Monday, April 30, 2012

With the AP Psychology Exam just one week away, many of us are reaching the end to a long journey that started last fall. Below are some of the "last minute" items I (Kent) tell my students. Please Note: This listing is basically the same as previous years, with the exception of items in red.

General Information:
  • Monday May 07, 2012 in the afternoon.
  • Bring pencils and erasers for the multiple choice and blue or black pens for the FRQs.
  • Bring a watch that does not beep.
  • Do not wear any psychology related clothing.
  • Do not bring anything else: books, papers, calculators, cell phones, etc.
Multiple Choice Section:
  • 100 multiple choice questions
  • 70 minutes
  • 2/3 of the overall score
  • A-E Answers
  • Names, charts, graphs, drawings are all possible
  • There is no adjustment for guessing, if you are unsure about a question, take your best educated guess after using process of elimination
Free Response Section:
  • 2 required Free Response (essay) Questions
  • 50 minutes
  • 1/3 of the overall grade - 1/6 of grade for each question
  • Points are given for correct responses, not taken away for incorrect material
  • Once given, points can only be removed if one part of an answer contradicts another part
  • Read through both questions before doing anything else
  • Think through the answer before starting to write
  • Write an outline or notes on the test question pages.
  • Don’t be afraid to cross something out, if needed.  Anything crossed out will not be scored.
  • Write in complete sentences - DO NOT OUTLINE OR BULLET YOUR ANSWER.
  • Be as complete as possible, but keep to the point.
  • Watch the time. Don’t get caught short on essay #2
  • Structure the answer following the structure of the question
Test Security:
  • Do not discuss the multiple-choice section with anyone
  • Do not discuss the free response questions for 48 hours. The general rule of thumb is wait until the questions have been posted on the College Board website.
  • You may only discuss the free response questions released on the College Board website.  Any other free response questions must NOT be discussed.
  • Do NOT post, text, email etc. anything about the exam on the Internet, especially on Facebook, Twitter or other social networks
  • Do not come and visit me between the multiple choice section and free response section
If you have any questions on the above items, please contact me at Please feel free to leave any other ideas in the comments section below. Best of luck to everyone.

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