Hebrew Language Comprehensive Exam (HLCE)


In June 2011, the NY State Education Department (NYSED) stopped providing Regents Examinations in most world languages, including Hebrew. To fill the gap, The Jewish Education Project offers the Hebrew Language Comprehensive Exam (HLCE) which:

  • Is developed by members of the team of educators which prepared the NYS Regents for 16 years.

  • Satisfies the requirement of competency in a world language resulting in credit towards a Regents Diploma with Advanced Standing.

  • Is used by the New York City Department of Education and The NYS Association of World Language Administrators, Inc. (NYSAWLA; formerly FLACS) as their exam to assess Hebrew language competency.

There are 4 parts to this Checkpoint B Exam:

1. Speaking – administered between April 1st and five days prior to the written test date
2. Listening
3. Reading
4. Writing

Scoring Point Distribution:

  • Speaking = 24 credits (12 credits per task)
  • Listening = 26 credits (2 credits per question)
  • Reading = 30 credits (2 credits per question)
  • Writing = 20 credits (10 credits per essay)


These ordering guidelines will be updated in late-February/early-March when the ordering window will open.

  1. Click here for the 2024 Contract

  2. The deadline to submit the contract is Friday, May 10, 2024.

    • The fee is $ 9.00 per exam.

    • The fee is $ 19.00 per exam for orders placed after the deadline.

  3. The deadline to submit payment is Friday, June 7, 2024.

    • Test materials will not be shipped until payment for all open invoices for the exam has been received.

    • Schools are to use their email confirmation of the order as their invoice.  Formal invoices will only be sent upon written request.

    • Once a school's order has been printed, payment is due even if the school then cancels the order or doesn't use the booklets.


  • The scheduled date is Monday, June 24, 2024 at 1:15 PM.

    • There is no alternate or make-up date.

  • The Part 1 Speaking Test must be administered any time between April 1st and June 15th.

    • The Part 1 guidelines and a list of pre-selected tasks will be emailed to participating schools after March 31st and after the school's fees have been received.  

      • All test materials must be kept securely locked until the day of the Speaking Test administration.

  • Approximately one week prior to administration, test materials will be shipped via UPS to each school’s Delivery Contact at the shipping address provided in the Contract.
    • The Delivery Contact should immediately give the shipment to the Exam Coordinator who is to make sure there was no tampering with materials and that the correct number of exams were included. Please alert Shelley Hill immediately of any problems.

    • The shipment is then to be re-sealed and kept securely locked until the day of the written test administration.

      • Schools do not need a NYS Regents-approved vault for locking the materials.

  • Administration of the exam must follow NYS Regents Regulations.

    • Anything that might compromise the validity of the exam must be immediately reported to Sara Seligson.

  • Answer sheets are included with the test booklets and do not require scanning.  (There is no data entry in Level 0 for this exam.)

  • Scoring keys will be e-mailed to participating schools after 2:30 PM on June 24th.

  • All participating schools will be asked to complete and submit a post-administration survey whether or not the exams were administered in the end. The information provided will help plan future programming.


Sample test - This document is the 2017 exam and includes the scoring key. It is the only available sample test.

Oral - Part I Guidelines - This document provides the guidelines for administering the Part I tasks to students prior to the written exam.

NYC DOE 2017 Changes in Comprehensive Language Exams – This document lists changes to Parts 2-4 and scoring distribution.  It does include a few samples.

NYC DOE 2017 Part 4 Sampler - This document provides more comprehensive samples for the change to the Part 4 essay.

Old Regents Hebrew Exams – The 2002-2008 Comprehensive Examination in Hebrew can be downloaded directly from this NYSED Office of Assessment page.

NYSED's Website for World Language Assessments  – All information about the World Language Assessments can be found on the site, including links to exam schedules (under the Assessments menu) and graduation requirements.

NYSAWLA – Checkpoint A & B World Language Assessments for French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Chinese may be ordered through NYSAWLA.  Membership fees and guidelines will be found on its site.

If you have questions about the HLCE process, please contact Shelley Hill, Project Manager.



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