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A.P. Psychology Course Materials:

 

A.P. Psychology Course Syllabus (2017-2018):

A.P. Psychology Course Syllabus (2017-2018)

 

A.P. Psychology Assignment Instructions:

A.P. Psychology: Unit Outlines

A.P. Psychology: FRQs

A.P. Psychology: Research Study Responses

 

A.P. Psychology Links:

 

CollegeBoard: Psychology:

http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/sub_psych.html

 

CollegeBoard: A.P. Psychology Free-Response Questions:

http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/psych/samp.html?phych

 

Teacher-Created A.P. Psychology Site:

http://www.appsychology.com/

 

A.P. Psychology Summer Assignment 

 

Please note:

*All students electing to take A.P. Psychology are required to take the A.P. exam, regardless of whether their prospective colleges give credit for it.

*All A.P. Psychology summer assignment work is due on the first day of school, Thu., 9/7/17.

*If you have any questions about the A.P. Psychology summer assignment, you may e-mail Mr. McCormick at pmccormi@somsd.k12.nj.us, as he will be checking his e-mail periodically over the summer.  Please allow up to a week for a response.

 

A.P. Psychology Summer Assignment Materials:

A.P. Psychology Course Syllabus (2017-2018)

A.P Psychology Summer Assignment - Instructions

A.P. Psychology Summer Assignment - Unit Outlines

A.P. Psychology Summer Assignment - Prologue Reading

A.P. Psychology Summer Assignment - Prologue Questions

A.P. Psychology Summer Assignment - Receipt

 

A.P. Psychology Absent Materials:

 

*For a list of all assignments, point values, and grades, please visit PowerSchool:

http://www.powerschool.somsd.k12.nj.us

 

*A.P. Psychology Exam Topic Review Schedule:

A.P. Psychology Exam Topic Review Schedule

 

Week of 9/1/14:

*9/5/14: Serial Testimony Introductions

 

Week of 9/8/14: 

9/8/15: A.P. Psychology - Course Syllabus (2015-2016)

9/8/15: Review Syllabus

*9/9/15: Summer Assignment Discussion Questions

*9/10/15: Summer Assignment Discussion Questions

*9/11/15: Summer Assignment Discussion Questions 

 

Week of 9/14/15: 

Unit 1 (Prologue Chapter): History & Approaches to Psychology Essential Question:How did Psychology begin, as a science, and what are the modern psychological perspectives?

9/16/15: A.P. Psychology 1 (A) - Historical Approaches of Psychology

9/16/15: A.P. Psychology 1 - F.R.Q.

9/16/15: A.P. Psychology 1 - Key People

9/16/15: A.P. Psychology 1 - Vocabulary Terms

9/17/15: A.P. Psychology 1 (B) - Contemporary Approaches to Psychology

9/18/15: A.P. Psychology 1 (C) - Contemporary Approaches to Psychology

9/18/15: A.P. Psychology 1 (C) - Contemporary Approaches to Psychology

9/18/15: A.P. Psychology 1 - Research Study 37

 

Week of 9/21/15: 

9/21/15: A.P. Psychology 1 (D) - Psychology's Subfields

9/21/15: A.P. Psychology 1 (D) - Psychology's Subfields

9/22/15: A.P. Psychology 1 (E) - Tips for Studying Psychology

*9/24/15: Unit 1 Quiz

*9/25/15: Review Course Materials

 

Week of 9/28/15:

*9/28/15: A.P. Psychology S.G.O. Pre-Test (Multiple Choice)

*9/29/15: A.P. Psychology S.G.O. Pre-Test (F.R.Q.)  

Unit 2 (Chapter 1): Research Methods Essential Question:How do psychologists conduct scientific research, and how do they apply their findings to better understanding human behavior?

9/30/15: A.P. Psychology 2 (A) - The Need for Psychological Science

9/30/15: A.P. Psychology 2 - Key People

9/30/15: A.P. Psychology 2 - Vocabulary Terms

9/30/15: A.P. Psychology 2 - Research Study 13 

10/1/15: A.P. Psychology 2 (B) - Non-Experimental Research Designs

10/2/15: A.P. Psychology 2 (C) - Experimental Research Designs

 

Week of 10/5/15:

10/5/15: A.P. Psychology 2 (D) - Problems and Solutions in Research

10/6/15: A.P. Psychology 2 (D) - Creating an Experiment

*10/6/15: Unit 2 Quiz

10/7/15: A.P. Psychology 2 (E) - Ethics in Psychological Research

10/7/15: A.P. Psychology 2 (E) - Ethics in Psychological Research

*10/7/15: Unit 2 F.R.Q. (In-Class)

*10/8/15: Work on "Creating an Experiment"

*10/9/15: Work on "Creating an Experiment" 

 

Week of 10/12/15:

*10/12/15: Discussion of Educational Climate at CHS

10/13/15: A.P. Psychology 2 (F) - Statistics in Psychological Research (1)

10/13/15: A.P. Psychology 2 (F) - Statistics in Psychological Research (1)

10/14/15: A.P. Psychology 2 (G) - Statistics in Psychological Research (2)

10/14/15: A.P. Psychology 2 (G) - Statistics in Psychological Research (2)

*10/15/15: Review for Units 1 & 2 Test 

*10/16/16: Units 1 & 2 (Prologue & Chapter 1) Test

 

Week of 10/19/15: 

Unit 3 (Chapters 2 & 4): Biological Bases of Behavior Essential Question: How are human thought and behavior influenced by the following: the nervous system, the endocrine system, the brain, and genetics?

10/21/15: A.P. Psychology 3-A (A) - The Neuron

10/21/15: A.P. Psychology 3-A (A) - The Neuron

10/21/15: A.P. Psychology 3-A (A) - The Neuron

10/21/15: A.P. Psychology 3-A - Research Study 2

10/21/15: A.P. Psychology 3-A - Quiz Study Guide

10/22/15: A.P. Psychology 3-A (B) - Neural Communication and Neurotransmitters

10/22/15: A.P. Psychology 3-A (B) - Neural Communication and Neurotransmitters

10/23/15: A.P. Psychology 3-A (C) - Drugs and Neurotransmitters

 

Week of 10/26/15: 

10/25/15: A.P. Psychology 3-A (D) - The Nervous System

10/25/15: A.P. Psychology 3-A (D) - The Nervous System

10/25/15: A.P. Psychology 3-A (D) - The Nervous System

*10/26/15: Unit 3-A Quiz 

10/27/15: A.P. Psychology 3-A (E) - The Endocrine System

10/27/15: A.P. Psychology 3-A (E) - The Endocrine System

10/28/15: A.P. Psychology 3-B (A) - Brain Monitoring Tools

10/28/15: A.P. Psychology 3-B (A) - Brain Monitoring Tools

10/28/15: A.P. Psychology 3 - Key People

10/28/15: A.P. Psychology 3-B - 3-D Brain Model Project

10/29/15: A.P. Psychology 3-B (B) - Older Brain Structures

10/29/15: A.P. Psychology 3-B (B) - Older Brain Structures

10/29/15: A.P. Psychology 3-B (B) - Older Brain Structures

10/29/15: A.P. Psychology 3-B - Research Study 1

10/29/15: A.P. Psychology 3-B - Quiz Study Guide

 

Week of 11/2/15:

11/2/15: A.P. Psychology 3-B (C) - The Cerebral Cortex

11/2/15: A.P. Psychology 3-B (C) - The Cerebral Cortex

11/4/15: A.P. Psychology 3-B (D) - The Brain and Language

11/4/15: A.P. Psychology 3-B (D) - The Brain and Language

 

Week of 11/9/15: 

11/9/15: A.P. Psychology 3-B (E) - Right-Left Differences in the Brain

11/9/15 A.P. Psychology 3-B (E) - Right-Left Differences in the Brain

*11/10/15: Unit 3-B Quiz

11/10/15: A.P. Psychology 3-B (F) - The Brain and Consciousness

11/10/15: A.P. Psychology 3-C - Research Study 3

11/11/15: A.P. Psychology 3-C (A) - Behavior Genetics

11/11/15: A.P. Psychology 3-C (A) - Behavior Genetics

11/11/15: A.P. Psychology 3-C (A) - Behavior Genetics

11/11/15: A.P. Psychology 3 - Vocabulary Terms

11/12/15: A.P. Psychology 3-C (B) - Twin Studies

11/13/15: A.P. Psychology 3-C (C) - Heritability and Molecular Genetics

11/13/15: A.P. Psychology 3-C (C) - Heritability and Molecular Genetics

11/13/15: A.P. Psychology 3-C (C) - Heritability and Molecular Genetics

11/13/15: A.P. Psychology 3-C (C) - Heritability and Molecular Genetics

 

Week of 11/16/15:

*11/16/15: A.P. Psychology 3-C (C) - Heritability and Molecular Genetics 

11/17/15: A.P. Psychology 3-C (D) - Evolutionary Psychology

*11/17/15: Turn in "3-D Brain Model" projects

*11/18/15: Unit 3 Quiz 

Unit 4 (Chapter 6): Sensation and Perception Essential Question: How do people use the 7 known senses to understand the world around them?

11/19/15: A.P. Psychology 4 (A) - Sensation, Perception, and Attention

11/19/15: A.P. Psychology 4 (A) - Hand-Out 6-12

11/19/15: A.P. Psychology 4 - Key People

11/19/15: A.P. Psychology 4-A - Vocabulary Terms

11/19/15: A.P. Psychology 4-B - Vocabulary Terms

11/19/15: A.P. Psychology 4 - Research Study 5

11/20/15: A.P. Psychology 4 - Touch Box Project

11/20/15: A.P. Psychology 4 (B) - Thresholds and Sensory Adaptation

11/20/15: A.P. Psychology 4 (B) - Thresholds and Sensory Adaptation

 

Week of 11/23/15: 

11/23/15: A.P. Psychology 4 (C) - Vision

11/23/15: A.P. Psychology 4 (C) - Vision

11/23/15: A.P. Psychology 4 (C) - Vision

11/23/15: A.P. Psychology 4 (C) - Vision

11/23/15: A.P. Psychology 4 - Touch Box Project

*11/24/15: Unit 4-A Quiz 

11/25/15: A.P. Psychology 4 (D) - Hearing

11/25/15: A.P. Psychology 4 (D) - Hearing

 

Week of 11/30/15: 

11/30/15: A.P. Psychology 4 (E) - Other Senses

11/30/15: A.P. Psychology 4 (E) - Other Senses

11/30/15: A.P. Psychology 4 (E) - Other Senses

11/30/15: A.P. Psychology 4 (E) - Other Senses

11/30/15: A.P. Psychology 4 (E) - Other Senses

11/30/15: A.P. Psychology 4 (F) - Claims of Extrasensory Perception (ESP)

*12/1/15: Unit 4-B Quiz 

12/1/15: A.P. Psychology 4 (G) - Perceptual Organization and Interpretation

12/1/15: A.P. Psychology 4 (G) - Perceptual Organization and Interpretation

12/1/15: A.P. Psychology 4 (G) - Perceptual Organization and Interpretation

12/1/15: A.P. Psychology 4 (G) - Perceptual Organization and Interpretation

12/1/15: A.P. Psychology 4 (G) - Perceptual Organization and Interpretation

12/1/15: A.P. Psychology 4 (G) - Perceptual Organization and Interpretation

12/2/15: A.P. Psychology 4 (E) - Sensation Lab

*12/3/15: Units 3 & 4 (Chapters 2, 4, & 6) Test

 

Week of 12/7/15: 

Unit 5 (Chapter 3): States of Consciousness Essential Question: What are the psychological roles of sleep, and how is one's consciousness affected by hypnosis, meditation, and various drugs?

12/7/15: A.P. Psychology 5 (A) - Consciousness and Sleep

12/7/15: A.P. Psychology 5 (A) - Consciousness and Sleep

12/7/15: A.P. Psychology 5 (A) - Hand-Out 3-8

12/7/15: A.P. Psychology 5 (A) - Hand-Out 4-1

12/7/15: A.P. Psychology 5 - Key People

12/7/15: A.P. Psychology 5 - Vocabulary Terms

12/9/15: A.P. Psychology 5 (B) - Sleep Disorders

12/9/15: A.P. Psychology 5 (B) - Sleep Disorders

12/9/15: A.P. Psychology 5 (B) - Hand-Out 3-9

12/9/15: A.P. Psychology 5 - Research Study 8

12/10/15: A.P. Psychology 5 (C) - Hypnosis

12/11/15: A.P. Psychology 5 (D) - Dream Content and Theories

12/11/15: A.P. Psychology 5 (D) - Dream Content and Theories

12/11/15: A.P. Psychology 5 (D) - Dream Content and Theories

12/11/15: A.P. Psychology 5 (D) - Hand-Out 3-13

12/11/15: A.P. Psychology 5 (D) - Freud's Letter on Dream Interpretation

*12/11/15: Unit 6 Quiz

 

Week of 12/14/15: 

12/14/15 A.P. Psychology 5 (E) - Drugs and Consciousness

12/14/15: A.P. Psychology 5 (E) - Drugs and Consciousness

12/14/15: A.P. Psychology 5 (E) - Drugs and Consciousness

Unit 6 (Chapter 7): Learning Essential Question: How is behavior influenced by one's environment, rewards/punishments, and social interactions?

12/15/15: A.P. Psychology 6 (A) - Classical Conditioning

12/15/15: A.P. Psychology 6 (A) - Classical Conditioning

12/15/15: A.P. Psychology 6 - Key People

12/15/15: A.P. Psychology 6 - Research Study 10

12/15/15: A.P. Psychology 6 - Vocabulary Terms

12/15/15: A.P. Psychology 6 (A) - Misportraying Pavlov's Apparatus

12/16/15: A.P. Psychology 6 (B) - Classical Conditioning (2)

12/16/15: A.P. Psychology 6 (B) - Classical Conditioning (2)

12/16/15: A.P. Psychology 6 (B) - What Ever Happened to Little Albert

12/17/15: A.P. Psychology 6 (C) - Operant Conditioning

12/17/15: A.P. Psychology 6 (C) - Operant Conditioning

12/18/15: A.P. Psychology 6 (D) - Operant Conditioning (2)

12/18/15: A.P. Psychology 6 (D) - Operant Conditioning (2)

12/18/15: A.P. Psychology 6 (D) - Hand-Out 7-7

12/18/15: A.P. Psychology 6 (D) - Hand-Out 7-4

 

Week of 12/21/15: 

12/21/15: A.P. Psychology 6 (E) - Operant Conditioning (3)

12/21/15: A.P. Psychology 6 (E) - Hand-Out 7-8

12/21/15: A.P. Psychology 6 (F) - Learning By Observation

*12/21/15: Unit 6 Quiz (After School; Extra Credit) 

*12/22/15: Units 5 & 6 (Chapters 3 & 7) Test

*12/23/15: Review Course Materials

 

Week of 1/4/16:

1/5/15: A.P. Psychology 7-A(A) - The Phenomenon of Memory

1/5/15: Unit 7-A - Key People

1/5/15: A.P. Psychology 7-A - Research Study 16

1/5/15: A.P. Psychology 7-A - Vocabulary Terms 

1/6/15: A.P. Psychology 7-A (B) - Encoding

 

Week of 1/11/16:

1/11/16: A.P. Psychology - Unit 7-A

1/11/16: A.P. Psychology - Unit 7-B

1/11/16: A.P. Psychology - Unit 7-B Vocabulary Terms

1/12/16: A.P. Psychology - Unit 8 Vocabulary Terms 

 

Week of 1/18/16:

1/19/16: A.P. Psychology - Unit 8-A

1/19/16: A.P. Psychology - Unit 8-B

 

Week of 2/1/16:

2/1/16: A.P. Psychology 9 - Prenatal Development and the Newborn

2/1/16: A.P. Psychology 9 - Key People

2/1/16: A.P. Psychology 9 - Research Study Response #17

 

Week of 2/15/16:

2/16/16: Unit 10 (A)

2/16/16: Unit 10 (A) 

2/16/16: Unit 10 (B)

2/16/16: Unit 10 (C)

2/16/16: Unit 10 (D) 

2/16/16: Unit 10 Key People

2/16/16: Unit 10 Vocabulary Terms 

 

Week of 2/22/16:

2/24/16: Unit 11 PowerPoint

2/24/16: Unit 11 Key People

2/24/16: Unit 11 Vocabulary Terms 

 

Week of 3/8/16:

3/8/16: Unit 12 PowerPoint

3/8/16: Unit 12 Key People

3/8/16: Unit 12 Vocabulary Terms

 

Week of 3/21/16:

3/21/16: Unit 13 PowerPoint

3/21/16: Unit 13 Key People

3/21/16: Unit 13 Vocabulary Terms

 

Week of 3/28/16:

3/28/16: Unit 14 Vocabulary Terms

3/28/16: Unit 14 Key People

3/28/16: Unit 14 Vocabulary Terms 

 

APril Madness FRQs:

APril Madness: Unit 1 FRQ 

APril Madness: Unit 2 FRQ

APril Madness: Unit 3 FRQ 

APril Madness: Unit 4 FRQ 

APril Madness: Unit 5 FRQ 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week of 1/7/15:

1/7/15: Unit 7-A Notes

1/14/15: Unit 7-B Notes

1/14/15: Unit 7-B - Key People

1/14/15: A.P. Psychology 7-B - Vocabulary Terms 

 

Week of 1/19/15:

1/20/15: A.P. Psychology - Mid-term Exam Study Guide

1/21/15: A.P. Psychology 8-A - Motivation and Work

1/22/15: A.P. Psychology 8-B - Emotions, Stress, and Health

 

Week of 2/2/15:

2/2/15: A.P. Psychology 9 - Vocabulary Terms

2/2/15: A.P. Psychology 9 - Key People

2/2/15: A.P. Psychology 9 - Research Study 17

 

Week of 2/9/15:

2/9/15: A.P. Psychology 9 - Developmental Psychology 

 

Week of 2/23/15:

2/23/15: A.P. Psychology - Unit 10 Vocabulary Terms

2/23/15: A.P. Psychology - Unit 10 Key People

2/23/15: A.P. Psychology - RSR #26

2/23/15: A.P. Psychology - Unit 10 (1)

2/24/15: A.P. Psychology - Unit 10 (2) 

2/25/15: A.P. Psychology - Unit 10 (3) 

2/26/15: A.P. Psychology - Unit 10 (1) 

 

Week of 3/2/15:

3/5/15: Unit 11 - Testing and Individual Differences 

3/5/15: Unit 11 - Vocabulary Terms

3/5/15: Unit 11 - Key People

3/5/15: Research Study Response #14 

 

 

Week of 3/16/15:

3/16/15: Unit 12 - Abnormal Psychology

3/16/15: Unit 12 - Vocabulary Terms

3/16/15: Unit 12 - Key People

3/19/15: A.P. Psychology Exam Review Letter 

3/19/15: A.P. Psychology Exam Review Packet

3/19/15: A.P. Psychology Exam Review Packet Due Dates

 

Week of 3/23/15:

3/25/15: A.P. Psychology - Treatment for Psychological Disorders 

3/25/15: Unit 13 - Vocabulary Terms 

 

The following materials are subject to change:

1/14/14: A.P. Psychology 8-B - Key People

1/14/14: A.P. Psychology 8-B - F.R.Q.

1/14/14: A.P. Psychology 8-B - Research Study 22

*1/15/14: A.P. Psychology 8-B - Emotions, Stress, and Health

*1/16/14: A.P. Psychology 8-B - Emotions, Stress, and Health

*1/17/14: Unit 8 Quiz

 

*2/21/13: A.P. Psychology 10 - Personality

2/21/13: A.P. Psychology 10 - Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

2/21/13: A.P. Psychology - Careers for Introverts

*2/22/13: A.P. Psychology 10 - Personality

 

Week of 2/25/13:

*2/25/13: A.P. Psychology 10 - Personality

*2/26/13: Unit 10 Quiz

*2/27/13: A.P. Psychology 10 - Personality

*2/28/13: A.P. Psychology 10 - Personality

*3/1/13: A.P. Psychology 10 - Personality

 

Week of 3/4/13:

*3/4/13: Unit 10 Quiz

3/4/13: A.P. Psychology 11 - Testing and Individual Differences

3/4/13: A.P. Psychology 11 - Key People

3/4/13: A.P. Psychology 11 - Vocabulary Terms

*3/6/13: A.P. Psychology 11 - Testing and Individual Differences

*3/7/13: No Class [HSPA Testing] - Review A.P. Psychology 11 - Testing and Individual Differences

*3/8/13: A.P. Psychology 11 - Testing and Individual Differences

 

Week of 3/11/13:

*3/11/13: A.P. Psychology 11 - Testing and Individual Differences

*3/12/13: A.P. Psychology 11 - Testing and Individual Differences

*3/13/13: Unit 11 Quiz

3/14/13: A.P. Psychology 12 - Abnormal Psychology

3/14/13: A.P. Psychology 12 - Key People

3/14/13: A.P. Psychology 12 - F.R.Q.

3/14/13: A.P. Psychology 12 - Research Study 31

3/14/13: A.P. Psychology 12 - Vocabulary Terms

*3/15/13: A.P. Psychology 12 - Abnormal Psychology

3/15/13: A.P. Psychology Test Review Letter

 

Week of 3/18/13:

*3/18/13: A.P. Psychology 12 - Abnormal Psychology

*3/19/13: A.P. Psychology 12 - Abnormal Psychology

*3/20/13: A.P. Psychology 12 - Abnormal Psychology

*3/21/13: A.P. Psychology 12 - Abnormal Psychology

*3/22/13: Unit 12 Quiz

 

Week of 3/25/13:

3/25/13: A.P. Psychology 13 - Treatment for Psychological Disorders

3/25/13: A.P. Psychology 13 - Key People

3/25/13: A.P. Psychology 13 - F.R.Q.

3/25/13: A.P. Psychology 13 - Research Study 34

3/25/13: A.P. Psychology 13 - Vocabulary Terms

*3/26/13: A.P. Psychology 13 - Treatment for Psychological Disorders

*3/27/13: A.P. Psychology 13 - Treatment for Psychological Disorders

*3/28/13: A.P. Psychology 13 - Treatment for Psychological Disorders

 

Week of 4/1/13:

*4/1/13: A.P. Psychology 13 - Treatment for Psychological Disorders

*4/2/13: Unit 13 Quiz

4/3/13: A.P. Psychology 14 - Social Psychology

4/3/13: A.P. Psychology 14 - Key People

4/3/13: A.P. Psychology 14 - F.R.Q.

4/3/13: A.P. Psychology 14 - Vocabulary Terms

4/3/13: A.P. Psychology 14- Obedience to Authority

4/3/13: A.P. Psychology 14 - Conformity Vs. Obedience

4/3/13: A.P. Psychology 14 - Stanley Milgram

*4/4/13: A.P. Psychology 14 - Social Psychology

*4/5/13: A.P. Psychology 14 - Social Psychology

 

Week of 4/8/13:

*4/8/13 - 4/12/13: Spring Break: Review Unit 14: Social Psychology

Taking AP Exams can be stressful, but if you know what to expect on test day, you can eliminate a lot of that anxiety. The AP Psychology exam is one of the more popular AP tests, and it has a pretty straightforward format and scoring system. In this article, I'll tell you what's on the AP Psychology test, how it's graded, and which prep methods you should use to get a great score. 

 

How Is the AP Psychology Exam Structured?

The AP Psych test consists of a multiple choice section and a free response section. 

 

Section 1: Multiple Choice

  • 100 questions
  • 70 minutes
  • Worth two-thirds of your score

Questions on the multiple choice section will ask you to:

  • Use psychological terms to label specific scenarios.
  • Show that you understand concepts from psychological theories.
  • Understand the scientific and physiological basis of psychological theories and disorders and give appropriate explanations.
  • Show that you understand the scientific method and how to interpret findings from research studies.

 

Section 2: Free Response 

  • Two questions
  • 50 minutes
  • Worth one-third of your score

Questions will ask you to:

  • Relate different content areas within the realm of psychology.
  • Evaluate and analyze theoretical perspectives and psychological concepts.
  • Answer in complete sentences and follow the directions of the prompt. 

 

AP Psychology is one of the shorter AP exams, clocking in at just two hours total. In 2018, the exam will take place on Monday, May 7th at noon.


Ah, May. The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, and the rustle of freshly opened AP test booklets fills the air.

 

Topics and Example Questions 

I’ll give you some real examples of test questions so you can get a better idea of what the AP Psychology test is like. As a preface to the questions, here are the topics you’ll see on the test, ordered from most to least common. You should consult this list to make sure that you've fully reviewed the content for the test and aren't missing anything (especially in the most common topic areas).

 

Topic

Percent of Questions

Research Methods (how experiments are conducted, statistics, ethics)

8-10%

Biological Bases of Behavior (anatomy, genetics, medical techniques)

8-10%

Cognition (memory, language, problem-solving)

8-10%

Social Psychology (group dynamics, attribution processes, conformity/compliance/obedience, cultural influences, antisocial behavior, attitudes)

8-10%

Abnormal Psychology (disorders, theories of origin, and diagnoses)

7-9%

Developmental Psychology (nature-nurture psychological dynamics, general theories of development, research methods)

7-9%

Learning (types of conditioning, social learning, cognitive processes)

7-9%

Sensation and Perception (perceptual processes, sensory mechanisms, attention, Signal Detection Theory)

6-8%

Motivation and Emotion (theories and biological bases of motivation and emotion, stress, social motives)

6-8%

Personality (personality theories, assessment techniques, growth and adjustment)

5-7%

Testing and Individual Differences (standardization and norms, validity of testing models, measuring intelligence, ethics in testing)

5-7%

Treatment of Psychological Disorders (types of therapy and treatment approaches)

5-7%

States of Consciousness (sleep and dreaming, hypnosis, psychoactive drug effects)

2-4%

History and Approaches (history of psychology, different fields of psychology)

2-4%

 

Multiple Choice Question Example

Here is a sample question from the latest official AP Psychology course description:  

Which of the following behaviors is most clearly associated with Jean Piaget’s concrete operational stage?

A. Sally thinks everyone’s favorite color is blue because it is her favorite color.
B. Tom received the highest grade in his philosophy course.
C. Gracie forgets about her toy because it is under her blanket.
D. Nikos can consider both the height and width of a container.
E. Ava does not like being around unfamiliar people.

 

To answer this question, you would need to be familiar with Piaget’s psychological theory and the behaviors that correspond with each of his proposed stages. Piaget’s theory of development has four stages: sensorimotor, preoperational, concrete operational, and formal operations. The concrete operational stage typically happens between the ages of 7 and 11. This stage is when a child becomes capable of applying logical and operational thought to physical objects but isn’t quite capable of abstract logic yet.

Let’s go through the possibilities!

Choice A doesn’t have anything to do with the concrete operational stage, so we can eliminate that answer. Choice B seems like it’s beyond the concrete operational stage. Philosophy involves a lot of abstract reasoning! This choice can be eliminated as well. The child in Choice C is too underdeveloped. Kids in the concrete operational stage have spacial awareness, so we can get rid of this one. Choice D seems like it makes sense! This is the stage where kids start to understand logically that a tall skinny glass might hold the same amount of water as a short wide glass. Choice E appears to be unrelated to the concrete operational stage, so we can eliminate it. We can conclude that Choice D is the correct answer.

"I ga ga, therefore I goo goo." Tom, please stop.

 

Free Response Question Example

The following free response question was on the 2012 version of the AP Psychology exam:

1a. Annabelle is planning to apply to college but has not yet decided where she will apply. Describe how the following psychological concepts and terms relate to her choice.

  • Availability heuristic
  • Compliance
  • Prefrontal cortex
  • Prospective memory

1b. Explain how the following psychological concepts could relate to how well Annabelle adapts when she begins her college career. 

  • Agoraphobia
  • Crystallized intelligence
  • Ethnocentrism

 

For this free response question, you must understand what each of the terms mean and how they relate to this specific situation. To earn your first point on part A, you would have to explain how the availability heuristic may have affected Annabelle’s college decision. 

The scoring guidelines state: “Students must establish that Annabelle’s decision-making processes or her choices about college, or both, are influenced by information that comes most readily to mind.” For example, you might say that Annabelle decided to apply to UCLA because her parents went there and they talk to her about it very frequently, so it was at the forefront of her mind in the decision-making process. You would then go on to relate the three remaining terms to Annabelle's college search process. You could earn a maximum of four points in part A of this question (one point for each description). 

Part B asks you to explain how certain psychological concepts might relate to Annabelle's adaptation to her new college environment. For agoraphobia, the scoring guidelines say, “students must explain how Annabelle’s fear inhibits her from engaging in college life.” This could be something like describing how Annabelle’s fear of crowds led her to skip orientation activities and miss out on meeting new friends. You would need to do the same for the other two terms to earn the full three points for part B. For a more detailed description of how responses to this question were scored, you can review the scoring guidelines here.

 

"Does free will exist, or am I just a made-up person who exists solely to provide context for a question on an exam taken by beings in an alternate universe?" Oh Annabelle, save it for college. 

 

How Is the AP Psychology Exam Scored?

Now that you know a little more about the content of the test, you should also be aware of how your final AP score is calculated. As I mentioned above, the multiple-choice section is worth two-thirds of your score, and the free response section is worth one-third of your score. For multiple choice, scoring is relatively simple. You get a point for every question you answer correctly. No points are deducted for incorrect answers or questions that you left blank. You can earn a maximum of 100 points on the multiple choice section.

Free response questions are reviewed by AP graders. You’ll get a score out of 7 or 8 for each of the two questions. Each of these scores is multiplied by 3.125 so that together they make up one-third of your total raw score. 

Your raw score is then compared to the curve calculated by the College Board to see what score you’ll get on the 1-5 scale. The following table has the most recent information I could find for raw to AP score conversions on the AP Psychology test. Keep in mind that each year the curve is slightly different, so this will lead to a rough estimate of your score, not an exact prediction:

 

Raw Composite Score

AP Score

Percentage of Students with This Score (2017)

113-150

5

18.8%

93-112

4

25.5%

77-92

3

20.1%

65-76

2

14.7%

0-64

1

21.2%

 

So, for example, let’s say you got 55 questions right on the multiple choice section and scored a four on one free response question and a five on the other. This would add up to a raw score of 83 because 55 + (4*3.125) + (5*3.125)= 83.125. This would translate to a 3 for a final AP score.

 

 

What’s the Best Way to Prep for the AP Psychology Exam?

If you’re aware of the structure and content of the AP Psychology test, you can employ specific prep methods that will lead to success on the test. Here are a few review methods that will give you a better chance of earning a high score. 

 

Tip #1: Take Practice Tests

The best way to prepare for standardized tests like this one is to take practice tests so that you have a good idea of where your weaknesses lie. Practice tests will also help you get used to the format and the specific types of questions that are on the AP Psych exam. Here are some practice free response questions from previous years (up to 2017), and here is a pdf of a full official practice test.

To simulate the real testing experience, I would recommend that you print out the test and write/bubble in your answers to the questions rather than doing them on the computer. You should also time yourself accurately so you can be sure that you won't run out of time during the actual exam. After you take a practice test or two, you can review your answers and see which content areas gave you the most trouble. Focus on going over topics where you had the highest concentration of incorrect answers.

 

Tip #2: Use the Topic Breakdown Information

For AP Psychology, we know exactly which topics will be covered and how frequently we can expect to see them on the test. This is valuable information, and you can use it to your advantage when studying. Spend more time reviewing unfamiliar topics that are especially common on the exam. It's better to know the ins and outs of a high-frequency topic really well than to have a rudimentary knowledge of two low-frequency topics. Prioritize wisely! 

 

A topic breakdown sounds almost like a topic breakdance! Am I relating to the youth yet?

 

Tip #3: Learn to Budget Your Time Appropriately

This is something you can do in conjunction with taking practice tests. On AP Psychology, you only have around 40 seconds for each multiple-choice question, so you have to be smart about skipping questions that are taking up too much of your time. If you take a practice test and find that you’re running out of time, you may need to push yourself to work faster or move on from difficult questions more quickly.

You’ll also have just 25 minutes for each free response question on the test. The good news is that free response questions on AP psychology are scored based on the information you provide, not on your mastery of essay format. You don’t have to include an introduction and conclusion, which will save you a lot of time.

 

Tip #4: Terms Are Important: Go Over Them!

On the AP Psych exam, it’s very important that you know the meanings of key terms related to the course. Questions will often ask you to explain how a scenario relates to a particular psychological concept. If you don’t remember what the concept means, you won’t be able to answer the question. There are lots of confusing terms in AP Psychology, which is why it’s important that you take the time to compile them and go through them methodically when you study. This is especially true of terms that you learned at the beginning of the year because they'll be less fresh in your mind when the time comes to take the test. 

 

Tip #5: Avoid Cramming

There’s a lot to remember for AP Psychology, and you aren’t going to be able to stuff it all in your brain in one night. For courses like this that are memorization-heavy, it’s best to get in the habit of studying as you go along and taking the time to review old material periodically. If you can gradually build up your knowledge throughout the year and avoid completely forgetting what you learned at the beginning of the class, the exam will be much less stressful for you.  Every one or two months, do a comprehensive review of everything you’ve learned so far to refresh your memory. You might be surprised at how little you have to study at the end of the year when everyone else is freaking out. 

 

And remember ladies, you're never too busy to throw on a little eye glitter between study sessions.

 

Conclusion

The AP Psychology exam is a relatively short AP test, but it encompasses a lot of different content areas. It's important to know all of the key terms and psychological theories that are covered in the course. You must be able to connect very specific psychological terminology to a wide range of different scenarios to succeed on the test.

Overall, AP Psychology is probably one of the easier AP exams, but that doesn't mean you should skip studying. Make sure you take practice tests and are fully aware of the exam's format and content so you won't be caught off-guard on test day! 

 

What's Next?

Still not sure if AP Psychology is the right choice for you? Learn more about AP classes and tests and whether it's worth it to take them. 

What do AP scores mean for your future? Find out more about how AP credit works at colleges. 

If you're working on planning out your schedule, read this article to get a better idea of how many AP classes you should take based on your college goals.

 

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