SAT II World History
Things to beware about the SAT II Subject Test: World History exam are as follows.
- It tests "pre-history", which is unproven and often implausible speculation about a time period prior to historical records. This could be 5-10% of the exam.
- It uses "B.C.E." instead of "B.C." and "C.E." instead of "A.D.", even though no one denies that the dating system is based on the birth of Jesus.
- It is likely to credit humanism for the Renaissance, and credit the Enlightenment for more than it deserves. Christianity will receive little or no credit on the exam.
- Only 25% of this exam is about Europe. 10% is on EACH of Africa, Southwest Asia, South and Southeast Asia, East Asia and the Americas (areas other than the United States)
- The format of the test is one hour long, consisting of 95 multiple-choice questions. Many questions are written in a convoluted manner, and some students may run out of time.
- Questions that are "Global or Comparative" make up 25% of the exam.
- The CLEP exams on Western Civilization is a much better test of relevant historical knowledge. But the CLEP is more expensive than the SAT II (About $75 plus administrative fees for the CLEP compared with about $25 for the SAT II). However, a CLEP score actually confers college credits when administered in accordance with the requirements of a given college. The SAT II shows what a student knows before admission and is generally required as part of the admission process. Taking a CLEP test is informally known as "testing out" of a subject.
Tips for taking the exam
- Beware these words in answers, because these words are so sweeping that the answer is probably wrong: "only", "never", "always", "every" and "none".
- These words in an answer suggest that the answer may be the correct choice because they are not so sweeping: "rarely", "sometimes", "often" and "generally".