AP Psychology Exam

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This 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.

The AP Psychology Exam measures students' knowledge of the 14 key topics and fields of study in psychology and tests their ability to define, compare, and apply concepts and research findings. Questions are based on key terminology, scientific methodology, and theories associated with each subfield.

The exam covers the following areas. The percentage indicates the portion of the multiple-choice section of the exam focused on each content area:

Test Details
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%