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Advanced Placement Psychology Exam

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The AP Psychology Exam

Exam Content

The AP Psychology Exam, which debuted in 1992, is a relative newcomer among AP Exams. The exam tests knowledge of topics included in a one-semester introductory college course in psychology. The following table reflects the approximate percentage of the multiple-choice section of the exam devoted to each content area:

2-4% history
6-8% methods and approaches
8-10% biological bases of behavior
7-9% sensation and perception
2-4% states of consciousness
7-9% learning
8-10% cognition
7-9% motivation and emotion
7-9% developmental psychology
6-8% personality
5-7% testing and individual differences
7-9% abnormal psychology
5-7% treatment of psychological disorders
7-9% social psychology

The free-response questions evaluate students' mastery of scientific research principles and their ability to make connections among constructs from different psychological domains. Students may be asked to analyze a general problem in psychology (e.g., depression, adaptation) using concepts from different theoretical frameworks or subdomains in the field, or they may be asked to design, analyze, or critique a research study.

Multiple-Choice Questions

For sample multiple-choice questions, refer to the Course Description.
  AP Psychology Course Description (.pdf/427KB)

Free-Response Questions

Below are free-response questions from past AP Psychology Exams. Included with the questions are scoring guidelines, sample student responses, and commentary on those responses, as well as exam statistics and the Chief Reader's Report for past administrations.

Free-Response Questions 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 1999-2002


2011: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
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Scoring Guidelines Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
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2010: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Score Distributions
All Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
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2009: Free-Response Questions
Questions Scoring Samples and Commentary Grade Distributions
All Questions

Scoring Guidelines

Student Performance Q&A

Scoring Statistics
Sample Responses Q1
Sample Responses Q2
Grade Distributions



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