Regents' Writing and Reading Skills
and The Regents' Testing Program
Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia
Each institution of the University System of Georgia shall ensure that students obtaining a degree from a System institution possess certain minimum skills of reading and writing, hereinafter called Regents' Writing and Reading Skills. The Regents' Writing and Reading Skills requirement will ensure students have competence, at a minimum Systemwide level, in reading and writing.
Students enrolled in undergraduate degree programs leading to the baccalaureate degree shall pass Regents' Reading Skills and Regents' Writing Skills courses as a requirement for graduation. Students may exempt these courses through examination by passing the Regents' Reading Test and the Regents' Essay Test or an approved alternative test in reading comprehension and in writing. Students who have not passed or exempted the courses before their fourth semester of enrollment must take the Regents' Skills courses during that and each subsequent semester of enrollment (until they pass). Students enrolled in a Regents' Skills course must pass the corresponding Regents' Test in order to receive a passing grade for the course.
System Policy and ProceduresProcedures not addressed in the above document may be found in the Academic Affairs Handbook (note that the AAHB is scheduled for revision and any procedures found there that conflict with the Fall 2008 procedures are no longer operational).
Note: a number of the procedures for the Regents' Skills Requirement changed effective Fall 2008. Click here for a summary of those changes.
Annual Regents' Test Schedules
Institutional Regents' Test CoordinatorsRegents' Reading Test
Description of the Regents' Reading Test
Short Practice Test (a 30-item test that provides a score)
Practice Test with Instructional Feedback
(a full-length test that provides explanations for the answers)
Sample Test with Item Analysis InformationRegents' Essay Test
Complete List of Approved Essay Topics
Essay Instructions and Sample Essay Test Form
Essay Scoring ManualIntroductionSECTION I - Information for New Raters
Instructions for Scoring Regents' Testing Program Essays
Examples of Rated Essays
General Description of Procedures at Scoring Centers
Miscellaneous Procedures for Raters
SECTION II - Miscellaneous Materials
Development of Instructions to Raters and Selection of Topics
Procedures for Maintaining the Anonymity of Essay Writers
Scoring Sites and Selection of Raters (MS Word)
Sample Rater Performance Report and Summary
Essay Review Process