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Course SummaryPrepare for the SAT Subject Test in U.S. History using this course, which covers topics in foreign policy, U.S. history, social history and more. Our video lessons, quizzes and chapter tests can be used as a flexible, mobile-friendly study guide you can review at your leisure.
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The SAT Subject Tests offer you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of a specific area of interest. Some college admission requirements may include the subject matter tests. Some schools may just recommend that you complete one of these exams. Either way, these tests are a good way to show that you're well-prepared in a specific subject area. In some cases, the subject tests can help you get credit for entry-level college courses in your chosen subject area.
For the SAT Subject Test on U.S. History, you'll have one hour to answer 90 multiple-choice questions. These questions will test your knowledge of five different areas of history and three specific periods in U.S. history. Before you take the test, you can brush up on the main concepts it covers with the video lessons and quizzes included in the study guide. Concepts addressed in the lessons are the same as those on the test and include:
- Political history
- Economic history
- Social history
- Intellectual and cultural history
- Foreign policy
- Major periods in U.S. history
You'll be tested on your knowledge of pre-Colombian history up to 1789, the period from 1790 to 1898 and events from 1899 to present day. While only 20% of the questions are focused on pre-Columbian history to 1789, the remaining two periods will each cover roughly half of the remaining questions. Questions will focus on major events in U.S. history and should align with the U.S. history content that you studied in high school. You'll need to understand cause-and-effect relationships and basic geography and know how to perform historical analysis and analyze source materials. You'll also need to be able to recall some basic historical information and understand historical terms and concepts.
SAT Subject Test - U.S. History Preparation and Registration
Our study guide can provide you with some useful tools as you begin your preparations for the exam. Video lessons cover all the topics you'll find on the exam. These engaging lessons are each accompanied by a quiz. You can watch the videos and test your knowledge of the subject matter with the quizzes or use the quizzes to get familiar with the types of questions you might find on the SAT subject exam.
The U.S. history subject exam can be taken on six different dates throughout the year. The regular registration deadline is about a month before the test date, but a late registration deadline is available up to two weeks before the exam. You'll need to pay an extra fee if you register late.
While you can take more than one subject test (up to three) on the same day, you won't be able to schedule your SAT and your SAT subject test on the same day. You'll be asked to select your subject test and your test site when you register. This is also the time to choose which schools (up to four schools) you'll want to receive your test scores. You can register for the subject tests online, and you'll need to upload a photo at that time. You'll get a confirmation of your registration, along with your admission ticket, as soon as you complete the process.
On test day, you'll need to bring your admission ticket and photo identification. You'll also need to bring two #2 pencils with erasers for this paper-based test.
SAT Subject Test - U.S. History Scoring
You can access your scores online a few weeks after you take the test. Your high school will also get a copy of your scores. You'll get one point for each correct answer and be docked a certain percentage for each incorrect answer. For the U.S. history exam, scoring ranges from 200 to 800 points. You'll also see subscores for each area of the test that range from 20 to 80. Your final score will be compared to other students' results, which will help college admissions staff determine how your knowledge of the subject measures up to other students.
This section represents 31%-35% of the test, and focuses on major political changes that occurred in the U.S. within each of the three time periods covered on this test. Questions may cover the framers of the Constitution, major changes instituted by various U.S. presidents and dates when various government acts were introduced. Use our video lessons to prepare for these political history questions.
The video lessons cover the Stamp Act, the Virginia assembly and the Sons of Liberty. You can also refresh your knowledge of the Constitution, the Emancipation Proclamation and the New Deal. Details on major wars, including the American Revolution, the Civil War, the two World Wars and the Cold War are also included in the video lessons. You'll want to check out the lessons on various presidents who have governed this country and their major contributions, too.
This section of the U.S. History subject test will test your knowledge of economic developments in the U.S. and represents 13%-17% of the entire test. To bolster your knowledge in this realm of U.S. history, check out our video lessons on economic changes in the U.S. as a result of colonization and industrialization and the impact of the American Revolution and the Civil War on the U.S. economy. Learn about mercantilism and major economic regulations used by the British to restrict colonial trade. Examine the changes in population and Westward expansion efforts that led to the development of a market system. Get info on commercial advancements in the North and the Industrial Revolution to help you prepare for the exam. Find out about Theodore Roosevelt's Square Deal and Kennedy's plan to increase defense spending during the Cold War.
About 20%-24% of the exam's questions will focus on the social aspects of major events in U.S. history. Our video lessons offer details on the social structures of Native American tribes, colonial life, the history of slavery, civil rights movements and the U.S.'s Gilded Age. You might want to watch videos on the differences between the three major colonies that settled in the U.S., what life was like for slaves in the colonies, major reform movements, life in the South before the Civil War, reconstruction efforts after the Civil War and the roles of women in U.S. society. These lessons also discuss prominent female leaders, like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and major civil rights leaders.
Intellectual and Cultural History
In this section, you could be asked about cultural and religious trends that shaped the U.S. Questions on these topics cover 13%-17% of the total test. Use our video lessons to find out about advancements in technologies that have occurred throughout U.S. history. Examine the American Enlightenment of the 1700s and what role Benjamin Franklin played in this movement. Learn about the Great Awakening, which was a movement focused on religious beliefs and practices. You can also learn about how public schools were established in the 1800s and about the higher education movement. The American Renaissance and 1960s countercultures are also covered in these lessons and may be useful as you prepare for the exam.
Your understanding of the role the U.S. has played in international events is tested in this section, which also makes up 13%-17% of the test. You might be asked about territorial claims made by the U.S., major conflicts that the U.S. was involved in and the presidents who made decisions to enter various world wars. Our video lessons can help you prepare by refreshing your knowledge of early U.S. efforts in the French Revolution and about international commerce issues that arose in the early 1800's and led to war. The U.S. involvement in World Wars I and II, the country's domestic agenda during the Cold War and the U.S. role in the Vietnam War can also be found in the lessons.
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