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AP Psychology Exam - what should I know?

Hey everyone! I'm taking the AP Psychology exam soon and I'm starting to feel a bit stressed. What are some key topics or concepts I should focus on while studying to make sure I do well?

6 months ago

Hi there! AP Psychology covers a wide range of topics, but I can give you a few key areas to focus on as you prepare for the exam. It's essential to strike a balance between each unit and not neglect any particular sections. That said, here are some key topics and concepts you may want to emphasize during your study sessions:

1. Research Methods: Be familiar with different research methods such as experiments, correlational studies, surveys, and case studies. Understand the impacts of biases, ethics, and threats to internal and external validity.

2. Biological Bases of Behavior: Topics like the nervous system, neurotransmitters, brain structures, and the endocrine system are important. Additionally, understand genetics' role in behavior and psychological disorders.

3. Sensation & Perception: Understand the difference between sensation and perception, and thoroughly review the various sensory systems (visual, auditory, gustatory, etc.) and their respective processes.

4. Learning: Focus on classical conditioning, operant conditioning, observational learning, and the role of cognition in learning. Be prepared to provide examples, such as Pavlov's dogs and Skinner's experiments.

5. Memory: Study the different types of memory (sensory, short-term, long-term) and their respective processes. Be familiar with encoding, storage, and retrieval processes, and common topics like forgetting and memory improvement strategies.

6. Development: Grasp the main concepts and milestones associated with physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development. Be familiar with prominent theorists, such as Piaget, Kohlberg, and Erikson.

7. Personality: Be familiar with different theories of personality (psychoanalytic, humanistic, trait, etc.) Understand key concepts and measures of personality, like the Big Five traits and the self.

8. Psychological Disorders & Treatment: Know the main categories of disorders (anxiety, mood, personality, etc.), their diagnoses, and treatments. Understand the difference between the biopsychosocial and diathesis-stress models.

9. Social Psychology: Study the processes of conformity, obedience, and group dynamics. Understand topics like attitude formation, social perception, and prejudice, along with influential studies, such as Milgram's and Asch's experiments.

10. Statistics & Test Construction: Be familiar with basic statistical concepts, such as mean, median, mode, standard deviation, correlation, reliability, and validity.

To learn more, read this blog post: https://blog.collegevine.com/ultimate-guide-to-the-ap-psychology-exam/

Remember to practice free-response questions (FRQs) and familiarize yourself with the structure and scoring rubric. Look for sample questions and past exams to help you prepare. Good luck with your studying, and I hope you do well on the AP Psychology exam!

6 months ago

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