McGill requires all US students to submit SAT 2s for admission. School of Arts students must submit any two SAT 2s of their choosing. School of Arts and Science students must submit one math SAT 2 and any one SAT 2 of their choosing. Despite being a Canadian school, they still accept US History Subject Test scores to fulfill admissions criteria. Are you a US student wondering what a good US History Subject Test score would be at Canada’s prestigious McGill University?
Unlike almost every school reviewed on this website, McGill posts minimum accepted scores for the SAT 2. The minimum US History Test score is 600. It has the highest standard of any test other than Literature (610). It’s unlikely that you will get in with a 600 even if it is possible. The minimum range for the US History Test posted in their admission’s guide is 600-650. Admission minima for the school of Arts is 650 for the SAT I and II. The minima for the school of Arts and Science is 670 for the SAT I and II.
600 is a barely acceptable score. 650 is bordering on reasonable. 670 is passable in the presence of a good transcript. None of those scores are good. A good score is one at or above the average accepted applicant’s score.
There are limited statistics available for McGill. The school doesn’t provide a common data set online and their fact book is not publicly available. In order to get a better idea of what a good score is we’ll have to compare the performance of applicants at McGill to their counterparts in America. An A- is the acceptance minima for the school of Arts and Science. That’s a GPA of 3.70. Enrolled students with a high school GPA of 3.72 at the higher ranked University of Southern California typically have an average SAT score of about 690. Given that a GPA of 3.70 is a minimum we can safely assume that most accepted applicants have a higher GPA. Accepted students with a GPA of 3.80 at USC have average SAT scores 20 points higher at 710. This is probably closer to what McGill is expecting.
710 puts you in the top 4-6% of all SAT test-takers. You do not need to rank that high for the SAT Subject Test even if you might for the SAT 1. The reported US History SAT minimum is 10 points lower than the SAT Writing minimum and 20 points lower than the Critical Reading minimum. Most accepted students are probably submitting SAT 2s with scores lower than their SAT 1. Average McGill SAT 1 scores are probably about 710. A good US History SAT Subject Test score at McGill is probably 700.