World History          

Test Information

Test Basics
Points: 200-800
Minutes: 60
Questions: 99 (Multiple Choice)

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

Anticipated Skills

  • Familiarity with terminology, 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 world history at the college-preparatory level
  • Independent reading or study of historical topics covered on the test
  • Review of world history textbooks, with careful attention to areas of weakness and trends within major periods (timelines are useful tools for doing this)

Test Topics

Chronological Material% of Test
Prehistory and civilizations to the year 500 Common Era (C.E.)25%
500 to 1500 C.E.20%
1500 to 1900 C.E.25%
Post-1900 C.E.20%

Geographical Material% of Test
Global or comparative25%
Southwest Asia25%
South and Southeast Asia25%
East Asia25%
East Asia25%


BookPublisherEditionPublishing DateISBNPrice
The Official Study Guide for ALL SAT Subject TestsCollege Board2ndJanuary 4, 2016978-1259584091$11.65
The Official SAT Subject Tests in U.S. & World History Study GuideCollege BoardAugust 8, 2006978-0874477696$11.44
SAT Subject Test World History
Barron'sSeptember 1, 2015978-1438005263 $10.95
Cracking the SAT World History Subject TestPrinceton ReviewDecember 9, 2014978-0804125741$12.30
SAT Subject Test World HistoryKaplan2015-2016March 3, 2015$12.99


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