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:''This article relates to the [[Advanced Placement Program|AP]] test. For information about the [[International Baccalaureate|IB]] test, see [[IB Psychology SL]].''
 
:''This article relates to the [[Advanced Placement Program|AP]] test. For information about the [[International Baccalaureate|IB]] test, see [[IB Psychology SL]].''
   
The '''Advanced Placement Psychology''' (or '''AP Psychology''') course and corresponding exam is part of the [[College Board|College Board's]] [[Advanced Placement Program]]. This course is tailored for students interested in the field of [[psychology]].
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The '''Advanced Placement Psychology''' ('''AP Psychology''', or '''AP Psych''') course and corresponding exam are part of [[College Board|College Board's]] [[Advanced Placement Program]]. This rigorous course is tailored for students interested in the field of [[psychology]] and as an opportunity to earn Advanced Placement credit or exemption from a [[college]]-level psychology course. It was the shortest AP exam until [[AP Physics C]] exam was split into two separate exams in 2006.
   
==Topics Covered==
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==Topics covered==
The College Board provides a course of study to help educators prepare their students for the AP Psychology exam. The exam covers the following areas. The percentage indicates the portion of the multiple-choice section of the exam focused on each content area:
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The College Board provides a course of study to help educators prepare their students for the AP Psychology exam. The exam covers the following areas. The percentage indicates the portion of the multiple-choice section of the exam focused on each content area:<ref>{{cite web|title=AP: Psychology|url=http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/psych/topics.html}}</ref>
*[[History of psychology|History and Approaches]] (2-4%)
 
*[[Psychology#Research methods|Research and Methods]] (6-8%)
 
*[[Biological psychology|Biological Bases of Behavior]] (8-10%)
 
*[[Sensation]] and [[Perception]] (7-9%)
 
*[[Consciousness|States of Consciousness]] (8-10%)
 
*[[Learning]] (7-9%)
 
*[[Cognition]] (8-10%)
 
*[[Motivation]] and [[Emotion]] (7-9%)
 
*[[Developmental Psychology]] (7-9%)
 
*[[Personality]] (6-8%)
 
*[[Psychology#Research methods|Testing and Individual Differences]] (5-7%)
 
*[[Abnormal Psychology]] (7-9%)
 
*[[Mental Illness#Treatment|Treatment of Psychological Disorders]] (5-7%)
 
*[[Social Psychology]] (7-9%)
 
   
==The Exam==
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The exam includes two sections: a 70 minute [[multiple choice]] section and a 50 minute [[free response]] section consisting of two questions. The multiple choice forms two-thirds of the grade and the free-response provides the remaining third.
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!align="center"|Topic
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!align="center"|Percent
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|-align="center"
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|[[History of psychology|History]] and [[List of psychological schools|Approaches]]
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|2-4%
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|-align="center"
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|[[List of psychological research methods|Research Methods]]
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|8-10%
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|-align="center"
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|[[Behavioral neuroscience|Biological Bases of Behavior]]
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|8-10%
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|-align="center"
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|[[Sensation (psychology)|Sensation]] and [[Perception]]
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|6-8%
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|-align="center"
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|States of [[Consciousness]]
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|2-4%
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|-align="center"
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|[[Learning]]
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|7-9%
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|-align="center"
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|[[Cognition]]
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|8-10%
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|-align="center"
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|[[Motivation]] and [[Emotion]]
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|6-8%
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|-align="center"
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|[[Developmental psychology|Developmental Psychology]]
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|7-9%
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|-align="center"
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|[[Personality psychology|Personality]]
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|5-7%
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|-align="center"
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|[[Psychological testing|Testing]] and Individual Differences
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|5-7%
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|-align="center"
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|[[Abnormal psychology|Abnormal Psychology]]
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|7-9%
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|-align="center"
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|[[Treatment of mental disorders|Treatment of Psychological Disorders]]
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|5-7%
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|-align="center"
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|[[Social psychology|Social Psychology]]
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|8-10%
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|}
   
A penalty of ¼ points is subtracted for each incorrect answer on the multiple-choice portion of the exam to compensate for random guessing; however, statistically, if the student can eliminate one answer as incorrect then they should still guess out of the remaining three options. No credit is given for answers left blank.
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==Exam==
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[[Image:AP Psych Test.JPG|thumb|left|Free response section booklet]]
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The exam includes two sections: a 70 minute [[multiple choice]] section (100 questions) and a 50 minute [[free response]] section (2 prompts). The multiple choice provides two-thirds of the grade and the free-response provides the remaining third.<ref>{{cite web|title=AP: Psychology|url=http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/psych/exam.html}}</ref>
   
==Grade Distributions==
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Beginning with the May 2011 AP Exam administration, total scores on the multiple-choice section are based only on the number of questions answered correctly. Points are no longer deducted for incorrect answers. Grading (the number of points needed to get a certain score) is slightly more strict as a result.
In 2006, 101,221 students took the AP Psychology exam from 3,860 different schools. The mean score was 3.15 and the standard deviation was 1.4.
 
   
The grade distribution for 2006 was:
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==Grade Distribution==
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The grade distributions for the Psychology scores since 2010 were:
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|-
 
!Score
 
!Score
!Percent
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!2010<ref name="2010 AP Scores Distribution">[http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/Student-Score-Distributions-2010.pdf 2010 AP Scores Distribution]</ref>
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!2011<ref name="2011 AP Scores Distribution">[http://professionals.collegeboard.com/profdownload/AP-Student-Score-Distributions.pdf 2011 AP Scores Distribution]</ref>
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!2012<ref name="2012 AP Scores Distribution">[http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/research/student_score_distributions_2012.pdf 2012 AP Scores Distribution]</ref>
 
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|5
 
|5
|19.5%
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|19.6%
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|20.1%
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|20.7%
 
|-
 
|-
 
|4
 
|4
|27.9%
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|26.6%
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|26.3%
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|26.0%
 
|-
 
|-
 
|3
 
|3
|20.3%
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|20.0%
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|19.8%
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|19.4%
 
|-
 
|-
 
|2
 
|2
|12.6%
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|12.7%
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|12.9%
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|13.5%
 
|-
 
|-
 
|1
 
|1
|19.7%
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|21.1%
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|20.9%
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|20.3%
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|-
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|Mean
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|3.11
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|3.12
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|3.13
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|-
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|Number of Students
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|177,708
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|197,719
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|220,361
 
|}
 
|}
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== References==
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===Notes===
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{{reflist}}
   
 
==External links==
 
==External links==
 
*[http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/sub_psych.html AP Psychology at CollegeBoard.com]
 
*[http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/sub_psych.html AP Psychology at CollegeBoard.com]
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This article relates to the AP test. For information about the IB test, see IB Psychology SL.

The Advanced Placement Psychology (AP Psychology, or AP Psych) course and corresponding exam are part of College Board's Advanced Placement Program. This rigorous course is tailored for students interested in the field of psychology and as an opportunity to earn Advanced Placement credit or exemption from a college-level psychology course. It was the shortest AP exam until AP Physics C exam was split into two separate exams in 2006.

Topics coveredEdit

The College Board provides a course of study to help educators prepare their students for the AP Psychology exam. The exam covers the following areas. The percentage indicates the portion of the multiple-choice section of the exam focused on each content area:[1]

Topic Percent
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%

ExamEdit

File:AP Psych Test.JPG

The exam includes two sections: a 70 minute multiple choice section (100 questions) and a 50 minute free response section (2 prompts). The multiple choice provides two-thirds of the grade and the free-response provides the remaining third.[2]

Beginning with the May 2011 AP Exam administration, total scores on the multiple-choice section are based only on the number of questions answered correctly. Points are no longer deducted for incorrect answers. Grading (the number of points needed to get a certain score) is slightly more strict as a result.

Grade DistributionEdit

The grade distributions for the Psychology scores since 2010 were:

Score 2010[3] 2011[4] 2012[5]
5 19.6% 20.1% 20.7%
4 26.6% 26.3% 26.0%
3 20.0% 19.8% 19.4%
2 12.7% 12.9% 13.5%
1 21.1% 20.9% 20.3%
Mean 3.11 3.12 3.13
Number of Students 177,708 197,719 220,361

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

External linksEdit

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