The AP Psychology course introduces students to the systematic and scientific study of human behavior and mental processes.
While considering the psychologists and studies that have shaped the field, students explore and apply psychological theories, keyconcepts, and phenomena associated with such topics as the biological bases of behavior, sensation and perception, learning
and cognition, motivation, developmental psychology, testing and individual differences, treatment of abnormal behavior, and social psychology. Throughout the course, students employ psychological research methods, including ethical considerations, as they use the scientific method, evaluate claims and evidence, and effectively communicate ideas.
There are no prerequisites for AP Psychology. Students should be able to read a college-level textbook and write grammatically
correct, complete sentences.
AP Psychology Course Content
The AP Psychology course includes the systematic and scientific
study of behavior and mental processes represented by the
• History and Approaches
• Research Methods
• Biological Bases of Behavior
• Sensation and Perception
• States of Consciousness
• Motivation and Emotion
• Developmental Psychology
• Testing and Individual Differences
• Abnormal Behavior
• Treatment of Abnormal Behavior
• Social Psychology
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.
Format of Assessment
Section I: Multiple Choice | 100 Questions | 1 Hour, 10 Minutes | 66.6% of Exam Score
• Define and explain content from a range of course topics
• Apply skills of comparison and interpretation to course concepts, theories, and scientific methods
Section II: Free Response | 2 Questions | 50 Minutes | 33.3% of Exam Score
Topics/themes addressed by these questions may include (but are not limited to) the following:
• Analyze a unique scenario using concepts from different theoretical frameworks or subdomains in the field
• Design, analyze, or critique a research study