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Ap Psychology Chapter 1 Essays

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

The Advanced Placement (AP) curriculum is a smart choice for students seeking challenging classes and college credit. The Psychology AP exam is one of the APs most commonly taken as a self-study test. Although many students enroll in the class, this particular exam is also well-suited to self-studying, due to its heavy emphasis on vocabulary and highly specific theory. If you are interested in taking the Psychology AP exam, whether you have taken the class or are planning to self-study, read on for a breakdown of the test and CollegeVine’s advice for how you can prepare for it.

 

About the Exam

The Psychology AP course explores concepts, theories, and behaviors associated with the field and research areas of psychology. Successful students will become familiar with the history of the field, past and current research methods, and the biological and emotional bases for behavior. Because psychology is a rapidly changing field, students should ensure that they prepare for the test with the most current materials available. For the 2017 exam, all terminology, criteria, and classifications referred to in multiple-choice and free-response questions adhere to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5).

 

The Psychology AP exam is one of the shortest AP exams, clocking in at just two hours and comprised of two sections. The first section takes one hour and 10 minutes, contains 100 multiple-choice questions, and accounts for 66.6% of your total score. The second section takes 50 minutes, contains two free-response questions, and accounts for 33.3% of your score.

 

In 2016, 64.2% of students who took the Psychology AP received a score of 3 or higher. Only 19% of students received the top score of 5, while 21.6% scored a 1 on the exam. Keep in mind, credit and advanced standing based on AP scores varies widely from school to school. Regulations regarding which APs qualify for course credits or advanced placement at specific colleges and universities can be found here.

 

A full course description that can help to guide your studying and understanding of the knowledge required for the test can be found in the College Board course description.

 

Read on for tips for preparing for the exam.

 

Step 1: Assess Your Skills

 

Take a practice test to assess your initial knowledge of the material.To learn more about the importance of formative assessments and how you can use one to get your studying off on the right foot, check out the CollegeVine article What Is a Formative Assessment and Why Should I Use One to Study?

 

Although the College Board Psychology AP website provides a number of sample test questions, it does not provide a complete sample test. There are, however, three complete practice tests with scoring guides provided on the College Board Psychology AP teacher website. One is a released exam from 1994 available here, another from 1999 is available here, and the most current is a released exam from 2012, available here. You can also find a practice test in many of the commercial study guides, and some even include a diagnostic test to act as your initial assessment.

 

Once you have taken some kind of formative assessment, score it to identify the areas you already understand and those in need of improvement. It can be helpful to have a friend help to score your free response essays, as these are more subjective than the multiple choice section. From an accurate formative assessment, you will get a better idea of where to focus your studying efforts.

 

Step 2: Study the theory

In the case of the Psychology AP, you will need to master the basic history of psychology along with the fundamental theories and approaches. This includes the following concept areas:

 

  • History and Approaches
  • Research Methods
  • Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Sensation and Perception
  • States of Consciousness
  • Learning
  • Cognition
  • Motivation and Emotion
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Personality
  • Testing and Individual Differences
  • Abnormal Behavior
  • Treatment of Abnormal Behavior
  • Social Psychology

 

For a more specific breakdown of the content above, check the College Board’s Course Description.

 

You will likely need some study resources to help you as you tackle this content. The Myers’ Psychology For AP textbook is the most comprehensive guide as it is designed specifically for the AP class. Some criticize it for having too much information and for being particularly expensive, but it does cover in depth all of the theory necessary for the exam. For information that is presented more concisely, you might consider the Barron’s AP Psychology 7th Edition study guide. There are also accompanying Barron’s AP Psychology flashcards available.

 

In addition, there are tons of study resources available online, including many from AP teachers who have posted comprehensive outlines and study guides. One high school in California has published a wealth of study resources, chapter outlines, and vocabulary lists available here. Another 14-page study guide can be found here.

 

Additionally, a new, fun way to study is to use one of the recently developed apps for AP exams. These range in price from $0.99 to $4.99, but they provide a fun and easy way to quiz yourself. Make sure you read reviews before choosing one — their quality varies widely.

 

Step 3: Practice Multiple Choice Questions

Once you have your theory down, test it out by practicing multiple-choice questions. You can find these in most study guides or through online searches. You could also try taking the multiple-choice section of a practice exam. Many samples questions with answers and explanations can be found in the official course description. Try to keep track of which concepts and vocabulary are still tripping you up, and go back over this material again.

 

Step 4: Practice Free Response Questions

The College Board reports that typical AP Psychology free-response prompts will ask you to “analyze a unique scenario using concepts from different theoretical frameworks or subdomains in the field, or design, analyze, or critique a research study.” As such, on the free-response section you should be prepared to make practical use of your theory. Be familiar with how to apply the most common principles from the field, and know how to effectively design or evaluate a research study.

 

To effectively master the free response section of your Psychology AP, you should have a good understanding of what task verbs you will commonly encounter, and precisely what each is asking you to do. The College Board provides the following definitions for the most commonly encountered directives on the Psychology AP:

 

  • Identify requires that students name or point out psychological concepts as they pertain to the question.

 

  • Show or describe requires students to detail the essential characteristics and/or examples of a particular concept, theory, or phenomenon.

 

  • Explain, discuss, and relate require that students make logical and coherent connections among the prompt (or premise), question, and psychological concepts.

 

Before you begin writing, make a brief, strong outline. It will not count towards your score, but it will help to organize your thoughts. Try to include specific examples from your studying and make sure to clearly introduce them in your writing. Common ways to successfully highlight specific examples include “For example,” or “One example of this is”.

 

The best way to prepare for the free-response prompts is to practice them and study the scoring examples provided by the College Board. These authentic student responses with real scoring explanations should give you a good idea of how free-response questions are scored, and where points are commonly lost. Be sure to check out the College Board’s extensive collection of student samples and scoring explanations.

 

Step 5: Take another practice test

As you did at the very beginning of your studying, take a practice test to evaluate your progress. You should see a steady progression of knowledge you’ve accumulated, and it’s likely that you will see patterns identifying which areas have improved the most and which areas still need improvement.

 

If you have time, repeat each of the steps above to incrementally increase your score.

 

Step 6: Exam day specifics

In 2017, the Psychology AP Exam will be administered on Monday, May 1 at 12 PM.

 

For complete registration instructions, check out CollegeVine’s How to Register for AP Exams (Even If You Didn’t Take the Class).

For information about what to bring to the exam, see CollegeVine’s What Should I Bring to My AP Exam (And What Should I Definitely Leave at Home)?

If you feel like you still need more help or you are not sure that you can do it on your own, look no further. For personalized AP tutoring, check out the CollegeVine Academic Tutoring Program, where students who are intimately familiar with the exam can help you ace it too, just like they did.    

For more about APs, check out these CollegeVine posts

 

Kate Sundquist

Senior Blogger at CollegeVine

Kate Koch-Sundquist is a graduate of Pomona College where she studied sociology, psychology, and writing before going on to receive an M.Ed. from Lesley University. After a few forays into living abroad and afloat (sometimes at the same time), she now makes her home north of Boston where she works as a content writer and, with her husband, raises two young sons who both inspire her and challenge her on a daily basis.

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