Monday, September 17, 2012

Using the new AP Psychology practice test

Take the Challenge!

As we noted on the blog earlier, the College Board has just released a new secure practice test.  This has potential for us as teachers to "take the challenge" as well as to use this as a teaching tool in the classroom.  Please keep in mind that great questions are hard to find, so maintaining the integrity of the test is critical.

To help in selecting possible questions or helping students identify areas of weakness later when you may give this exam, below is a table of the items sorted by topic.  As each text is somewhat differently organized, it may not be a perfect match, but the material is in chapter-like groups in the first table, and in College Board Score report groups in the second table.

** You can also download this list as a Word document.

By TEXTBOOK CHAPTER (the numbers refer to the questions on the 2012 released exam)

1 - History, approaches, and subfields of psychology - 1, 6, 44, 65
2 - Research methods, ethics, statistics - 3, 22, 31, 34, 40, 41, 48, 56, 78, 85
3 - Biology of the mind/neuroscience - 4, 18, 19, 29, 33, 50, 73, 80, 81
4 - Sensation/Perception - 10, 11, 16, 28, 43, 46, 61
5 - States of Consciousness - 9,15, 77
6 - Learning - 45, 53, 55, 60, 62, 86 
7 - Cognition - 37, 51, 58, 79, 83, 89, 93, 95, 100 
8 - Motivation and Emotion - 12, 25, 64, 71, 72, 75, 88, 97
9 - Lifespan Development - 5, 14, 21, 32, 42, 52, 67, 87
10 - Personality - 13, 17, 26, 35, 39, 47, 74, 84
11 - Testing and Individual Differences - 24, 49, 59, 63, 66, 69, 92, 98
12 - Psychological Disorders - 2, 7, 68, 90
13 - Treatment of disorders - 20, 23, 30, 38, 57, 70
14 - Social Psychology - 8, 27, 36, 54, 76, 82, 91, 94, 96, 99

BY COLLEGE BOARD TOPIC DESIGNATIONS

Methods and History, Testing and Individual differences
1,3, 6, 22, 24, 31, 34, 38, 40, 41, 44, 48, 49, 56, 59, 63, 65, 66, 69, 78, 85, 92, 98

Biology/Sensation/Perception/Consciousness
4, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 18, 19, 28, 29, 33, 36, 43, 46, 50, 61,73, 77, 80, 96

Learning and cognition
37, 45, 51, 53, 55, 58, 60, 62, 79, 83, 86, 89, 93, 95, 100

Developmental/Social
5, 8, 4, 21, 27 32, 36, 42, 52, 54, 67, 76, 82, 87, 91, 94, 99

Personality/Motivation/Emotion
12,13, 17, 25, 26, 35, 39, 47, 64, 71, 72,74, 75, 81, 84, 88, 97

Abnormal Behavior/TX of Abnormal Behavior
2, 7, 20, 23, 30, 38, 57, 68, 70, 90



-- written by Nancy/posted by Steve

2 comments:

JBouwkamp said...

Thank you for this. It is so helpful!

Rob McEntarffer said...

Great resource! I use a table like this at AP workshops so that we as a group can identify areas of strength/weakness and figure out which chapters we should focus on. This same process could be used with kids before the exam? They could use this information to figure out which chapter they should spend time studying instead of trying to review "everything." Nicely done!