AP Psychology

AP Psychology Introduction and Summary

AP Psychology is a popular course designed to expose high school students to coursework that is similar to what an incoming college freshman would be studying. The course introduces fundamental concepts in psychology, including scientific methodologies for studying and assessing behavior in humans and animals.

Students will gain an understanding of the work, theories, and practices behind psychology that is used in everything from treating mentally ill patients to designing the most effective marketing program.

AP Psychology Course Goals

According to College Board, a proper AP Psychology course should be structured in a way that would expose students to these psychology concepts:

History of psychology and early practices

Developing theories and research methods

Understanding the role of biology

States of consciousness

Motivation and emotion

Personalities and individual differences

Abnormal behavior, illnesses and treatment      

If your AP Psychology is lacking one or more of the important areas above, you can always supplement your learning with the materials provided on this site.

AP Psychology Exam

The AP Psychology Exam (Advanced Placement) is broken up into two sections: multiple choice and free response. The exam will thoroughly gauge a student’s knowledge on the various aspects of the psychology course mentioned above. Students will have an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of the coursework, including scientific principles and analysis using the theories they’ve learned.

There are no barriers to enrolling in an AP Psychology class, although students should be prepared for rigorous studies as the course will mirror a college-level introductory class on the subject.


The AP Psychology Exam is graded based on 2 sections, a multiple choice section and a free response section:

Section I: 100 multiple choice questions (70 minutes)

Section II: 2 free response essay prompts (50 minutes)

Students will be given a score based on their combined results from both sections, with the multiple choice section being worth 2/3 of the overall grade and the free response section being worth the remaining 1/3.

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