* 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.
About 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 Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from the University of New Hampshire.
Chris has been an Advanced Placement reader for over 9 years, and has extensive knowledge of test and rubric development.
Ruth Ault has taught psychology for the past 25 years at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. She was a reader for the AP Psychology exam and has been a table leader since 2001.
Nancy Homb has taught AP Psychology for the past 7 years at Cypress Falls High School in Houston, Texas. She has been a reader for the AP Psychology exam since 2000 and began consulting for the College Board in 2005.
Barbara Loverich has taught AP Psychology for the past 18 years at Hobart High School in Valparaiso, Indiana. She has been an AP reader for 9 years and a table leader for 6 years. From 1996-2000, she was a board member of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools and was on the state of Indiana committee to write state psychology standards. Among her distinguished awards are the Outstanding Science Educator Award and Sigma XI, Scientific Research Society in 2002.
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Kaplan AP Psychology 2006
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Chapter One: Inside the AP Psychology Exam
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%)
Biological Bases of Behavior (8-10%)
Sensation and Perception (7-9%)
States of Consciousness (2-4%)
Motivation and Emotion (7-9%)
Developmental Psychology (7-9%)
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.
For more information on the AP Program and the Psychology Exam, contact:
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Phone: (609) 771-7300 or (877) 274-6474
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Table of Contents
|About the Author||ix|
|Kaplan Panel of AP Experts||xi|
|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|
|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|
|Countdown to the Test||12|
|Part 2||Diagnostic Test|
|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|
|Answers and Explanations||34|
|Chapter 4||Research Methods||37|
|Answers and Explanations||47|
|Research Methods in Biopsychology||49|
|Answers and Explanations||57|
|Chapter 6||Sensation and Perception||59|
|Answers and Explanations||67|
|Answers and Explanations||76|
|Chapter 8||Motivation and Emotion||79|
|Answers and Explanations||85|
|Applications of Learning||91|
|Answers and Explanations||95|
|Answers and Explanations||104|
|What Is Language?||107|
|How Do We Learn Language?||108|
|Answers and Explanations||114|
|Answers and Explanations||125|
|Answers and Explanations||135|
|Chapter 14||Psychological Disorders||137|
|What Makes Something a Psychological Disorder?||138|
|Categories of Psychological Disorders||138|
|Answers and Explanations||146|
|Freud's Therapeutic Technique||150|
|Answers and Explanations||156|
|Chapter 16||Social Psychology||159|
|Answers and Explanations||166|
|Chapter 17||Applied and Other Areas of Psychology||169|
|Psychology and the Law||169|
|Psychology of Underrepresented Groups||170|
|Modern Areas of Psychology||171|
|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|
|Answers and Explanations||200|
|Practice Test 2||213|
|Answers and Explanations||230|
|AP Psychology Glossary||241|