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PASSING THE AP PSYCHOLOGY EXAM ABOUT THE BOOK
This book provides an accurate and complete representation of the Advanced Placement Psychology Examination. REA's comprehensive review and three full-length practice exams are based on the AP psychology curriculum and test content and format. Each of our practice exams is designed within the official timeframe of a two-hour administration and includes every type of question that you can expect to encounter on the actual exam.
Following each of our practice exams is an answer key complete with detailed explanations designed to clarify and contextualize the material for you.
By studying the review section, completing all three practice exams, and studying our step-by-step explanations, you'll pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses and put yourself in a position to master the AP Psychology Examination.
ABOUT THE TEST
The Advanced Placement program is designed to allow high school students to pursue college-level studies while attending high school. The exam is offered to high school students who have completed a year of study in a college-level psychology course. The results are used for determining course credit and/or placement in college.
The Advanced Placement Psychology course is designed to cover college-level psychology studies. Students are expected to leave the course with a college-level understanding of various approaches to psychology, types of research in psychology, the facets of human behavior and cognition, and the treatment of various mental disorders. This course is intended for highly motivated students with an interest in psychology.
The exam is presented in two distinct parts:
Multiple-choice section (two-thirds of exam grade):
This section is composed of 100 multiple-choice questions designed to measure the student's knowledge of psychology. The questions cover a wide variety of topics studied in the course. You'll have 70 minutes to complete this section of the exam, which counts for two-thirds of your final grade.
Free-response section (one-third of exam grade):
This section is composed of two essay questions designed to measure the student's analytical, organizational, and writing skills, as well as his or her background in psychology. You'll have 50 minutes to complete this section, which counts for one-third of your final grade.
ABOUT THE REVIEW SECTIONS
This book provides a comprehensive review of psychology which, when used in conjunction with a reliable textbook, will help you target the very topics you're most likely to see on the AP exam. The review covers these topics in depth:
1. Introduction to Psychology - includes: history, approaches, research methods, and careers in psychology
2. Biological Bases of Behavior - includes: studies of the brain, the nervous system, the endocrine system, genetics, and nature vs. nurture
3. Sensation and Perception - includes: descriptions of the five senses, thresholds, sensory adaptation, and sensory deprivation
4. Cognition - includes: studies of memory, thinking, and language
5. States of Consciousness - includes: sleep and dreaming, hypnosis, meditation, and psychoactive drugs
6. Learning - includes: examples of classical and operant conditioning
7. Intelligence - includes: the heredity vs. environment argument and measure of intelligence
8. Motivation and Emotion - includes: drives and instincts, incentives, social learning, arousal, romantic love, and stress
9. Developmental Psychology - includes: infancy and childhood through adolescence, to adulthood and later life, and sex roles and differences
10. Personality - includes: psychoanalytic theory, trait theory, humanistic approaches, behavioral theories, biological studies, and personality assessments
11. Social Psychology - includes: studies on conformity, compliance and obedience, group dynamics, aggression, and organizational behavior
12. Abnormal Psychology - includes: history and definition, types of disorders and an introduction to the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)
13. Treatment of Psychological Disorders - includes: psychodynamics, behavioral, cognitive, biological, and humanistic approaches and types of therapy
SCORING THE EXAM
The multiple-choice section of the exam is scored by crediting each correct answer with one point and deducting one-fourth of a point for each incorrect answer. Unanswered questions receive neither a credit nor a deduction.The free-response essays are evaluated by psychology instructors and professors. The two essays are weighted equally and the total weight of the free-response section accounts for one-third of the total score. The multiple-choice section constitutes two-thirds of the total score.
Your score on the multiple-choice section and your grade on the free-response section are combined and converted to the program's five-point scale:
Colleges participating in the Advanced Placement Program usually recognize grades of 3 or higher.
Rule of Thumb: Examinees who perform acceptably on the free-response section of the test generally need to answer correctly between 50 and 60 percent of the multiple-choice questions to get a total grade of 3.