Hebrew Language Comprehensive Exam (HLCE)


As a continued consequence of this year's school closures and distance learning due to Coronavirus COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Hebrew Language Comprehensive Exam. The following guidelines are still listed for informational purposes of the process.

  • Click here for the 2020 Contract.

  • The deadline to submit the contract is Friday, May 15, 2020.

    • The fee is $ 9.00 per exam.

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

  • The deadline to submit payment is Monday, June 1, 2020.

    • Test materials will not be shipped until all open invoices for the exam have been paid.

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


  • The scheduled date to administer this Checkpoint B exam is Monday, June 22, 2020 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.

    • *NEW for 2020* 

      • The Part 1 guidelines and a list of pre-selected tasks will be emailed to participating schools at the end of March and only 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.
    • The Delivery Contact should immediately give the shipment to the Exam Coordinator or Principal 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.

  • Administration 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.  They might, however, be subject to a random review of their scoring.

  • Scoring keys will be e-mailed to participating schools after 2:30 PM on June 22nd.


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

1. Speaking – administered prior to the date scheduled for the rest of the Exam
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)


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

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 new 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 Office of Assessment Website – All Regents-related memos and schedules (including the date for foreign language exams) can be found on the site.

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.