Monday, September 23, 2013

A breakdown of the recently released AP exam

If you are an AP Psychology teacher, we (Steve and Nancy) hope that you've seen the new released AP Psych exam that was shared (via the AP Course Audit site) earlier this month. As Nancy did last year with the previous released exam, she's again analyzed the exam and broken it down by content areas. She had questions on how to categorize a few of them, so we looked at those questions together and then came up with table below.

How to use this? A great way is to give it in your class as a practice exam, and then later let students see which questions they missed by content area. If they get 100% of the bio questions correct but only half of the sensation and perception questions, then they have a way to focus their review.

A final reminder: DO NOT SHARE THESE EXAMS ONLINE. I know that some teacher out there will think about posting this to their school's server and sharing it "just for my students to practice with," but very quickly that could be discovered and distributed widely. The College Board also has a pretty sobering reminder on the download page about what you could lose if you do this. I always just copy them, give them to student in paper-and-pencil mode, and then collect them at the end of the period.

Content area and CB range - comes from the AP Psychology course description
Numbers - represent the question numbers on the test. 

If you have questions or comments about how these were categorized, please let us know.
-- posted by Steve (for Nancy and Steve!)

7 comments:

Lauren Flahive said...

How do I access the 2013 released multiple-choice exam?? Please advise! Thank you!!

Steve Jones said...

The test is only available for AP Psych teachers who have been approved through the AP Course Audit process. If that's you, then go to http://www.collegeboard.com/html/apcourseaudit/, log into your account on the right side, and on the next page click on Secure Documents (lower left) and then the word Psychology to see the 2013 released exam.

Rob McEntarffer said...

This is great! Thanks for doing this!

Anne Meinrath said...

Thanks so much for the breakdown and alerting everyone to the availability of the new exam on the website.

I immediately took the exam and felt there were some great questions. But I wondered if anyone else has a question about the answer given for item #7?

Steve Jones said...

The question Anne is referring to has to do with the actor-observer bias, and I'm wondering both what other teachers think about the question. I'll get some thoughts and report back! If you are following, Anne, can you say what troubled you about the question? (I have my own ideas.)

Steve LaDouceur said...

I don't know who to contact, but the 2013 exam is online. Someone in Mesa Arizona posted it, as it is on their website.

The 2013 exam is now invalid...

Steve Jones said...

Steve and anyone else - please feel free to send me (steven.jones@dpsnc.net) an e-mail with that URL, or any URL for a site that has a copy of the test. I'll pass it on to the folks at College Board. (By the way, the 2013 exam was posted about one month after it was given "only to teachers," so its security has been long gone. Please assume every test is like this! Use the tests in your rooms for practice, but don't let them out, and don't post them online. --Steve