SAT US HISTORY- How specific?

<p>For anyone who has taken the SAT 2 for US history, please answer this question.</p>

<p>My prep book gets ridiculously specific (like the % of Americans in labor unions in 1997) ; is the test ACTUALLY that specific?</p>

<p>How specific is it? Do I need to memorize the Constitution per se?</p>


<p>I was surprised at a few questions. One my son had trouble answering last year was really an Art History question - it had something to do with what kind of art was shown at the 1913 Armory Show.</p>

<p>i remember that question...the answer was cubism</p>

<p>How do all you cram for US History ? I mean the way you learn it.Does the history knowlegde automatically enter your head just by reading carefully? =)</p>

<p>I'm in an extremely precarious situation now, for there is only more than one month left for me to cram for the test:( (not to mention I'm an international student, so don't have any chance to take any US courses). If I read extensively all the materials I have in hand (sparknotes, AP notes downloaded from the internet), will I stand any chance of getting a 650-700? (my dream score is exactly 700:))</p>

<p>Please save my neck by telling me the most effective methods to prepare for the test. I know I'm exceedingly foolhardy to pick this subject but...I will sure follow your advice (except the advice to buy books because they aren't available in my country and my financial situation doesn't let me purchase ones on Amazon). I'm dying for you guys' replies. Thanks a ton ;)</p>

<p>US History will always have some trivia (WHo was the first female Vice PResidential Candidate?), but I found it to be pretty easy overall and managed to pull off a 760, mostly thanks to reading a 700 page AP review book. If you know the facts and can analyz charts or political cartoons you should be all set.</p>

<p>Thanks Xerian_Khan for your reply. So do you mean that you're able 2 remember everything that needs remembering just by reading carefully the materials? Did you really have to rmemorize the exact date/name of an event OR just the reasons that lead to and follow that event ?</p>

<p>Any more suggestions to rescue me from my plight (mentioned in my above post)?I desperately need you guys' advice. Please help me :)
Much obliged ^_^</p>

<p>I doubt you'll be able to memorize exact dates, in the time you have. Have you looked at the sample tests from past years? That will also give you an idea of how much detail you need. My son was lucky he took the test a few weeks after taking the AP US history test and a week or two before the NY Regents test in US History - so he'd been reviewing through his class. My guess is that because it's multiple choice there will be times when you will need to make some intelligent guesses. They won't ask you was it 6,7 or 8% of Americans in Unions, but they might ask was it less than 10%, about 50%, or over 75%.</p>

<p>It's really not that bad. It's quite a bit easier than the AP USH MC questions. I used the barrons SATII review book and if youre using that to study, it's about 10x harder than the real thing. If you have barrons I would reccommend just reading the info, and not taking the practice tests because theyre much harder than the test. Good Luck!</p>

<p>hey, dont worry about it dont memorize dates, just know kep important people, have a good sense of eras, movements, cause and effects. history isntall about memorization; dont memorize the bill of rights, or all the presidents because ur jsut wasting ur time. i got a 740 and I didnt memorize menial facts and details, jsut understand the big picture, and youll do great.</p>

<p>I've taken lots of practice tests, they don't look that bad. The Practice tests for Textbooks seem to be good preparation for this test.</p>

<p>I got a 770. If you are taking AP US History and the teacher prepares you well for the AP exam (I got a 5), you should be fine with a little review. I just went over some notes we had for the AP test... nothing SATII specific...</p>

<p>Read as much U.S. History as possible. Constantly quiz yourself over different time periods. Read some more. Take as many practice tests as possible. I started preparing for the AP and subject test three months before, during which I read my text book cover to cover several times. Yeah, I went overboard and had no life for about a month before the test when I really kicked into gear but I'd say it payed off. I got a 5 and 800 on the U.S. history tests. I think the thing that really motivated me was that I really really love U.S. history and wanted to do well. In my opinion the subject test didn't really measure factual knowledge as much as it should have. About half of it was charts, graphs, and political cartoons which was retarded. There were definatly some factual questions though, but they were mainly broad generalizations. Both the AP and Subject tests didn't cover any of the unforgettable presidents so I wouldn't worry too much about who they were or what they did. But it might be different for you. So yeah, hit the books, champ.</p>

<p>I took U.S history H soph year & euro Ap junior & i took the U.S SAT II end of junior and it was wicked easy, as long as u paid attention in ur u.s his course ur be fine</p>

<p>reading the textbook is usually sufficient.</p>

<p>geraldine ferraro?</p>

<p>You have the Kaplan book? I had it and looked at it the night before the test (the day of my US AP last year) and started FREAKING OUT over the specific information in it. I promise the actual test didn't include 99% of it...</p>

<p>There are a handful of questions that could be considered random history trivia, but generally, it's more if you know the basics of something, you can understand the question. For example, if it asked what something dealt with, if you knew that say it was related to an issue of slavery, the other choices tend to be unrelated...if you know what you're talking about.</p>