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 use in the state's Multiple Pathways to Graduation. Since that time, over 400 schools across New York State have adopted the checkpoint examinations of Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES.


What exams are available?


When are examinations administered? (Updated 01/03/2023)

  • To assist secure administration of our examinations, Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES requires that all schools that adopt our examinations schedule their administration during the week(s) traditionally allocated for regents exams. Restrictions apply. Please read our Terms of Administration carefully. 

    In the 2023-2024 school year, the following dates will be used for our Checkpoint Examinations:

    • January Checkpoint B Examinations - January 23-26
    • June Checkpoint A Examinations - June 14-25
    • June Checkpoint B Examinations - June 14-25

How are the Examinations Structured?

Updates to Checkpoint A Examinations Effective June 2022

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Updates to Checkpoint B Examinations Effective January 2022

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How much do the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES examinations cost?

  • The cost of our examinations is as follows:

    1. $6.50 per student examination
    2. $80 processing fee per order*
    3. The cost of shipping is 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, access to digital versions of the Conversation/Roleplay tasks via a course in the Buzz Learning Management System is embedded into the cost of your order. The following people will be given access to these tasks, unless specified otherwise by the person who submitted your 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 access to these secure examination materials on Buzz.