SAT Subject Test Practice
History buff? Showcase your achievements and knowledge to colleges by taking the U.S. History Subject Test. It’s a great way to enhance your college application and stand out in the admission process.
Scoring, Timing, Number of Questions
Offered in Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, May and June
Getting Ready for the TestAnticipated Skills
- Familiarity with historical concepts, cause-and-effect relationships, geography and other data necessary for understanding major historical developments
- A grasp of concepts essential to historical analysis
- An ability to use historical knowledge in interpreting data in maps, graphs, charts or cartoons
- One-year comprehensive course in U.S. History at the college-preparatory level
- Independent reading or study of historical topics covered on the test
- Review of U.S. History textbook, with careful attention to areas of weakness and trends within major periods (timelines are useful tools for doing this)
Free Downloadable Practice Resources
- The Getting Ready for the SAT Subject Tests™ practice booklet contains information on all 20 SAT Subject Tests, official sample questions, test-taking tips and approaches and more.
- Answer Explanations to the U.S. History Practice Questions from the booklet.
Additional Things to Know
Questions on the U.S. History Subject Test may be presented as separate items or in sets based on quotes, maps, pictures, graphs or tables.
Please note that this test reflects what is commonly taught in high school. Due to differences in high school classes, it’s likely that most students will find questions on topics they’re not familiar with. This is nothing to worry about. You do not have to get every question correct to receive the highest score (800) for the test. Many students do well despite not having studied every topic covered.