🔎 Unit 1: Scientific Foundations of Psychology
1.0Unit 1 Overview: Scientific Foundations of Psychology
1.1Introducing Psychology: The Historical Progression of Psychology
1.2Research Methods in Psychology
1.3The Experimental Method
1.5Statistical Analysis in Psychology
🧠 Unit 2: Biological Bases of Behavior
2.0Unit 2 Overview: Biological Bases of Behavior
2.1Interaction of Heredity and Environment
2.3Overview of the Nervous System and the Neuron
2.7Tools for Examining Brain Structure and Function
2.8The Adaptable Brain: Neural Fluidity
👀 Unit 3: Sensation and Perception
3.0Unit 3 Overview: Sensation and Perception
3.1Principles of Sensation
3.2Principles of Perception
3.5Auditory Sensation and Perception
📚 Unit 4: Learning
4.0Unit 4 Overview: Learning
🤔 Unit 5: Cognitive Psychology
5.0Unit 5 Overview: Cognitive Psychology
5.1Introduction to Memory
5.5Forgetting and Memory Distortion
5.6Biological Bases of Memory
5.7Introduction to Thinking and Problem Solving
5.8Biases and Errors in Thinking
5.9Introduction to Intelligence
5.10Psychometric Principles and Intelligence Testing
👶 Unit 6: Developmental Psychology
6.0Unit 6 Overview: Developmental Psychology
6.1The Lifespan and Physical Development in Childhood
6.2Social Development in Childhood
6.3Cognitive Development in Childhood
6.5Adulthood and Aging
🤪 Unit 7: Motivation, Emotion, & Personality
7.0Unit 7 Overview: Motivation, Emotion, and Personality
7.1Theories of Motivation
7.2Specific Topics in Motivation
7.3Theories of Emotion
7.4Stress and Coping
7.5Introduction to Personality
7.6Psychoanalytic Theories of Personality
7.7Behaviorism and Social Cognitive Theories of Personality
7.8Humanistic Theories of Personality
7.9Trait Theories of Personality
🛋 Unit 8: Clinical Psychology
8.0Unit 8 Overview: Clinical Psychology
8.1Introduction to Psychological Disorders
8.2Psychological Perspectives and Etiology of Disorders
8.3Neurodevelopmental and Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorders
8.4Bipolar, Depressive, Anxiety, and Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
8.5Trauma- and Stressor Related, Dissociative, and Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders
8.6Feeding and Eating, Substance and Addictive, and Personality Disorders
8.7Introduction to Treatment of Psychological Disorders
8.8Psychological Perspectives and Treatment of Disorders
8.9Treatment of Disorders from the Biological Perspective
👫 Unit 9: Social Psychology
9.0Unit 9 Overview: Social Psychology
9.1Attribution Theory and Person Perception
9.2Attitude Formation and Attitude Change
9.3Conformity, Compliance, and Obedience
9.4Group Influences on Behavior and Mental Processes
9.5Bias, Prejudice, and Discrimination
9.6Altruism and Aggression
🧐 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
✍️ Free Response Questions (FRQ)
⏱️ 4 min read
June 16, 2020
The one thing you need to know about this question:
Define and apply concepts like a
The AP Psychology Exam 📓 consists of
100 multiple-choice questions
66.7% of the score
2 free-response questions
33.3% of the final score
Skill 1: Concept Understanding - Requires you to identify and explain various concepts and theories from the course. You must be able to use these concepts/theories to explain behavior and apply them to unique scenarios.
Skill 2: Data Analysis - Requires you to analyze and interpret quantitative data.
Skill 3: Research Analysis - Requires you to analyze research design in order to assess strengths, weaknesses, threats to validity, ethical issues, etc.
Essentially, the FRQ is applied vocabulary. The two FRQ questions will target the following skills
Question 1: Content Application This question will require you to identify various concepts from the course and apply them to a given scenario. Skill category 1 will be the main focus here.
Question 2: Research Design This question will require you to analyze research design and quantitative data for a given example. It may also require you to apply concepts to the example as well. All skill categories are assessed here, but Skill category 3 is the main focus.
Each question will have a given scenario or experiment, followed by 7 bulleted items. You will be required to apply each bulleted item to the given scenario. You will get one point for each term you correctly define and apply.
For an example, click here.
Create a table or graph to illustrate data (remember to include labels is necessary!)
Provide the meaning of a term
Explain the characteristics of a topic
Draw a conclusion
Use the given information to formulate an educated and defensible inference
Give relevant information (based on evidence or reasoning) about how or why a specific phenomenon or event occurs
Provide the required information, without elaboration.
Be sure to read the prompt in its entirety before you begin writing.
For each question, you should spend 10-12 minutes planning and 10-12 minutes writing. Remember to always plan your response before you begin writing!
Annotate the question by underlining important words, task verbs, names, or phrases.
Make sure that you write in complete sentences. You may choose to write in essay form or you may bullet your responses, but EVERYTHING must be written in complete sentences; otherwise, it will not be graded. Outlines are NOT accepted.
Also, remember to think and speak like a scientist. Instead of saying an experiment is “bad,” you should say that it “lacks validity.” Be as specific as possible when writing.
Check off terms after you use them so you do not accidentally skip one.
A helpful acronym for the FRQ is “CHUG SODAS!”
C: Be concise in your response.
H: Make sure your handwriting is legible!
U: Underline the word/phrase you are applying.
G: Get rid of any introduction and/or conclusion-- they are not needed here!
S: Space out the parts of your answer to make reading easy and clear.
O: Attack the words in the order they are presented in the question.
D: Define the term in your own words and then…
A: Apply it to the given scenario.
S: Use synonyms whenever possible.*
*For example, if the term is validity do not define the term as “how valid a test is”; instead try something like, “the degree to which a test measures what it is intended to measure.”
The FRQ is essentially a test in applied vocabulary. You must know the term and be able to apply it to a given context.
Read the prompt fully and carefully before writing.
Mark it up- underline keywords, phrases, and task verbs.
Brainstorm before you begin writing.
WRITE IN COMPLETE SENTENCES!
Underline the words as you use them in your response.
Go in order and check each part off as you complete it.
Think and speak like a scientist.
Be as specific as possible!
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