Yes, omnivoroushippo, but never by themselves. They are usually part of larger questions. Like, maybe they will show you an unlabeled map with numbers and ask "which is in the core periphery?" or for a free response question "choose any two regions and..." or stuff like that. You should know the the basic geography any child would know; if you see an outline of Japan, know its Japan, know it is east of China, and south of Korea, etc... You won't need to memorize the names of every country and their capitals, or stuff like that.
World History might be mildly helpful. It will help give context to some things, like the demographic transition (you can identify which phase shifts correspond to which event in history, for example). It might also help you know the origin and spread of major religions. But overall, don't expect it to be some killer advantage.