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Overview

Everything you need to score higher on the SAT Subject Test: World History -- Guaranteed.

Kaplan's comprehensive guide includes:

  • 2 full-length practice tests
  • Diagnostic test to assess your skills
  • Detailed answer explanations
  • Powerful strategies to help you score higher
  • Focused review of key events, eras, concepts, terms, and people -- and the important relationships between them
  • Practice questions in each chapter, covering all tested material, from the dawn of humankind to the 21st century
  • Special strategies for questions with maps and political cartoons
  • Chapter timelines and summaries to help you find what you need quickly
  • The most up-to-date information on the test
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Kaplan SAT Subject Test: World History 2006-2007


By Kaplan

Kaplan

Copyright © 2006 Kaplan
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0743280105

Chapter One: About the SAT Subject Tests

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • SAT Subject Test Mastery

You're serious about going to the college of your choice. You wouldn't have opened this book otherwise. You've made a wise decision, because this book can help you achieve your college admissions goal. It'll show you how to score your best on the SAT Subject Test: World History. Before you begin to prepare for the World History test, however, you need some general information about the SAT Subject Tests and how this book will help you prepare. That's what this chapter is about.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Before you dive into the specifics of the content of the SAT Subject Test: World History, check out the following FAQs (frequently asked questions) about SAT Subject Tests in general. The information here is accurate at the time of publication, but it is a good idea to check the test information on the College Board website at collegeboard.com.

What Are the SAT Subject Tests?

Previously known as the College Board Achievement Tests and then as the SAT IIs, the SAT Subject Tests focus on specific disciplines: Literature, U.S. History, World History, Mathematics Levels 1 and 2, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and many foreign languages. Each Subject Test lasts one hour and consists almost entirely of multiple-choice questions.

How Do the SAT Subject Tests Differ from the SAT?

The SAT is largely a test of verbal and math skills. True, you need to know some vocabulary and some formulas for the SAT, but it's designed to measure how well you read and think rather than what you know. SAT Subject Tests are very different. They're designed to measure what you know about specific disciplines. Sure, critical reading and thinking skills play a part on these tests, but their main purpose is to determine exactly what you know about mathematics, history, chemistry, and so on.

How Are the SAT Subject Tests Scored?

Like the SAT, SAT Subject Tests are scored on a 200-800 scale.

What Should I Bring to the SAT Subject Tests?

It's a good idea to get your test materials together the day before the test. You'll need an admission ticket; a form of identification (check the Registration Bulletin to find out what is and what is not permissible); a few sharpened No. 2 pencils; a good eraser; and a calculator (for Math Levels 1 and 2). If you'll be registering as a standby, collect the appropriate forms beforehand. Also, make sure that you have good directions to the test center. (We even recommend that you do a dry run getting to the site prior to Test Day -- it can save you the grief of getting lost!)

SAT SUBJECT TEST MASTERY

Now that you know a little about the SAT Subject Tests, it's time to let you in on a few basic test-taking skills and strategies that can improve your scoring performance. You should practice these skills and strategies as you prepare for your SAT Subject Tests.

Use the Test Structure to Your Advantage

The SAT Subject Tests are different from the tests that you're used to taking. On your high school exams, you probably go through the questions in order. You probably spend more time on hard questions than on easy ones, since hard questions are generally worth more points. And you often show your work since your teachers tell you how you approach questions is as important as getting the right answers.

Well, forget all that! None of this applies to the SAT Subject Tests. You can benefit from moving around within the tests, hard questions are worth the same points as easy ones, and it doesn't matter how you answer the questions or what work you did to get there -- only what your answers are.

The SAT Subject Tests are highly predictable. Because the format and directions of the SAT Subject Tests remain unchanged from test to test, you can learn how the tests are set up in advance. On test day, the various question types on the test shouldn't be new to you.

One of the easiest things you can do to help your performance on the SAT Subject Tests is to understand the directions before taking the test. Since the instructions are always the same, there's no reason to waste a lot of time on test day reading them. Learn them beforehand, as you work through this book and study the College Board publications.

Many SAT Subject Test questions are arranged by order of difficulty. Not all of the questions on the SAT Subject Test are equally difficult. The questions often get harder as you work through different parts of the test. This pattern can work to your benefit. As you work, you should always be aware of where you are in the test.

When working on more basic problems, you can generally trust your first impulse-the obvious answer is likely to be correct. As you get to the end of a test section, you need to be a bit more suspicious. Now the answers probably won't come as quickly and easily. If they do, look again because the obvious answers may be wrong. Watch our for answers that just "look right." They may be distracters -- wrong answer choices deliberately meant to entice you.

You don't need to answer the questions in order. You're allowed to skip around on the SAT Subject Tests. High scorers know this fact. They move through the tests efficiently. They don't dwell on any one question, even a hard one, until they've tried every question at least once.

When you run into questions that look tough, circle them in your test booklet and skip them for the time being. Go back and try again after you've answered the more basic ones, if you've got time. On a second look, troublesome questions can turn out to be remarkably simple.

If you've started to answer a question but get confused, quit and go on to the next question. Persistence may pay off in high school, but it usually hurts your SAT Subject Test scores. Don't spend so much time answering one hard question that you use up three or four questions' worth of time. That'll cost you points, especially if you don't even get the hard question right.

The SAT Subject Tests have a "guessing penalty" that can actually work in your favor. The College Board likes to talk about the guessing penalty on the SAT Subject Tests. That's a misnomer: It's really a wrong answer penalty. If you guess wrong, you get penalized one quarter of a point. If you guess right, you're in great shape.

The fact is, if you can eliminate one or more answer choices as definitely wrong, you'll turn the odds in your favor and actually come out ahead by guessing. The fractional points that you lose are meant to offset the points you might get "accidentally" by guessing the correct answer. With practice, however, you'll see that it's often easy to eliminate several answer choices on some of the questions.

The SAT Subject Test answer grid has no heart. It sounds simple, but it's extremely important: Don't make mistakes filling out your answer grid. When time is short, it's easy to get confused going back and forth between your test booklet and your grid. If you know the answers, but misgrid, you won't get the points. Here's how to avoid mistakes.

Always circle the questions you skip. Put a big circle in your test booklet around any question numbers that you skip. When you go back, these questions will be easy to relocate. Also, if you accidentally skip a box on the grid, you can check your grid against your booklet to see where you went wrong.

Always circle the answers you choose. Circling your answers in the test booklet makes it easier to check your grid against your booklet.

Grid five or more answers at once. Don't transfer your answers to the grid after every question. Transfer them after every five questions. That way, you won't keep breaking your concentration to mark the grid. You'll save time and gain accuracy.

A Strategic Approach to SAT Subject Test Questions

Apart from knowing the setup of the SAT Subject Tests you'll be taking, you've got to have a system for attacking the questions. You wouldn't travel around an unfamiliar city without a map, and you shouldn't approach the SAT Subject Tests without a plan. What follows is the best method for approaching SAT Subject Test questions systematically.

Think about the questions before you look at the answers. The College Board loves to put distracters among the answer choices. Distracters are answers that look like they're correct, but aren't. If you jump right into the answer choices without thinking first about what you're looking for, you're much more likely to fall for one of these traps.

Guess -- when you can eliminate at least one answer choice. You already know that the "guessing penalty" can work in your favor. Don't simply skip questions that you can't answer. Spend some time with them in order to see whether you can eliminate any of the answer choices. If you can, it pays for you to guess.

Pace yourself. The SAT Subject Tests give you a lot of questions in a short period of time. To get through the tests, you can't spend too much time on any single question. Keep moving through the tests at a good speed. If you run into a hard question, circle it in your test booklet, skip it, and come back to it later if you have time.

You don't have to spend the same amount of time on every question. Ideally, you should be able to work through the more basic questions at a brisk, steady clip, and use a little more time on the harder questions. One word of caution: Don't rush through easier questions just to save time for the harder ones. The basic questions are points in your pocket, and you're better off not getting to some harder questions if it means losing easy points because of careless mistakes. Remember, you don't get extra credit for answering hard questions.

Locate quick points if you're running out of time. Some questions can be done more quickly than others because they require less work or because choices can be eliminated more easily. If you start to run out of time, locate and answer any of the quick points that remain.

Copyright ©2006 by Kaplan, Inc.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

About the Author

Section One: The Basics

Chapter 1: About the SAT Subject Tests

Frequently Asked Questions

SAT Subject Test Mastery

Chapter 2: Getting Ready for the SAT Subject Test: World History

The Format of the SAT Subject Test: World History

Preparing for the SAT Subject Test: World History 8

Special Question Types

Stress Management

Countdown to the Test

Section Two: Diagnostic Test

How to Take the Diagnostic Test

How to Calculate Your Score

Diagnostic Test

Answer Key

Answers and Explanations

How to Use the Results of Your Diagnostic Test in Your Review

Section Three: World History Review

Chapter 3: Human Origins

Timeline

Important People, Places, Events, and Concepts

The Dawn of Humankind

The Paleolithic Age

The Neolithic Age

Review Questions

Answers and Explanations

Chapter 4: Early Agricultural Civilizations and Societies

Timeline

Important People, Places, Events, and Concepts

The Rise of Civilization

Civilization in the Fertile Crescent

Civilization Along the Nile

Civilization in the Indus River Valley

Early Civilization in China

Agrarian Societies of the Americas

Agricultural Societies of Oceania

Comparison of Early Agricultural Societies

Review Questions

Answers and Explanations

Chapter 5: Interactions Among Early Empires and Societies

Timeline

ImportantPeople, Places, Events, and Concepts

The Development of Iron Metallurgy

The Hebrews

Maritime Interactions

Review Questions

Answers and Explanations

Chapter 6: Persia, Greece, and the Hellenistic World

Timeline

Important People, Places, Events, and Concepts

The Rise of City-States in Greece

Diversity in Greece: Athens and Sparta

Interactions with Persia

The Rise and Fall of Athenian Power

The Golden Age of Athens

The Empire of Alexander

Review Questions

Answers and Explanations

Chapter 7: The Roman and Han Empires

Timeline

Important People, Places, Events, and Concepts

The Roman Republic

Rome in Transition

The Pax Romana

Roman Culture

The Rise of Christianity

The Fall of Rome

The Han Empire

The Silk Roads

Review Questions

Answers and Explanations

Chapter 8: Empires of South Asia

Timeline

Important People, Places, Events, and Concepts

The Mauryan Empire

The Decline of Buddhism in India

The Gupta Empire

Review Questions

Answers and Explanations

Chapter 9: The Rise of Islam

Timeline

Important People, Places, Events, and Concepts

The Beginnings of Islam: The Life of Muhammad

Five Pillars of Islam

The Spread of Islam

Women in the Islamic World

Muslim Cultural Achievements

Review Questions

Answers and Explanations

Chapter 10: Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Byzantine Empire

Timeline

Important People, Places, Events, and Concepts

The Eastern Roman Empire

The Byzantine Church

Byzantine and Russian Interactions

Turkish Interactions with Byzantium

Review Questions

Answers and Explanations

Chapter 11: East Asia and Southeast Asia

Timeline

Important People, Places, Events, and Concepts

Restoration of Chinese Centralized Rule

Life in Tang and Song China

Foreign Relations Under the Tang and Song

Review Questions

Answers and Explanations

Chapter 12: Feudal Systems in Western Europe and Japan

Timeline

Important People, Places, Events, and Concepts

The Rise of Regional States in Western Europe

Feudalism in Western Europe

The Decentralization of Japanese Government

Review Questions

Answers and Explanations

Chapter 13: The Mongols and Eurasian Interactions

Timeline

Important People, Places, Events, and Concepts

Mongol Society

Mongol Conquests

The Mongol Peace

The Fall of the Mongol Empire

Review Questions

Answers and Explanations

Chapter 14: African Societies and Empires

Timeline

Important People, Places, Events, and Concepts

The Bantu Migrations

Empires of West Africa

Eastern and Southern African Settlements

Review Questions

Answers and Explanations

Chapter 15: The Rise of Nation-States in Europe

Timeline

Important People, Places, Events, and Concepts

The Revival of Trade in Europe

The Crusades

Life in the High Middle Ages

The Rise of Centralized Government in England

The Beginnings of Centralized Government in France

Secular v. Papal Authority

The Hundred Years' War

Review Questions

Answers and Explanations

Chapter 16: Peoples of the Americas and Oceania

Timeline

Important People, Places, Events, and Concepts

The Maya

The Toltecs

The Arrival of the Aztecs

The Incas

Societies of Oceania

Review Questions

Answers and Explanations

Chapter 17: Renaissance and Reformation

Timeline

Important People, Places, Events, and Concepts

The European Renaissance

The Protestant Reformation

Review Questions

Answers and Explanations

Chapter 18: Expansion of the Islamic World

Timeline

Important People, Places, Events, and Concepts

The Rise of the Ottomans

The Safavid Empire

The Mughal Empire

Society Under Islamic Imperial Rule

Review Questions

Answers and Explanations

Chapter 19: An Age of Exploration and Exchange

Timeline

Important People, Places, Events, and Concepts

Global Awareness Is Heightened

Chinese Exploration of the Indian Ocean

European Exploration of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans

Trade: A Global Process

European Dominance of the Oceans Begins

China's Response to Foreign Influence: The Ming and Qing Dynasties

Cultural Exchange in the New World: European Conquests

The Columbian Exchange

The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

Review Questions

Answers and Explanations

Chapter 20: Rise of Absolute Monarchs and the Enlightenment

Timeline

Important People, Places, Events, and Concepts

The Growth of Nation-States in Europe

Absolute Monarchs

New Economic Policies

The Scientific Revolution

The Enlightenment

Review Questions

Answers and Explanations

Chapter 21: Revolution and Nationalist Movements

Timeline

Important People, Places, Events, and Concepts

The English Revolution

Political Thought of the Enlightenment

The American Revolution

The French Revolution

The Empire of Napoleon

The Congress of Vienna

The Haitian Revolution

South American Independence

Independence for Mexico

Nationalist Struggles in Europe

Revolution in China

Revolution in Art and Literature

Review Questions

Answers and Explanations

Chapter 22: Industrialization and the Growth of Democracy

Timeline

Important People, Places, Events, and Concepts

Eastern Models of Industrialization

The Agricultural Revolution

Beginnings of the Industrial Revolution in England

Expansion of the Industrial Revolution

Domestic Effects of the Industrial Revolution

The Global Impact of the Industrial Revolution

Reform Movements

The Growth of Democracy

Advances in Science and Technology

Review Questions

Answers and Explanations

Chapter 23: Imperialism and Global Transformation

Timeline

Important People, Places, Events, and Concepts

The Race for Empire Begins

Europe Divides Africa

British Control of India

Imperialism in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands

Imperialism in the Ottoman Empire

China Responds to Western Influence

Japan Begins Modernization

Imperialism in Latin America

Review Questions

Answers and Explanations

Chapter 24: World War I

Timeline

Important People, Places, Events, and Concepts

Tensions Mount in Europe

Entangling Alliances

Rivalries Erupt in the Balkans

War Begins

The Great War

The Nature of the War

Building the Peace

The Impact of the Great War

Review Questions

Answers and Explanations

Chapter 25: Totalitarianism and Nationalism

Timeline

Important People, Places, Events, and Concepts

The Russian Revolutions

Nationalism in China

The Drive for Nationalism in India

Nationalist Moves in Southwest Asia

Review Questions

Answers and Explanations

Chapter 26: Depression and Dictatorship

Timeline

Important People, Places, Events, and Concepts

The World of the Early Twentieth Century

Political and Economic Challenges

The Great Depression

The Rise of Fascism in Europe

Aggression Leads to War

Review Questions

Answers and Explanations

Chapter 27: World War II

Timeline

Important People, Places, Events, and Concepts

The Stage Is Set in Europe

The War in Europe Begins

Hitler Moves Against France and Great Britain

War in the East and in Africa

The Holocaust

U.S. Response to the War

The Japanese Strike Against the United States

Allied Retaliation Against the Japanese

Life During the War

Victory in Europe

Victory in the Pacific

The Aftermath of War

Review Questions

Answers and Explanations

Chapter 28: The Postwar World

Timeline

Important People, Places, Events, and Concepts

Managing the Peace

The USSR Acquires Satellite Nations

The Cold War

Communists Take Over China

Conflict in Korea

The Vietnam Conflict

Rivalries in the Third World

Cold War Tensions Ease

Review Questions

Answers and Explanations

Chapter 29: Global Independence Movements

Timeline

Important People, Places, Events, and Concepts

Independence for South Asia

Independence Movements in Southeast Asia

The Decolonization of Africa

South Africa

Movements for Self-Rule in Southwest Asia

A New Era for the Soviet Union

Reform in Poland and Hungary

The Fall of Communism in East Germany

Czechoslovakia and Romania

The Collapse of Soviet Communism

The Division of Yugoslavia

China Strengthens Its Communist Regime

Modern Latin America

Review Questions

Answers and Explanations

Chapter 30: Global Interdependence

Timeline

Important People, Places, Events, and Concepts

Toward a Global Community

Revolutions in World Economic Development

The Growth of World Trade

Science and Technology Strive to Improve the Global Outlook

Threats to Global Security

Movements for Human Rights

Migration

A Global Mass Culture

Women in the Global Village

Review Questions

Answers and Explanations

Section Four: Practice Tests

How to Take the Practice Tests

How to Calculate Your Score

Practice Test 1

Answer Key

Answers and Explanations

Practice Test 2

Answer Key

Answers and Explanations

Glossary

Note for International Students

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