AP® Psychology

Trusted tips and strategies from Barron’s experts to get you through exam day.

August 1, 2021

What’s Tested on the AP Psychology Exam?

The AP Psychology exam has two parts: a multiple-choice section and a free-response section. You will have two hours to complete the whole test. The multiple-choice portion of the exam contains 100 five-choice (A to E) questions. You will have 70 minutes to complete this section. 

August 1, 2021

Top 5 Study Tips for the AP Psychology Exam

Preparing for the AP Psychology Exam can seem overwhelming, but the following five tips will help you approach the test confidently and help you hit your goal AP Psychology Exam score. 

August 1, 2021

AP Psychology Key Terms

Having a strong knowledge of the key terms you’ll come across on the AP Psychology exam will do more than boost your multiple-choice score; you’ll also be better prepared to respond to both the Concept Application and Research Design essay prompts. 

August 1, 2021

Top AP Psychology Exam Multiple-Choice Question Tips

Two-thirds of your AP Psychology exam grade depends upon your performance on the multiple-choice questions. You will take the multiple-choice section of the test first. It is comprised of 100 questions, and you will be allotted 70 minutes to answer them. This section of the test includes a mix of easier and more difficult multiple choice questions. Therefore, don’t be alarmed if you have more trouble answering some of the questions: do your best and move on! If you have time after finishing all the questions, you can look back at the items you had trouble with and think about them a bit more. Below, we summarized a few test-taking strategies we think will help you with the exam.

August 1, 2021

Top AP Psychology Exam Free-Response Questions Tips

Every year around the beginning of June, high school and college psychology ­teachers gather at a university for one purpose: to grade AP Psychology free-response question answers. These readers are assigned to one of the two essay questions and go through careful training to ensure they grade your writing fairly and consistently. Readers go through several reliability checks during the reading to make sure each free-response answer is read fairly. This is a unique grading experience for many of the readers, just as writing the AP Psychology free-response answer might be a unique writing experience for you. 

August 1, 2021

AP Psychology Sample Free-Response Question

Read the following sample AP Psychology free-response question, grading rubric, and answer for an idea of what you’ll see on the AP Psychology exam.