About AP Psychology Exam
The exam is of approximately two hours and contain two sections: Multiple choice and free response. The multiple choice section comprised of two-thirds and the free response section comprised of one-third of the final exam grade.
Section I: Multiple Choice-100 questions; 1 hour and 10 minutes
The following topics will be covered in the MCQ section:
- History and Approaches (2%-4%)
- Research Methods (8%-10%)
- Biological Bases of Behavior (8%-10%)
- Sensation and Perception (6%-8%)
- States of Consciousness (2%-4%)
- Learning (7%-9%)
- Cognition (8%-10%)
- Motivation and Emotion (6%-8%)
- Developmental Psychology (7%-9%)
- Personality (5%-7%)
- Testing and Individual Differences (5%-7%)
- Abnormal Psychology (7%-9%)
- Treatment of Psychological Disorders (5%-7%)
- Social Psychology (8%-10%)
Please note that this outline is meant to be for the sake of guidance only and it is not a complete list or the preferred order of topics.
Questions may be there on:
- Prove and show your basic understanding of the psychological terms like genotype, echoic memory, mania, phonemes.
- From the psychological theory, apply the concepts (e. g. Kohlberg's theory of moral judgment, attribution theory).
- Find the theoretical framework, with which a given explanation is linked (e. g. An explanation of depression in terms of norepinephrine levels).
- Prove and show your general understanding of the scientific method and knowledge of findings from the major research studies.
Total scores of the multiple-choice section will be based on the number of correct answers. Points are neither deducted for incorrect answers nor points are awarded for unanswered questions.
Section II: Free Response-2 questions; 50 minutes
The questions of the following section will incorporate concepts from several course topics. Questions on apply, analyse, synthesize, or critique psychological principles may be there in the exam.