SAT Subject Test Practice

U.S. History

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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.

Test Basics

Scoring, Timing, Number of Questions

Points Minutes Questions
200–800 60 90
    Multiple Choice

Important Notes

Offered in Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan, May and June

Getting Ready for the Test

Anticipated 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
Recommended Preparation

  • 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)
Topics on the Test

Free Downloadable Practice Resources

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.

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