AP PSYCHOLOGY EXAM: 2 HOURS
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.
Free-response questions may require students to interrelate different content areas and to analyze and evaluate psychological constructs and, more generally, theoretical perspectives.
A note about the DSM and the AP Psychology Exam
The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was published in May 2013 with revisions to the criteria for the diagnosis and classifications of mental disorders.
Beginning with the 2015 AP Psychology Exam, all terminology, criteria and classifications referred to among multiple-choice and free-response questions will adhere to the new fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5).
The version of the AP Psychology Exam administered internationally in 2015 – recently released to teachers as a practice exam – had been administered in 2014 to a small and randomly selected group of students in U.S. schools for equating purposes. Given the 2014 administration, several multiple-choice questions on that exam were not aligned with DSM-5. In order not to disadvantage students who took the international version of the exam this year, those six questions were removed from scoring. They were removed from the practice exam PDF as well, so as not to have current students practicing on outdated material.
Format of Assessment
Section I: Multiple Choice | 100 Questions | 70 Minutes | 66.6% of Exam Score
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