Kaplan's AP Psychology Prep Plus contains everything you need to get a good score on the exam.
The format of this book allows you to tailor your experience to fit your schedule.
Register your book and get a glimpse of the additional online resources available to you.
In the next chapter, "How to Answer Free-Response Questions", you'll find a discussion of test-taking strategies tailored to the AP Psychology exam.
You'll learn how to prepare for and answer the multiple choice and free-response questions on the exam.
There is no single recipe for success that works for everyone.
To give you the best chance to succeed, we have developed three different study plans, each offering guidance on how to make the most of your study time, based on how many weeks you have to prepare.
Each of the Rapid Review and Practice chapters contains assessments that will help you to determine your strengths and weaknesses, along with specific recommendations on how to use that knowledge to better organize your studying.
You can make optimal choices about how to study by following a deliberate pattern in the Rapid Review and Practice chapters.
After introducing the chapter's Learning Objectives, each begins with a "Test What You Already Know" section containing a quiz and a list of key terms, so you can see how you stand with the content before you even begin studying it.
The section called "Rapid Review" contains a summary of key terms and a complete list of definitions.
You can see how you're doing after taking the "Test What You Learned" section.
"Next Steps" will give you instructions based on your performance in the pre-quiz and post-quiz.
The Rapid Review and Practice chapters will allow you to figure out exactly how much you need to study each topic and what to do to do that effectively.
There are chapters in the Comprehensive Review.
These chapters are similar to the textbook you used in class.
These bold terms are the same ones that appear in the Rapid Review and Practice checklists, and they follow the same order to make it easier for you to navigate between chapters.
When information is absolutely essential to know, the most commonly tested subtopics are marked with High Yield icons.
The book contains almost 800 test-like questions, but you may still want to practice on certain topics.
That's what the online quizzes are for, with one additional quiz for each of the topic areas, for a total of225 additional questions.
There are six full-length practice exams included in the book.
The practice exams mimic the real test in a number of ways, including multiple choice and free-response sections, and the questions on different topics are exactly what you'll get when you take the real thing.
You can get an idea of what it's like to answer psychology questions on an AP exam.
It's not a great experience, but it's helpful.
You won't make mistakes on your real exam if you make mistakes on our practice exams.
When to take the practice exams can be found in the study plan bookmarks.
You can use the score calculator in your online resources to see what number of exams you would get for the same performance on the real thing.
There is a tear-out sheet in the front of the book with three separable bookmarks.
One of these bookmarks can be used to hold your place in the book and to keep track of your progress in completing one of the study plans.
How much time you have to prepare is all you need to make a decision.
If you have two months or more with plenty of time to study, you should use the Two months plan.
If you only have about a month, or more than a month, but with less time to focus on AP Psychology, choose the One Month Plan.
The two weeks plan is your best bet if you have less than a month to prepare.
You can follow the instructions in any plan you choose.
Tailoring the recommendations to your study schedule is possible, as long as you stick to the order and timing that the plan recommends.
If you have six weeks before your exam, you could use the One Month Plan, but spread out the recommended activities for Week 1 across the first two weeks of your studying.
The guidelines in the Rapid Review and Practice chapters can be used to further personalize how you study.
The AP Psychology exam can be challenging, but with the right mindset, you can get yourself on track for earning the 3, 4, or 5 that you need to qualify for college credit or advanced placement.
Strategies to aid you on each section of the exam can be found below.
Multiple-choice questions in psychology are easy to understand.
Major theories and concepts, historical experiments and studies, and noteworthy psychologists are some of the key terms.
The majority of questions will ask you to either identify one of these terms based on a description or ask you to define or apply it.
The best way to prepare for the AP Psychology exam is to learn the terms and practice with sample questions, because the free-response questions rely on knowledge of terminology.
Key terms and practice questions are the focus of the Rapid Review and Practice chapters.
It's important to learn both the definitions of terms and the connections they have to other terms when studying terminology.
For specific theoretical approaches, you should know what theories and concepts they include, as well as which psychologists belong to each approach.
Specific psychologists should be aware of what theories and concepts they are responsible for, as well as any major experiments they have conducted.
It's easier to remember when you take the exam if you organize the information in your mind in a more connected way.
The questions on the AP Psychology exam are numbered, but that doesn't mean you have to answer them in chronological order.
With 70 minutes to answer 100 questions, you only have 42 seconds to answer each question.
If you spend a lot of time puzzling over a tough question, you lose time that could be used to answer other questions.
Every question is worth the same amount.
You should be able to answer the questions in an order that plays to your strengths and reduces your weaknesses.
It's always a good idea to skip over a tough question and come back to it later.
There is no penalty for wrong answers on the multiple-choice section.
It's a good idea to save yourself some time at the end to make guesses on any questions you missed or didn't have time to answer.
If you finish early, you can go back to answer any questions you missed in that section.
A blind guess on the AP Psychology exam gives you a small chance of getting the correct answer.
Eliminate one and you're at 25%, two and you're at 33%, three and you're at 50%.
When the correct answer isn't immediately clear, eliminate and see where it leads.
While the multiple-choice questions in Section I are the same as the free-response questions in Section II, the strategies used to answer them are different enough to merit a separate chapter.
Everything you need to know to maximize your score can be found in "How to Answer Free-Response Questions".
Under timed conditions, take a full-length practice exam.
You can use the techniques and strategies in the book.
If you have less than 48 hours left before your real exam, do not take a full-length practice exam.
Doing so may hurt your score on the test.
Don't worry about your score or the question you got right or wrong.
Pick a few topics where you struggled the most and brush up on them one final time, instead of examining your overall performance on the different topics.
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Know where you're going, how you're getting there, and how long it will take to get there.
It's a good idea to visit your test center before your exam so that you know what to expect, such as the rooms, desks, and so on.
The night before the exam is a good time to relax.
Take a long, hot shower and read a good book.
Get a good night's sleep.
Leave yourself more time in the morning by going to bed early.
Wake up on time.
It should be something substantial, but not too heavy or greasy.
Don't drink a lot of coffee if you're not used to it.
Too much coffee is a bad idea because bathroom breaks cut into your time.
The temperature of the testing room can be adjusted by wearing layers.
The exam should not be the first thing you read.
Get there early.
Allow yourself more time for traffic, mass transit delays, and detours.
Remember how well you've prepared if you find your confidence slipping.
You know the structure of the exam, you've had practice with it, and you've learned how to answer every question.
Don't panic if something goes wrong.
If you misplace your answer page or put the answers in the wrong section, raise your hand and tell the proctor.
When it won't cost you anything, he or she may be able to arrange for you to regrid your exam after it's over.
You could walk out of the exam thinking you didn't do well.
This is a normal reaction.
Lots of people feel that way.
You remember the questions that stumped you, not the ones that you knew.
We're positive that you will have performed well and scored your best on the exam because you followed the Kaplan strategies outlined in this and the next chapter and reviewed all the content provided in the other chapters.