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Frequently asked questions

  • Are this year’s AP exams different because of the current COVID-19 pandemic?

    Currently, CollegeBoard is planning a traditional, in-person AP exam administration for May 2021. If circumstances surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic do not allow for in-person testing, an alternate solution will be found (likely involving online testing).

  • How long is the AP Psychology exam?

    The AP Psychology exam is 2 hours long and includes two sections:

    • Section I: 100 multiple-choice questions, 1 hour and 10 minutes, 66.6% of total score
    • Section II: 2 free-response questions, 50 minutes, 33.3% of total score
  • Is AP Psychology hard?

    The AP Psychology exam is often regarded as one of the easier AP exams because it can be studied for in part through memorization, and it has just two free-response questions. However, like all AP exams the AP Psychology exam tests college-level material.

  • What is AP Psychology?

    AP Psychology is equivalent to an introductory college-level course that explores the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes.

  • How do I pass the AP Psychology exam?

    To pass the AP Psychology exam, you need to optimize the time you have between now and the exam.

    If you have eight weeks or more:

    • Complete a practice test to determine which concepts you need to focus on
    • Use your preferred study tools (questions, study packets, flashcards) to review those concepts
    • Complete another practice test to assess your progress, and then review the answers and explanations
    • Continue to study the concepts that are your greatest areas of opportunity
    • Complete one more practice test before the test

    If you have approximately four weeks:

    • Complete a practice test to determine which concepts you need to focus on
    • Use your preferred study tools (questions, study packets, flashcards) to review those concepts
    • Complete another practice test before the test to assess your progress, and then review the answers and explanations

    If you have two weeks or less:

    • Review the concepts you find most challenging using your preferred study tools (questions, study packets, flashcards)
    • Complete a practice test and review the answers and explanations
  • What does the AP Psychology exam consist of?

    The AP Psychology exam includes the following topics:

    • History, approaches, and research methods
    • Biological bases of behavior
    • Sensation, perception, and consciousness
    • Learning and cognition
    • Motivation, emotion, and personality
    • Abnormal behavior
    • Developmental and social psychology
  • What happened last year to the APs?

    In May 2020, since most schools were closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic AP exams were administered online. The exams were 45 minutes long and had only free-response questions. CollegeBoard is not currently planning to repeat this in May 2021. They anticipate a traditional, in-person exam administration this spring.