Monday, September 16, 2013

The DSM and the AP Psych Exam

In case you missed this email, here is a clarification from the Collegeboard about the DSM-V and the AP Psych Exam.

Dear AP Psychology Teacher:
As many of you know, the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was published last May with revisions to the criteria for the diagnosis and classifications of mental disorders. In the interest of fairness and to allow time for publishers to integrate such changes into pertinent sections of AP® Psychology textbooks, the College Board has made the following decisions regarding upcoming AP Psychology Exams:
  1. Questions on the 2014 AP Psychology Exam will adhere to the terminology, criteria and classifications referred to in the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV-TR).
  1. Beginning with the 2015 AP Psychology Exam, all terminology, criteria and classifications referred to among multiple-choice and free-response items will adhere to the new fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5).

We appreciate your hard work to update your instruction and prepare students for success in earning college credit and placement in the study of psychology. Additional teacher support and updates can be found on theAP Psychology Online Teacher Community 
Kind regards,  Advanced Placement Program® 


mbritt said...

Thanks for this info. I was wondering about this issue. Appreciate you posting this.

Mary-Liz Wren said...

Just curious, do you know if there will be any workshops or updated materials through college board/APA for HS Psych teachers regarding the DSM 5 changes?

Steve Jones said...

Right now I don't know of anything that's "simple" but I do know of this document from the folks. The URL of their PDF is unwieldy, so I made it a little more simple: