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AP Psychology Review. Success on the AP Psychology Exam. Knowledge Need to know the material of a typical Introduction to Psychology course at the college level. Typical college course meets for 15 weeks, 3 times a week for 45 class hours. Textbooks Weiten Text: 714 pages

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    1. AP Psychology Review

    2. Success on the AP Psychology Exam • Knowledge • Need to know the material of a typical Introduction to Psychology course at the college level. • Typical college course meets for 15 weeks, 3 times a week for 45 class hours. • Textbooks • Weiten Text: 714 pages • Gleitman Text: 720 pages • Bernstein Text: 627 pages • Myers Text: 794 pages

    3. Success on the AP Psychology Exam • Understanding of the AP Psychology Test • Knowing the basic elements of the AP Psychology test including: • Number of questions in the total test • Number of questions from each individual unit • Types of questions possible • How the questions are arraigned? • How is the test scored?

    4. Success on the AP Psychology Exam • Motivation • Drive to do well on the test • Reasons for a 5 • Time/Work • Willingness to put in the time and effort needed to succeed • Confidence • Feeling you are prepared and have the skills needed to pass the test.

    5. Success on the AP Psychology Exam

    6. Success on the AP Psychology Exam

    7. Success on the AP Psychology Exam

    8. Success on the AP Psychology Exam

    9. Success on the AP Psychology Exam

    10. Success on the AP Psychology Exam

    11. Success on the AP Psychology Exam

    12. Success on the AP Psychology Exam

    13. Success on the AP Psychology Exam

    14. Success on the AP Psychology Exam

    15. Success on the AP Psychology Exam

    16. Success on the AP Psychology Exam

    17. Success on the AP Psychology Exam

    18. Success on the AP Psychology Exam

    19. Test Taking Strategies • General Tips for Test Taking • Multiple Choice Section • Free Response Questions

    20. General Tips for Test Taking • Know the structure of the test • Multiple Choice Section - 100 questions • A-E • Column format • Questions taken from every unit on a percentage basis

    21. AP Psychology Exam Structure History and Approaches 2-4% Research Methods 8-10% Biological Bases of Behavior 8-10% Sensation and Perception 6-8% States of Consciousness 2-4% Learning 7-9% Cognition 8-10% Motivation and Emotion 6-8% Developmental Psychology 7-9% Personality 5-7% Testing and Individual Differences 5-7% Abnormal Psychology 7-9% Treatment of Psychological Disorders 5-7% Social Psychology 8-10%

    22. AP Psychology Exam Structure Research Methods 8-10% Biological Bases of Behavior 8-10% Cognition 8-10% Social Psychology 8-10% Abnormal Psychology 7-9% Developmental Psychology 7-9% Learning 7-9% Motivation and Emotion 6-8% Sensation and Perception 6-8% Personality 5-7% Testing and Individual Differences 5-7% Treatment of Psychological Disorders 5-7% History and Approaches 2-4% States of Consciousness 2-4%

    23. AP Psychology Exam Structure History, Approaches and Research Methods 10-14% Biological Bases of Behavior 8-10% Cognition 8-10% Social Psychology 8-10% Abnormal Psychology 7-9% Developmental Psychology 7-9% Learning 7-9% Motivation and Emotion 6-8% Sensation and Perception 6-8% Personality 5-7% Testing and Individual Differences 5-7% Treatment of Psychological Disorders 5-7% States of Consciousness 2-4%

    24. General Tips for Test Taking • Know the structure of the test • Free Response Section - 2 questions • No choice • Multiple parts

    25. Free Response Question 2009 #1 1. Dimitri and Linda are trying to learn a new routine to compete successfully in a dance competition. Give an example of how each of the following could affect their performance. Definitions without application do not score. • Extrinsic motivation • Punishment • Proactive interference • Endorphins • Vestibular system • Divergent thinking • Introversion

    26. Free Response Question 2009 #2 2. James is in a driver’s education course preparing to take his driving test. The course includes both book work and driving on the road to prepare students for a written test and a road test. (a) Describe how each of the following might influence his ability to drive a car during the road test. Definitions without application do not score. • Cognitive map • Cerebellum • Observational learning • Human factors (b) Describe how each of the following are related to the results of the written test. Definitions without application do not score. • Reticular formation • Predictive validity • Semantic memory

    27. General Tips for Test Taking • Make good use of your time and be aware of time restraints • Multiple Choice - 70 minutes (100 questions) • Free Response - 50 minutes (2 questions) • Bring a watch to the test • Directions on exam (see next slide)

    28. General Tips for Test Taking • Make good use of your time and know your time restraints • “Use your time effectively, working as quickly as you can without losing accuracy. Do not spend too much time on any one question. Go on to other questions and come back to the ones you have not answered if you have time. It is not expected that everyone will know the answers to all of the multiple-choice questions.”

    29. General Tips for Test Taking • Read the directions carefully • “Mark the one best answer” • “Mark all correct answers” • AP Psychology test says: • “Each of the questions or incomplete statements below is followed by five suggested answers or completions. Select the one that is best in each case and then fill in the corresponding oval on the answer sheet.”

    30. General Tips for Test Taking • Know how the test is graded • Multiple Choice • 2/3 of overall grade • 100 Points • Free Response • 1/3 of overall grade • 50 Points • 150 Total Points

    31. General Tips for Test Taking • Don’t waste time with extremely difficult questions • Don't waste time pondering difficult-to-answer questions excessively. If you have no idea at all, just guess (if there is no penalty for doing so) and go on. If you need to devote a good deal of time to the question, skip it and mark it so you can return to it later if time permits.

    32. General Tips for Test Taking • Are charts, graphs, drawings, etc. on the test? • Are there names on the test?

    33. General Tips for Test Taking • Keep to the level of the test • Adopt the appropriate level of sophistication for the test. Don't read things into questions. Sometimes students make things more complex that they were intended to be. Often, simple-looking questions are just what they appear to be. • AP Psychology test appears to go from easiest questions to the hardest questions.

    34. General Tips for Test Taking • AP Psychology test: You cannot ask any questions.

    35. General Tips for Test Taking • If possible, review your answers • If you complete all of the questions and still have some time remaining, review the test. Make sure that you have recorded your answers correctly, especially when using a scanner sheet. If you were unsure of some answers, go back and reconsider them.

    36. Tips for Multiple Choice Questions Multiple Choice Question Structure Stem 1.Which of the following is responsible for focusing the image on the retina? Decoys/distracters A. cornea B. optic nerve C. rods D. cones Correct Answer E. lens

    37. Tips for Multiple Choice Questions Anticipate the answer As you read the stem of each multiple choice question, anticipate the answer if you can, before looking at the options. If the answer you anticipated is among the options, it is likely to be the correct one.

    38. Tips for Multiple Choice Questions Anticipate the answer When Shelly first had cable television service installed, Public Broadcasting (PBS) was on channel 9. Her cable company then switched PBS to channel 16. Shelly now has trouble remembering that PBS is on channel 16 and not on channel 9. This memory problem represents (AP Psychology Exam 2004 #86)

    39. Tips for Multiple Choice Questions Anticipate the answer When Shelly first had cable television service installed, Public Broadcasting (PBS) was on channel 9. Her cable company then switched PBS to channel 16. Shelly now has trouble remembering that PBS is on channel 16 and not on channel 9. This memory problem represents (A) memory decay (B) retrograde amnesia (C) reconstruction errors (D) retroactive interference (E) proactive interference (AP Psychology Exam 2004 #86)

    40. Tips for Multiple Choice Questions Anticipate the answer When Shelly first had cable television service installed, Public Broadcasting (PBS) was on channel 9. Her cable company then switched PBS to channel 16. Shelly now has trouble remembering that PBS is on channel 16 and not on channel 9. This memory problem represents (A) memory decay (B) retrograde amnesia (C) reconstruction errors (D) retroactive interference (E) proactive interference (AP Psychology Exam 2004 #86)

    41. Tips for Multiple Choice Questions Completely read each question and every answer Always read each question completely. Continue reading even if you find your anticipated answer among the options. There may be a more complete option farther down the list.

    42. Tips for Multiple Choice Questions Completely read each question and every answer Which of the following is evidence of the reliability of a new intelligence test? (A) A correlation of +0.90 exists between scores on the new test and scores on the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children. (B) The test predicts students’ ability to succeed in college. (C) The correlation between scores for identical twins taking the test is +0.90. (D) Baseline data for test norming are obtained from a diverse sample of several thousand participants. (E) The correlation between scores of participants who take two forms of the test is +0.90. (AP Psychology Exam 2004 #70)

    43. Tips for Multiple Choice Questions Completely read each question and every answer Which of the following is evidence of the reliability of a new intelligence test? (A) A correlation of +0.90 exists between scores on the new test and scores on the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children. (B) The test predicts students’ ability to succeed in college. (C) The correlation between scores for identical twins taking the test is +0.90. (D) Baseline data for test norming are obtained from a diverse sample of several thousand participants. (E) The correlation between scores of participants who take two forms of the test is +0.90. (AP Psychology Exam 2004 #70)

    44. Tips for Multiple Choice Questions Re-phrase complicated questions If the question is too complex try to re-phrase it into a form you can understand. “In their deliberations and discussions regarding the process of developmental maturation, the advocates of the importance of nurture in the nature/nurture controversy emphasize which of the following concepts?” Which of the following do those who believe in nurture believe?

    45. Tips for Multiple Choice Questions Stick to the subject matter Watch for answers that have nothing to do with the subject matter of the course or have nothing to do with the subject matter of the particular unit the question is testing.

    46. Tips for Multiple Choice Questions Stick to the subject matter Alfred Binet’s most important contribution to psychology was in the area of (A) intelligence testing (B) visual perception (C) psychopathology (D) comparative psychology (E) classical conditioning (AP Psychology Exam 2004 #34)

    47. Tips for Multiple Choice Questions Stick to the subject matter Alfred Binet’s most important contribution to psychology was in the area of (A) intelligence testing (B) visual perception (C) psychopathology (D) comparative psychology (E) classical conditioning (AP Psychology Exam 2004 #34)

    48. Tips for Multiple Choice Questions Watch for help Look for answers or help within other questions of the test.

    49. Tips for Multiple Choice Questions Watch for help Which of the following theoretical frameworks would argue most strongly that a healthy child will choose what is good for his or her growth? (A) Social learning theory (B) Psychoanalytic (C) Behavioral (D) Humanistic (E) Psychodynamic (AP Psychology Exam 2004 #05)

    50. Tips for Multiple Choice Questions Watch for help Which of the following theoretical frameworks would argue most strongly that a healthy child will choose what is good for his or her growth? (A) Social learning theory (B) Psychoanalytic (C) Behavioral (D) Humanistic (E) Psychodynamic (AP Psychology Exam 2004 #05)