Curriculum & Assessments

New York City Comprehensive Arts Examinations -- HIGH SCHOOLS

The Office of Arts and Special Projects offers Comprehensive Examinations in Dance, Music, Theater and Visual Arts, available to students who have completed a high school major arts sequence (see eligibility requirements for each exam). Eligible students have an opportunity to earn official recognition of advanced achievement in the arts and Regents credit. The exams have multiple components, including performance on-demand, portfolio or exit project, and written examination. Students must take all sections to complete the exam. This examination aligns with the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts.

2016 Comprehensive Examinations

Music Guidelines: Timeline, Principal Memorandum, Teacher Guide, Student Guide, Music Commencement Exam Components, Characteristics of Sequential High School Music Programs

Visual Arts Guidelines: 2016 Commencement Visual Arts Examination Memorandum, including Scope and Format, Student Instructions and Rubrics will be posted mid-March

View here: Sample Visual Arts Commencement Examination and Answer Key for Multiple Choice Questions

Dance, Music, Theater & Visual Arts - Section III: Written Examination

Exam Date & Time:
June 14, 2016 from 1:15-4:15 pm
Deadline for Schools to Order Examination Materials:

Please read the Order Instructions prior to completing the Order Form.

  2016 June Comprehensive Exam Order Instructions - Pending

Available in Spring 2016

Music Available in Spring 2016
Theater Available in Spring 2016
Visual Arts Available in Spring 2016

Written Examination Information - See below for last year's information.


2015 Comprehensive Dance Examination Information: Memorandum / Description & Scope / Proctor Guidelines / Return Instructions
Note: Section I: Performance On-Demand was administered on Tuesday, January 27, 2015


2015 Comprehensive Music Examination Information
: Principal Memo / Portfolio Components / Portfolio Self-Reflective Essay / Characteristics of Sequential HS Programs


2015 Comprehensive Theater Examination Information: Memorandum / Description & Scope / Return Instructions
Note: Section I: Performance On-Demand was administered on Tuesday, January 27, 2015


2015 Comprehensive Visual Arts Examination Information:
Memorandum, Scope and Format, Student Instructions, Rubrics



For more information, contact:
Ana Nery Fragoso, Director of Dance (
Barbara Murray, Director of Music (
Peter Avery, Director of Theater (
Karen Rosner, Coordinator of Visual Arts (


New York City Department of EducationOffice of Arts and Special Projects • 52 Chambers St, Rm 210, NY, NY 10007 • 212-374-0300 • Fax: 212-374-5598

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