SAT Subject Tests: History
- Read, Read, Read. Read your notes, read your textbook,
handouts-whatever you can. By reading, you can get familiar with the
historical period that you're studying. If you know that your teacher
gives you a lot of questions directly from a text book then study
that. If most of the questions on previous tests have come from
lectures, then study your notes. If your teacher likes to give very
conceptual tests, then study the main issues of the historical period
you're studying. In other words, narrow down what to look at before
you begin to study. It is extremely overwhelming not knowing what to
start with, so use the kind of test your teacher gives as the criteria
for choosing where to start.
- If you have to write an essay on a history test, you should use
the same essay tips as I gave above in the English section. Always
make sure that you give historical evidence that backs up your
assertions. If you say, "The Aztecs were an advanced civilization"
give at least three examples that support that statement.
- Discuss some issues that are integral to the time period that the
test is on with a friend or in a study group. This way you can share
your ideas and enlighten yourself to those of others. These
discussions usually bring up some good essay topics, too.
- If you have dates to learn, make sure that you learn them well.
Start memorizing them at least a couple of days before the test so
that you won't be rushed. It will help if you use the same
memorization technique as I outlined for learning vocabulary, just put
the date on one side and the description of what happened on that date
on the other.
- Make a study sheet to look at right before the test. You can use
notes or even make a separate sheet. Whatever you do make sure that
you can get those dates and names in your head one last time before
the test starts.