Hey 👋 so, you're wondering if you should take AP Psychology 🧠. Let's talk about it!
Overview of AP Psychology 🤗
AP Psychology gives you a taste of what you would learn in a semester-long introductory psychology course. There are 9 different units that you cover in AP Psych, all of which require zero prerequisites 🥳
There is a lot of memorization in this course. Most units can also be visualized and put into a graph. If you're a visual learner 👀, this course is very viable for you.
Image Courtesy of Bolinsky AP Psychology. This is one of the many diagrams that help you visualize specific information!
Regardless, as long as you review the content necessary for the exam and practice, you will do really well. Many students take AP Psych as their first AP, deeming it as one of their "easier" exams.
Format of the Exam
For the first section of the exam, you are given 70 minutes to answer 100 multiple-choice questions 🤔 These 100 questions count for 67% of your total score.
For the second section of the exam, you are given 50 minutes to answer two free-response questions ✍️ These count for the other 33% of your total score and are more focused on applying your psychology knowledge to real-life situations.
Once you nail the concepts and units, all that is left to do is practice. Let's get into it!
Well, how hard is AP Psych? 🧠
According to the College Board:
There is no way to truly judge how hard the course is, but many deem it to be really fun, interesting, and engaging. It all really depends on the teacher you have, your workload, and how much time you want to commit to this course alone ⬇️
Factors to Consider 💭
Motivation: Motivation plays a huge part in school. In general, 🏫 a little bit of motivation can help you through the day, and complete everything on your to-do list ✅ If you are going to take AP Psych, set a goal for yourself, and celebrate doing the little things!
Is AP Psych worth it?
Most students are so happy they took AP Psychology and consider it very fun and interesting to learn about. Just in case, here are some factors to consider:
Your interests: If you want to learn about the psychological reasons behind the way we interact 🗣️, behave 🏃, and learn 🧠, this course is right for you! If not, you may want to consider taking it just to try something new out.
AP Experience: If you have never taken AP classes before, AP Psychology might be a perfect first choice! It introduces you to the level of AP classes while having a manageable workload
Credit 🎓: Many colleges accept credit for AP Psychology if you score high enough. This does not always mean you'll get course credit, but you may skip an introductory course and take a higher-level psychology course.
Quotes from Students that have taken AP Psychology
"AP Psychology was truly insightful as it opened the door to secrets about me that I hadn’t yet discovered, teaching me how my mind works and thinks. The course allowed me to understand why certain parts of my brain and body functioned in various ways. I was fascinated!" —Meghna P.
"AP Psych, by all means, was worth it! Personally, what I loved most about it was that everything we learned was so directly applicable to real life." —Mishika G.
"AP Psych was more than worth it. It had a unique curriculum that incorporated science, history, and language all in one. I usually forget content after taking the test, but the information I learned in AP Psych has truly stuck with me." —Lillian M.
"AP Psych is not related to my major, but it taught me so much about culture, how people behave/interact, and how to communicate well with others. It taught me people skills, how to have a good school-work-life balance, proper eating/sleeping/studying habits (seriously. there's a whole module dedicated to this, and it's so helpful) and cultural differences!" —Colleen B.
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Weigh all of the factors in and make your decision on whether or not you want to take AP Psych. If you go for it, you'll never forget this class 🙃. No matter what you choose, you got this!