About AP Psychology Exam

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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.

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