The SAT’s history subject tests come in two varieties: US and world. As its name indicates, the US History SAT Subject Test is restricted to American history, while the World History Subject Test spans the globe. The latter’s focus may be more comprehensive, but its structure is largely equivalent.
The test contains 95 questions assessing your grasp of historical periods and events throughout the world. Like all other SAT subject tests, you will have one hour to complete it.
As with the US history test, your knowledge is assumed to be more broad than deep. You should have at least a basic familiarity with historical figures, events and ideas from around the world. Particular emphasis is placed on the following skills:
The World History Subject Test differs from the US version in that it does sometimes require the recollection of specific names and dates. But don’t panic – most of these details are hugely important, which means you’ll encounter them again and again during test prep.
In addition, you are expected to understand historical concepts – e.g. modernization and imperialism – and how to apply them. These concepts are generally social or economic, although terminology from political, geographical and cultural history is also cited.
Those taking the World History SAT Subject Test will receive a score between 200 and 800. In 2011, the average (mean) score was 607. You should note that the SAT does not penalize blank answers, so strategize carefully. Sometimes it’s better to skip a question than to hazard a guess.
The first step toward success is learning how to prepare for the SAT. Simple study habits can mean a higher score. A higher score can mean acceptance to the university of your choice. That can mean a superb education and greater opportunities.
The rest, as they say, is history.