Chapter 1: What You Need to Know About the AP Psychology Exam
There are two sections to the AP Psychology exam.
Section I gives you 70 minutes to answer 100 multiple-choice questions.
There are five possible answer choices and only one correct answer.
Section II gives you 50 minutes to answer questions.
These questions can involve any of the content tested in the multiple-choice section, but will require you to make connections across a variety of theories and ideas that relate to each question's theme.
To get full credit on one of the questions, you'll need to write a brief essay that discusses a number of specified concepts or completes a number of particular tasks, often listed as bullet points in the prompt.
Section I has 100 points per question and two-thirds of the total points on the exam.
The questions in Section II are worth 7 points.
The weighted score for each of the two questions is calculated by taking the raw points and dividing them by the constant term.
The 50 points available in Section II make up one-third of the exam total.
Each correct multiple-choice question is worth one point, but no points are deducted from your score for answering a question wrong.
A blind guess has a 20% chance of being correct.
Multiple-choice scores are calculated by machine, but free-response questions are graded by humans.
It's important to address every task specified in the prompt, but it's not enough.
You will need to write sentences and paragraphs.
After your total score out of 150 points is calculated, your results are converted to a scaled score from 1 to 5.
The range of points for each scaled score varies depending on the difficulty of the exam in a particular year, but the significance of each value is constant from year to year.
Credit will not be given for a score below a 3, with moreselective schools requiring a 4 or 5.
Some schools will not give college credit if you have a bad score.
If you want to get a good score on the AP Psychology exam, you need to research schools that you plan to apply to.
You can register for the exam by contacting your school guidance counselor.
The College Board has a list of schools that administer the AP exam.
The current value of the fee for taking AP exams can be found at the official exam website.
The College Board offers a fee reduction for students who need it the most.
Most states offer exam subsidies to cover the remaining cost for eligible students.
If you want to learn about other sources of financial aid, contact your AP Coordinator.
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