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Should I take the US History Subject Test

hallie99hallie99 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
I am a junior and I am in regular US History, not AP. I was recommended for AP but decided to take regular because I already had a tough course load. History has always been one of my best subjects and I have an A (97) in the class but wasn't sure if I would be fully prepared to get a good score since it was regular US history. The colleges I am looking at don't require SAT subject tests but they are considered if they help me. I would be taking the subject test on June 3rd, a couple weeks after my regular US history exam. If anyone has any advice that would be nice!

Replies to: Should I take the US History Subject Test

  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 27,100 Super Moderator
    No subject test requires an AP class as preparation. Whether or not your class fully prepares you for the test is a question for your teacher, since the is no standard way to teach USH. In all probability, you would do well to pick up a prep book.
  • AlumonAlumon Registered User Posts: 45 Junior Member
    Even if you are good at history, the SAT US History Subject Test is brutal. Many of my friends got a 5 on the exam but failed to achieve a good subject test score (710-760). A prep book is incredibly useful. However, you don't need the AP class. I took the AP Biology Exam and the SAT Biology Subject Test without taking any biology classes in school and got a 5 and 800 on each respective test.
  • CometCatcherCometCatcher Registered User Posts: 48 Junior Member
    ^ I would agree that the USH is a brutal test, especially if you aren't good with memorizing lots of seemingly trivial information. I thought it would be more thematic (like the AP exam), but it is ridiculously specific--dates, crops, supreme court decisions, authors, acts, etc. are the sorts of things that will appear on the test. I had to work really hard to even pull off a 710, haha! If those kind of facts "stick" well with you, though, you should be fine. I think part of it is luck. Either you know it, or you don't.
  • Sportsman88Sportsman88 Registered User Posts: 1,573 Senior Member
    Take a practice test and see how you do. As noted, a prep book helps a lot. My D made a 4 on AP but 740 on US History SAT II. She was in a college level class that didn't teach to AP test so maybe better prepared for subject test than AP. She took subject test a year after class so not ideal.
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