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EXCELLING ON THE SAT WORLD HISTORY SUBJECT TEST
ABOUT THIS BOOK AND TESTWARE®
This book provides you with an accurate and complete representation of the SAT World History Subject Test. Inside you will find a complete course review designed to provide you with the information and strategies needed to do well on the exam, as well as two practice tests based on the actual exam. The practice tests contain every type of question that you can expect to appear on the SAT World History Subject Test. Following each test you will find an answer key with detailed explanations designed to help you master the test material.
Practice Tests 1 and 2 are also included on the enclosed TESTware® CD. The software provides the benefits of instantaneous, accurate scoring and enforced time conditions.
ABOUT THE TEST
Who Takes the Test and What Is It Used for?
Students planning to attend college take the SAT World History Subject Test for one of two reasons:
(1) Because it's an admission requirement of the college or university to which they are applying,
(2) To demonstrate proficiency in world history.
Many colleges use the SAT Subject Tests for admission or for course placement. Used in combination with other background information (your high school record, scores from other tests, teacher recommendations, etc.), these tests provide a dependable measure of academic achievement and help predict future performance.
Who Administers the Test?
The SAT World History Subject Test is developed by the College Board and administered by Educational Testing Service (ETS). The test development process involves the assistance of educators throughout the country, and is designed and implemented to ensure that the content and difficulty level of the test are appropriate.
When Should the SAT World History be Taken?
If you are applying to a college that requires Subject Test scores as part of the admissions process, you should take the SAT World History Subject Test toward the end of your junior year or at the beginning of your senior year. If your scores are being used only for placement purposes, you may be able to take the test later in your senior year. Make sure to contact the colleges to which you are applying for more specific information.
If possible take the SAT World History test soon after completing your course of study in the subject, while the material is still fresh in your mind.
When and Where is the Test Given?
The SAT World History Subject Test is administered six times a year at many locations throughout the country, mostly high schools. The test is given in October, November, December, January, May, and June.
To receive information on upcoming administrations of the exam, consult the publication Taking the SAT Subject Tests, which may be obtained from your guidance counselor or by contacting:
College Board SAT Program
P.O. Box 6200
Princeton, NJ 08541-6200
Phone: (609) 771-7600
Is there a Registration Fee?
You must pay a registration fee to take the SAT World History test. Consult the publication Taking the SAT Subject Tests for information on the fee structure. Financial assistance may be granted in certain situations. To find out if you qualify and to register for assistance, contact your academic advisor.
HOW TO USE THIS BOOK AND TESTware®
What Do I Study First?
Remember that the SAT World History Subject Test is designed to test knowledge that has been acquired throughout your education. Therefore, the best way to prepare for the exam is to refresh yourself by thoroughly studying our review material and taking the sample tests provided in this book. They will familiarize you with the types of questions, directions, and format of the SAT World History Subject Test.
To begin your studies, read over the reviews and the suggestions for test-taking, take Practice Test 1 on CD-ROM to determine your area(s) of weakness, and then restudy the review material, focusing on your specific problem areas. The course review includes the information you need to know when taking the exam. Make sure to follow up your diagnostic work by taking Practice Test 2 on CD-ROM to become familiar with the format of the SAT World History Subject Test.
When Should I Start Studying?
It is never too early to start studying for the SAT World History test. The earlier you begin, the more time you will have to sharpen your skills. Do not procrastinate! Cramming is not an effective way to study, since it does not allow you the time needed to learn the test material. The sooner you learn the format of the exam, the more comfortable you will be when you take it.
CONTENT AND FORMAT OF THE
SAT WORLD HISTORY TEST
The World History is a one-hour exam consisting of 95 multiple-choice questions. Each question has five possible answer choices, lettered (A) through (E). Topics cover the entire history of the world, from ancient times to the present, including all inhabitable continents.
The following tables summarize the distribution of topics covered on the SAT World History exam:
Chronological Material Covered Approx. Percentage of Questions on the test
Pre-History and Civilizations to 500 C.E. 25
500 to 1500 C.E. 20
1500 - 1900 C.E. 25
Post - 1900 C.E. 20
Geographical Material Covered Approx. Percentage of Questions on the test
Southwest Asia 10
South and Southeast Asia 10
East Asia 10
The Americas (excluding the U.S.) 10
Global or Comparative 25
Scoring the SAT World History
The SAT World History Test, like all other Subject Tests, is scored on a 200-800 scale.
How Do I Score My Practice Test?
Your exam is scored by crediting one point for each correct answer and deducting one-fourth of a point for each incorrect answer. There is no deduction for answers that are omitted. Use the worksheet below to calculate your raw score and to record your scores for the two practice tests in this book.
_____________ - (___________ ´ 1/4) = ____________
number correct number incorrect Raw Score
(do not include (round to nearest
unanswered questions) whole point)
Raw Score Scaled Score
Test 1 ____________ ____________
Test 2 ____________ ____________
Calculating Your Scaled Score
Scores on the SAT World History Subject Test range from 200 to 800. This table shows you how to convert your raw score to a scaled score.*
SCORE CONVERSION TABLE
Raw Score Scaled Score Raw Score Scaled Score
50 800 18 490
49 790 17 480
48 780 16 470
47 780 15 460
46 770 14 460
45 750 13 450
44 740 12 440
43 740 11 430
42 730 10 420
41 720 9 420
40 710 8 410
39 710 7 400
38 700 6 390
37 690 5 380
36 680 4 380
35 670 3 370
34 660 2 360
33 650 1 350
32 640 0 340
31 630 -1 340
30 620 -2 330
29 600 -3 320
28 590 -4 310
27 580 -5 300
26 570 -6 300
25 560 -7 280
24 550 -8 270
23 540 -9 260
22 530 -10 260
21 520 -11 250
20 510 -12 240
STUDYING FOR THE TEST
It is very important to choose the time and place for studying that works best for you. Some students may set aside a certain number of hours every morning to study, while others may choose to study at night before going to sleep. Other students may study during the day, while waiting on a line, or even while eating lunch. Only you can determine when and where your study time will be most effective. Be consistent and use your time wisely. Work out a study routine and stick to it!
When you take the practice tests, try to make your testing conditions as much like the actual test as possible. Turn your television and radio off, and sit down at a quiet table free from distraction. Make sure to time yourself with a timer.
As you complete each practice test, score your test and thoroughly review the explanations to the questions you answered incorrectly; however, do not review too much at any one time. Concentrate on one problem area at a time by reviewing the questions and explanations, and by studying our review until you are confident you completely understand the material.
Keep track of your scores. By doing so, you will be able to gauge your progress and discover general weaknesses in particular sections. You should carefully study the reviews that cover your areas of difficulty, as this will build your skills in those areas.
Although you may be unfamiliar with standardized tests such as the SAT World History Subject Test, there are many ways to acquaint yourself with this type of examination and help alleviate your test-taking anxieties. Listed below are ways to help you become accustomed to the SAT World History test, some of which may apply to other standardized tests as well.
Become comfortable with the format of the exam. When you are practicing to take the SAT World History Subject Test, simulate the conditions under which you will be taking the actual test. Stay calm and pace yourself. After simulating the test only a couple of times, you will boost your chances of doing well, and you will be able to sit down for the actual exam with much more confidence.
Know the directions for the test. Familiarizing yourself with the directions and format of the exam will not only save you time, but will also ensure that you are familiar enough with the test to avoid nervousness (and the mistakes caused by being nervous).
Do your scratchwork in the margins of the test booklet. You will not be given scrap paper during the exam, and you may not perform scratchwork on your answer sheet. Space is provided in your test booklet to do any necessary work or draw diagrams.
If you are unsure of an answer, guess. However, if you do guess, guess wisely. Use the process of elimination by going through each answer to a question and ruling out as many of the answer choices as possible. By eliminating three answer choices, you give yourself a fifty-fifty chance of answering correctly since there will only be two choices left from which to make your guess.
Mark your answers in the appropriate spaces on the answer sheet. Each numbered row will contain five ovals corresponding to each answer choice for that question. Fill in the circle that corresponds to your answer darkly, completely, and neatly. You can change your answer, but remember to completely erase your old answer. Any stray lines or unnecessary marks may cause the machine to score your answer incorrectly. When you have finished working on a section, you may want to go back and check to make sure your answers correspond to the correct questions. Marking one answer in the wrong space will throw off the rest of your test, whether it is graded by machine or by hand.
You don't have to answer every question. You are not penalized if you do not answer every question. The only penalty you receive is if you answer a question incorrectly. Try to use the guessing strategy, but if you are truly stumped by a question, you do not have to answer it.
Work quickly and steadily. You have a limited amount of time to work on each section, so you need to work quickly and steadily. Avoid focusing on one problem for too long. Taking the practice tests in this book will help you to learn how to budget your time.
Before the Test
Make sure you know where your test center is well in advance of your test day so you do not get lost on the day of the test. On the night before the test, gather together the materials you will need the next day:
o Your admission ticket
o Two forms of identification (e.g., driver's license, student identification card, or current alien registration card)
o Two No. 2 pencils with erasers
o Directions to the test center
o A watch (if you wish) but not one that makes noise, as it may disturb other test-takers
On the day of the test, you should wake up early (it is hoped after a decent night's rest) and have a good breakfast. Dress comfortably, so that you are not distracted by being too hot or too cold while taking the test. Also, plan to arrive at the test center early. This will allow you to collect your thoughts and relax before the test, and will also spare you the stress of being late. If you arrive after the test begins, you will not be admitted and you will not receive a refund.
During the Test
When you arrive at the test center, try to find a seat where you feel you will be comfortable. Follow all the rules and instructions given by the test supervisor. If you do not, you risk being dismissed from the test and having your scores canceled.
Once all the test materials are passed out, the test instructor will give you directions for filling out your answer sheet. Fill this sheet out carefully since this information will appear on your score report.
After the Test
When you have completed the SAT World History Subject Test, you may hand in your test materials and leave. Then, go home and relax!
When Will I Receive My Score Report and What Will It Look Like?
You should receive your score report about five weeks after you take the test. This report will include your scores, percentile ranks, and interpretive information.