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• 2 full-length practice tests with detailed answer explanations

• Sample essays for free-response questions

• Diagnostic test to help assess your strengths

• Hundreds of practice questions

• Proven, test-specific score-raising strategies

• Concise review of all relevant material--from biopsychology to cognition.


Not a rehash of a psychlogy textbook, this guide targets your review so that you study only the key topics needed to score well. 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419551710
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: Kaplan AP Psychology Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

 Chris Hakala is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Western New England College in Springfield, Massachusetts. He earned a Master's degree and a PhD in cognitive psychology from the University of New Hampshire. His areas of interest include the teaching of psychology, reading comprehension, and language development. Chris has been an Advanced Placement reader for since 2000 and has extensive knowledge of test and rubric development.

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Kaplan AP Psychology 2006

By Kaplan


Copyright © 2005 Kaplan
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0743265564

Chapter One: Inside the AP Psychology Exam

The AP Psychology Exam is divided into two sections. Section I is 100 multiple choice questions covering a variety of topics from introductory psychology. The topics are covered as follows:

History and Approaches (2-4%)

Methods (6-8%)

Biological Bases of Behavior (8-10%)

Sensation and Perception (7-9%)

States of Consciousness (2-4%)

Learning (7-9%)

Cognition (8-10%)

Motivation and Emotion (7-9%)

Developmental Psychology (7-9%)

Personality (6-8%)

Testing and Individual Differences (5-7%)

Abnormal Psychology (7-9%)

Treatment of Psychological Disorders (5-7%)

Social Psychology (7-9%)

Overview of the Test Structure

Section I allows for 70 minutes to complete the 100 multiple choice questions. This does not give you a great deal of time per question. However, some of the questions are much easier to answer than others. And then, of course, there will be some questions that you will be unable to answer. Answer the questions that you can, and try to deduce the answers for those questions that you are unsure of. Know, however, that for some, you will simply have to guess. That is fine.

Section II is the free-response section. In this part, you will be given two questions. You will have 50 minutes to respond to these questions, so try to develop a strategy for answering both questions well. The questions are focused on methodology across areas and on being able to relate one point to several different approaches in psychology. Thus, in order to do well on the free-response section, you need to be prepared to not only understand the content, but also to generalize the content across various areas of psychology.

How the Exam is Scored

To prepare for the free-response section, one of the first steps would be to review released test materials on the College Board website. The released free-response items will have sample answers that will help you learn how to focus your answers on the information that is essential. The free-response section is important (it will count for }13} of your final score), and thus, you want to have a complete understanding of the way that the questions are structured, and the way that the questions are scored.

The key to answering free-response questions well is to understand that they are written to allow you to demonstrate breadth of knowledge across a variety of areas of psychology. Thus, when answering the question, make sure you provide the reader with enough context to demonstrate complete understanding. A second, important point to consider is that each response is worth a certain number of points, and each point is associated with different aspects of the question. As the questions are written with a main question and several sub-questions, a good strategy is to answer the question in the same format as the question itself. Organize it in the same way it is written. Don't answer the question in the order that you know things.

The free responses are scored by hand. Thus, handwriting is important. Take your time answering the question, but not too much time. Just realize that if someone can't read your answer, it won't score -- even if it's great. Answers to the free-response section are scored according to a rubric. A rubric is an agreed-upon scoring guideline that all readers use. Typically, a rubric is generated by the people who construct the question. Then, every June, a group of high school and college psychology teachers are brought together at a site in the United States for the AP reading. There, the rubric is refined and samples are created by the group to provide the readers with training essays. There is a great deal of concern over providing each essay with a fair read; thus, readers are constantly checked to ensure reliability.

The scores from the performance assessment (}13} of the score) and the multiple-choice (}23} of the score) are then combined, and the Chief Reader sets the criteria for the final score. Scores range from:

5 = Extremely well qualified

4 = Well qualified

3 = Qualified

2 = Possibly qualified

1 = No recommendation

Most colleges will accept an AP score of 3 or higher to award college credit.

Registration and Fees

To register for the exam, contact your school guidance counselor or AP Coordinator. If your school does not administer the AP exam, contact AP for a listing of schools that do.

As of the printing of this book, the fee for the exam is $82. For those qualified with acute financial need, the College Board offers a $22 credit. In addition, many states offer subsidies to cover all or part of the cost of the exam.

Additional Resources

For more information on the AP Program and the Psychology Exam, contact:

AP Services

P.O. Box 6671

Princeton, NJ 08541-6671

Phone: (609) 771-7300 or (877) 274-6474

Email: apexgrams@info.collegeboard.org

Website: collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/about.html

Copyright © 2006 by Kaplan, Inc.


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All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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Table of Contents

About the Author ix
Kaplan Panel of AP Experts xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Part 1 The Basics
Chapter 1 Inside the AP Psychology Exam 3
Overview of the Test Structure 3
How the Exam Is Scored 4
Registration and Fees 5
Additional Resources 5
Chapter 2 Strategies for Success: It's Not Always How Much You Know 7
How to Approach the Multiple-Choice Questions 7
How to Approach the Free-Response Questions 10
Stress Management 11
Countdown to the Test 12
Part 2 Diagnostic Test
Diagnostic Test 17
Answers and Explanations 20
How to Make This Book Work for You Based on the Results of Your Diagnostic 22
Part 3 AP Psychology Review
Chapter 3 History and Systems of Psychology 25
Biological Approach 27
Behavioral Approach 28
Cognitive Approach 29
Humanistic Approach 29
Psychoanalytic Approach 30
Sociocultural Approach 30
Review Questions 31
Answers and Explanations 34
Chapter 4 Research Methods 37
Observation 37
Experimental Techniques 39
Experimental Design 40
Statistics 41
Inferential Statistics 42
Ethics 42
Review Questions 44
Answers and Explanations 47
Chapter 5 Biopsychology 49
Research Methods in Biopsychology 49
The Brain 50
The Neuron 52
Genetics 53
Review Questions 54
Answers and Explanations 57
Chapter 6 Sensation and Perception 59
Visual System 59
Auditory System 61
Measuring Perception 63
Review Questions 64
Answers and Explanations 67
Chapter 7 Consciousness 69
Sleep 69
Sleep Disorders 71
Attention 72
Review Questions 73
Answers and Explanations 76
Chapter 8 Motivation and Emotion 79
Biological Motivation 79
Psychological Motivation 80
Goal-Setting 81
Emotions 81
Review Questions 82
Answers and Explanations 85
Chapter 9 Learning 87
Classical Conditioning 87
Operant Conditioning 89
Applications of Learning 91
Review Questions 92
Answers and Explanations 95
Chapter 10 Cognition 97
Memory 97
Encoding 98
Retrieval 99
Organization 99
Review Questions 101
Answers and Explanations 104
Chapter 11 Language 107
What Is Language? 107
How Do We Learn Language? 108
Language Acquisition 108
Linguistic Universals 109
Review Questions 111
Answers and Explanations 114
Chapter 12 Development 117
Physical Development 117
Cognitive Development 119
Social Development 118
Review Questions 122
Answers and Explanations 125
Chapter 13 Personality 127
Psychodynamic Theory 127
Trait Theorists 130
Humanistic/Phenomenological Theories 131
Learning Theories 131
Review Questions 132
Answers and Explanations 135
Chapter 14 Psychological Disorders 137
Some Statistics 137
What Makes Something a Psychological Disorder? 138
Categories of Psychological Disorders 138
Review Questions 143
Answers and Explanations 146
Chapter 15 Therapy 149
Drug Therapy 149
Freud's Therapeutic Technique 150
Cognitive Therapy 151
Humanistic/Phenomenological Therapy 151
Behavioral Therapy 152
Review Questions 153
Answers and Explanations 156
Chapter 16 Social Psychology 159
Impression Formation 159
Attribution Theory 160
Interpersonal Relations 160
Aggression 161
Social Influence 161
Group Processes 162
Review Questions 163
Answers and Explanations 166
Chapter 17 Applied and Other Areas of Psychology 169
Psychology and the Law 169
Psychology of Underrepresented Groups 170
Industrial/Organizational Psychology 170
Health Psychology 170
Sports Psychology 170
Modern Areas of Psychology 171
Review Questions 172
Answers and Explanations 175
Part 4 Practice Tests
How to Take the Practice Tests 178
How to Compute Your Score 179
Practice Test 1 183
Answer Key 199
Answers and Explanations 200
Practice Test 2 213
Answer Key 229
Answers and Explanations 230
AP Psychology Glossary 241
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