co-service.

    ***For schools that order our examinations, digital versions of the Conversation/Roleplay tasks are also available for free via the Buzz Learning Management System. The following people will be given access to these tasks, unless specified otherwise by the person who submitted the order:

    • The person who submitted the order
    • Each teacher of record identified in the order
    • Each grader identified in the order

    The people identified above will receive an email detailing how they can gain secure access to these tasks on Buzz.