This blog post is a slightly edited version from what Kent has posted in the past. Just a few minor updates/edits.
With the AP Psychology Exam only a week and a half 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. Note: This listing is basically the same as previous years, with the exception of the guessing adjustment.
- Monday May 06, 2013 in the afternoon
- Bring pencils with erasers and blue or black pens
- 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.
- 100 multiple choice questions
- 70 minutes
- 2/3 of the overall grade
- A-E Answers
- Names, charts, graphs, drawings are all possible
- There is no 1/4 point adjustment for guessing, if you are not sure about a question, take your best educated guess after using process of elimination
- 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
- 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 in the test question booklet
- Don’t be afraid to cross something out, if needed
- Write in 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
- 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
- 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
Please feel free to leave any other ideas in the comments section below. Best of luck to everyone.
Updated posted by Chuck Schallhorn