So how many questions can you miss on an SAT II US History test and still score an 800? The answer is that we don’t know for sure. The College Board’s SAT Subject Tests in US History and World History: Study Guide contains two official practice tests. Since the book was published in 2006 both of these tests and thus their scales are at least 7 years old. The scales for these two tests were very generous. The scales on pages 61 and 104 show that you can miss 8 – 9 questions (Don’t forget that there is still a guessing penalty on SAT II tests) and still score an 800. I do not believe that these scales reflect the current reality of the much harsher scales the CB is currently using. A number of my students just received their scores for the May SAT II US History test. I am very pleased to report that all of my students scored between a 770 and an 800. The students who scored an 800 believe that they missed no more than 4 or 5 questions while the students who scored 780 believe that they missed 6 – 7 questions. I believe that this is an accurate approximation of the current reality of how SAT II US History tests are scaled.

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  • Jack Landry

    I got a 780 and on the two practice tests from the college board I got a 770 and a 790 the day before the test, so I think those scales are pretty accurate.