U.S. History SAT Subject Test

The U.S. History Subject Test expects students to interpret information within specific eras and to make generalizations across time periods of U.S. History.

Our U.S. History Subject Test Program

Our approach to the U.S. History Subject Test is educational—we teach the core concepts in U.S. History that comprise the foundation of material tested on the exam. Our tutors develop individualized programs for each student's strengths, weaknesses, and background in history to reinforce what students learn in school.

Tutors impart an understanding of the major events and characteristics of each era in U.S. history. Students also learn how to approach specific question types, including interpreting charts, maps, and cartoons, evaluating primary source quotations, and anticipating social trends across eras. Meetings, homework, and timed practice tests all provide opportunities for the exercise and refinement of these core concepts and problem-solving skills.

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Time Periods Tested

Number of Questions


  • Politics
  • Society
  • Economics
  • Military history
  • Culture
  • Intellectual history

Early colonization through the Reagan administration

  • Most commonly tested period is 1800–1900
  • Occasional questions on Native Americans prior to Columbus' arrival
  • Occasional questions on modern presidencies

90 Multiple Choice Questions

1 Hour

How are SAT Subject Tests Scored?

  • All SAT Subject Test scores are scaled from 200 to 800.
  • A fraction of a point is deducted from the raw score for each incorrect answer.

When is the U.S. History Subject Test Taken?

Students can take the U.S. History Subject Test on any of the six official SAT Subject Test dates: October, November, December, May, June, and August. We recommend that most students take the official test in May or June near the end of an American History course in school.

Upcoming U.S. History Subject Test Dates and Registration Deadlines

Test Date

Registration Deadline

Late Registration Deadline

Accommodations Request Deadline

May 6, 2017

April 7, 2017

April 25, 2017

March 17, 2017

June 3, 2017

May 9, 2017

May 24, 2017

April 14, 2017

August 26, 2017

October 7, 2017

November 4, 2017

December 2, 2017

May 5, 2018

June 2, 2018


Tutors in Washington DC

Joshua Kaplan

Joshua Kaplan

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Literature, U.S. History, World History, LSAT, GMAT, GRE, SSAT; and more

J.D. from Yale Law School.
M.F.A. from University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.
B.A./B.S. in English and Film & Television from Boston University.
Mary Pickford Scholar; Phi Beta Kappa; Boston University Trustee Scholar; Florida Keys Emerging Playwright; Kodak Film Scholar.

Jordan Schwartz

Jordan Schwartz

Tutor of: SAT, ACT, Math Level 1, Literature, U.S. History, World History, LSAT, GRE, SSAT, ISEE; and more

B.A. in Politics from Brandeis University.
Harvey S. Bodker Outstanding Leadership Award.

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