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AP Psychology  

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AP Psychology Course Description

   AP Psychology is designed to introduce students to the scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings. To accomplish this, the course provides instruction in each of the following 14 content areas: History and Approaches, Research Methods, Biological Bases of Behavior, Sensation and Perception, States of Consciousness, Learning, Cognition, Motivation and Emotion, Developmental Psychology, Personality, Testing and Individual Differences, Abnormal Psychology, Treatment of Psychological Disorders, and Social Psychology.

   In an effort to make budding psychologists out of you, the course will stress the need to think like a psychologist. As author and social psychologist, David Myers, notes, to think like a psychologist one must “restrain intuition with critical thinking, judgmentalism with compassion, and illusion with understanding.” (Sternberg, 1997). Whether you choose to pursue a career in psychology or in some entirely different field, this habit of mind will be of great value.

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  • How AP Exams Are Scored

    THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMES FROM AP CENTRAL: 

     

    How AP Exams Are Scored

    The exam scoring process, like the course and exam development process, relies on

    the expertise of both AP teachers and college faculty.  While multiple-choice questions

    are scored by machine, the free-response questions are scored by thousands of college

    faculty and expert AP teachers at the annual AP Reading.

    AP Exam Readers are thoroughly trained, and their work is monitored throughout the Reading for fairness and consistency.

    In each subject, a highly respected college faculty member fills the role of Chief Reader, who, with the help of AP Readers in leadership positions, maintains the accuracy of the scoring standards.  Scores on the free-response questions are weighted and combined with the weighted results of the computer-scored multiple-choice questions.

    These composite, weighted raw scores are converted into the reported AP Exam scores of 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1.

     

    AP Exam scores of 4 are equivalent to college grades of A–, B+, and B.

    AP Exam scores of 3 are equivalent to college grades of B–, C+, and C.

    AP Score Qualification 5    Extremely well qualified

        4    Well qualified

                                            3    Qualified

        2    Possibly qualified

        1    No recommendation

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