Sample Questions

1. All of the following characterize the domestic activities in the United States in the 1960s

A. Increased racial tension as schools, public transportation, and numerous other facilities continued
the process of integration
B. An “unconditional war on poverty” was declared by Lyndon Johnson
C. Voting Rights Act enfranchised many African-American voters and protected against
D. Increased racial tension led to both non-violent and violent action
E. Brown vs. Board of Education declared separate but equal schools unconstitutional

2. All of the following incidents took place during the Kennedy Administration EXCEPT

A. Cuban Missile Crisis
B. The failed Bay of Pigs Invasion
C. Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space
D. Alleged attack on the USS Maddox in the Gulf of Tonkin
E. Establishment of the Peace Corps

3. Which of the following men was a member of the first cabinet established by George

A. Thomas Jefferson
B. Andrew Jackson
C. Alexander Hamilton
D. John Jay
E. Henry Knox

4. Which of the following was not an important military event in World War II?

A. Battle of the Bulge
B. Battle of Britain
C. Operation Overlord
D. Stalingrad
E. The Gallipoli Campaign

Answers: 1.E, 2.D, 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 U.S. 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 American history with which you are less familiar. If you spent the past six months writing a report on the history of the Civil War, 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 U.S. History SAT 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 U.S. 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.