Sample Questions

1. Which of the following thinkers is NOT matched with a famous work attributed to him or her

A. Confucius – Analects
B. Plato – The Republic
C. Desiderius Erasmus – In Praise of Folly
D. St. Thomas Aquinas – Confessions
E. Niccolò Machiavelli – The Prince

2. What is one significant distinguishing feature between the civilizations that developed in North
and South America and those in other parts of the world?

A. They lacked a distinctive class structure.
B. They did not benefit from the seasonal floods of rivers.
C. They did not engage in intensive agriculture.
D. They did not participate in large architectural projects.
E. They lacked any sort of technical innovation.

3. The Brezhnev Doctrine of 1968

A. justified Soviet and Warsaw Pact intervention in Eastern European countries.
B. liberalized the Soviet Union.
C. rectified mistakes of previous leader Stalin.
D. led to the Prague Spring later the same year.
E. aimed at attaining détente between the superpowers.

4. Which ancient empire's leaders were noted for having advisers called 'the Eyes and Ears of the
King' who would inform the leader of what was going on in the empire?

A. Assyrian Empire
B. Mauryan Empire
C. Mughal Empire
D. Han China
E. Achaemenid Persia

Answers: 1.D, 2.B, 3.A, 4.E

Please note that this sample is not meant to represent every question type that you will encounter on
the exam. It is meant to give you a general idea of what the World History questions are like. For
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Test Prep Strategies

  • Play to your strengths! When studying for the exam, you should spend more time on the areas of World History with which you are less familiar. If you spent the past six months writing a report on the history of Ancient Greece, then you are probably more than prepared for any questions about that era. So, focus your energy on the topics you may never have studied or don't fully understand.
  • Stay confident! It is essential to have confidence when taking any exam, but for the SAT World History exam this is especially true. There is no order to the difficulty of questions, so there may be stretches of the exam when you feel like nothing makes sense or even seems remotely familiar. However, staying confident will allow you to remain calm and analyze the question effectively.
  • Study! As the exam tests your knowledge of World History, as opposed to your reasoning abilities, the only surefire way to attain your desired score is to study!
  • Remember the basics! Some questions will be easy to solve just by having a basic idea of the era or event.
  • Use the process of elimination! Even if you don't know the exact answer, if you can eliminate one or two incorrect options, your chances of getting the question right increase substantially.