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.
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:
|History and Approaches||2-4%|
|Biological Bases of Behavior||8-10%|
|Sensation and Perception||6-8%|
|States of Consciousness||2-4%|
|Motivation and Emotion||6-8%|
|Testing and Individual Differences||5-7%|
|Treatment of Psychological Disorders||5-7%|
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.
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.
The grade distributions for the Psychology scores since 2010 were:
|Number of Students||177,708||197,719||220,361|