Study Guide

Overview and Test Objectives
Field 009: History

Test Overview

Table outlining the test format, number of questions, time, and passing score.
Format Computer-based test (CBT) and paper-based test (PBT)
Number of Questions 100 multiple-choice questions
Time
  • CBT: 2 hours 30 minutes*
  • PBT: up to 4 hours 30 minutes
    (up to 2 partial-session tests may be taken in one test session—test session information is on your test's information page)
Passing Score 220

*Does not include 15-minute CBT tutorial

Test Objectives

Table outlining test content and subject weighting by sub area and objective.
Subarea Range of Objectives Approximate Percentage of Questions on Test
I Historical Concepts and Skills 001–002 10%
II World History 003–009 33%
III U.S. History 010–016 33%
IV Interdisciplinary Perspectives 017–021 24%
Pie chart of approximate test weighting, detailed in the table below.

Subarea I—HISTORICAL CONCEPTS AND SKILLS

Objective 001—Understand historical terms, concepts, sources, and perspectives.

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Objective 002—Apply methods for conducting historical investigations and analyzing and interpreting historical information.

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Subarea II—WORLD HISTORY

Objective 003—Understand major events and developments in world history during Era 1, the beginnings of human society to 4000 BCE; and Era 2, early civilizations and cultures and the emergence of pastoral peoples, 4000 to 1000 BCE.

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Objective 004—Understand major events and developments in world history during Era 3, classical traditions, world religions, and major empires, 1000 BCE to 300 CE.

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Objective 005—Understand major events and developments in world history during Era 4, expanding and intensified hemispheric interactions, 300 to 1500 CE.

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Objective 006—Understand major events and developments in world history during Era 5, the emergence of the first global age, fifteenth to eighteenth centuries CE.

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Objective 007—Understand major events and developments in world history during Era 6, an age of global revolutions, eighteenth century to 1914 CE.

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Objective 008—Understand major events and developments in world history during Era 7, global crisis and achievement, 1900 to 1945 CE.

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Objective 009—Understand major events and developments in world history during Era 8, the Cold War and its aftermath, the twentieth century since 1945 CE.

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Subarea III—U.S. HISTORY

Objective 010—Understand major events and developments in U.S. history during Era 1, beginnings to 1620 CE; Era 2, colonization and settlement, 1585 to 1763 CE; and Era 3, revolution and the new nation, 1754 to 1800 CE.

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Objective 011—Understand major events and developments in U.S. history during Era 4, expansion and reform, 1792 to 1861 CE.

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Objective 012—Understand major events and developments in U.S. history during Era 5, the Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850 to 1877 CE.

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Objective 013—Understand major events in U.S. history during Era 6, the development of an industrial, urban, and global United States, 1870 to 1920 CE.

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Objective 014—Understand major events and developments in U.S. history during Era 7, the Great Depression and World War II, 1920 to 1945 CE.

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Objective 015—Understand major events and developments in U.S. history during Era 8, the post–World War II United States, 1945 to 1970 CE.

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Objective 016—Understand major events and developments in U.S. history during Era 8, the post–World War II United States, 1970 to 1989; and Era 9, America in a new global age, 1990 to the present.

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Subarea IV—INTERDISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES

Objective 017—Understand basic geographic concepts and the physical features of the earth.

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Objective 018—Understand the relationship between geography and history.

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Objective 019—Understand basic economic concepts and the relationship between economics and history.

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Objective 020—Understand basic political science concepts and the relationship between political science and history.

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Objective 021—Understand core democratic values, recognize the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in a democratic society, and apply methods for analyzing public policy questions.

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