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Chapter 4: Introduction: Using This Book
The purpose of this book is to give you the best possible preparation for the AP Psychology exam.
The structure of the test is an important part of your preparation.
We included an overview of the exam after this introduction.
The book begins with a diagnostic test to help you prepare for the exam.
After you have been exposed to all the information in your class, you may want to take this test.
The Multiple-Choice Error Analysis Sheet can help you identify areas of weakness and strength.
Take the percentage of questions you answered correctly and divide it by 14.
The number of questions on a topic is indicative of the amount of attention it gets on the exam.
You should spend the most time studying the areas where the most questions were asked and get a relatively low percentage of them correct.
There are two practice exams at the end of the book.
You can access the practice tests online at barronsbooks.com.
It is always best to take a practice exam under actual testing conditions, all at once and within the time limit.
An Error Analysis Sheet is included in every exam.
Most of the book was devoted to a review of the main areas of psychology.
The format of the exam is mirrored by the way the content is organized.
Your AP Psychology instructor can give you more information about the objectives of the course, which was recently revised by the College Board.
We are not reproducing these course objectives in this review book for legal reasons, but the content of this book corresponds closely to these new course objectives.
The aim is to include only the information you need to know for the exam in the review book.
The fact that some of this information is important is conveyed by highlighting such material as Tips.
Important terms and people are set in bold at the beginning of each chapter.
The College Board increased the number of psychologists in their most recent revision of their course outline, and all of them are described in this review book.
We recommend that you don't memorize a lot of these names.
The AP Psychology exam focuses on psychological concepts and ideas.
We suggest that you focus your study on the most significant psychologists in the "Fabulous 15" section.
There are multiple-choice practice questions and explanations at the end of each chapter.
If you want to test your comprehension, you should first review the material in the chapter and then answer all the review questions.
Chapter 15 presents a group of testing tips and Chapter 16 shows how to answer the free-response questions.
A number of examples of the kinds of essay questions likely to appear on the exam have been provided.
The model essay answers give you an idea of what the readers of the exam are looking for.
According to research by cognitive and educational psychologists, the following three principles are the most powerful ideas students can use to make their studying more efficient and effective.
The book helps you use the principles.
Studies show that spreading your studying out over a period of time is more effective than "massing" your studying just before you have to use the information.
The book begins with a test.
You can use this practice exam to find out which chapters you need to study the most.
This assessment of your strengths and weaknesses can be used to plan your study schedule.
To study and retain information, you should think about what psychological terms and concepts mean to you in your own words and attach your own personal examples to them.
Multiple examples of the terms and concepts are provided in the book.
The more you personalize the terms and examples, the more likely you are to remember them on the exam.
Learning is not a PASSIVE activity.
Research shows that it is very effective to interrupt your studying with small quizzes.
Even if students don't answer the questions correctly, they are more likely to remember the content if they answer frequently.
The book helps you take advantage of the testing effect.
Each chapter in the book is 20 to 30 pages long and ends with 15 practice questions.
After you finish studying each chapter, treat the practice questions like a mini-test.
Try to answer the questions without looking back at the chapter.
The experience of taking the test and thinking about your answers will help you remember the terms and concepts, even if you don't feel ready for the quiz at the end of the chapter.
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