U.S. History          

Test Information

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Test Description
Getting Ready for the SAT Subject Tests

Test Dates
Oct., Nov., Dec., Jan., May, and June

Test Basics
Points: 200-800
Minutes: 60
Questions: 90 (Multiple Choice)

Test Practice
Test Practice: U.S. History
Answer Explanations

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 textbooks, with careful attention to areas of weakness and trends within major periods (timelines are useful tools for doing this)

Test Topics

Source of Questions% of Test
Political history13–17%
Social history20–24%
Intellectual and cultural history13–17%
Foreign policy13–17%

Periods% of Test
Pre-Columbian history to 178920%
1790 to 189840%
1899 to the present40%


BookPublisherEditionPublishing DateISBNPrice
McGraw-Hill Education SAT Subject Test US HistoryMcGraw-Hill 4thJanuary 4, 2016978-1259584091$11.65
The Official SAT Subject Tests in U.S. & World History Study GuideCollege BoardAugust 8, 2006978-0874477696$11.44
Barron's SAT Subject Test: U.S. HistoryBarron's 3rdFebruary 1, 2016978-1438007519$10.68
Cracking the SAT U.S. History Subject TestPrinceton ReviewDecember 9, 2014978-0804125727$12.30
Kaplan SAT Subject Test U.S. HistoryKaplan 2015-2016March 3, 2015978-1618658371$15.47
McGraw-Hill Education SAT Subject Test US HistoryMcGraw-Hill4thJanuary 4, 2016978-1259584091$11.65


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