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The AP Psychology Exam

Exam Day 2017

Mon, May 1, 12 noon

Exam Duration

2 hours

Exam Overview

The AP Psychology Exam measures students' knowledge of the 14 key topics and fields of study in psychology and tests their ability to define, compare, and apply concepts and research findings. Questions are based on key terminology, scientific methodology, and theories associated with each subfield.

Free-response questions may require students to interrelate different content areas and to analyze and evaluate psychological constructs and, more generally, theoretical perspectives.

A note about the DSM and the AP Psychology Exam: All terminology, criteria, and classifications referred to in multiple-choice and free-response questions adhere to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5).

Encourage your students to visit the AP Psychology student page for exam information and exam practice.

Access online score reports for your students.

Exam Format

This AP Exam formats document (.pdf/114 KB) shows how this year's format compares to last year's.

Exam Questions and Scoring Information

Looking for sample multiple-choice and free-response questions? You can find them in:

The Course Description (.pdf/461KB), which has everything you need to know about the course and exam.


A full practice exam on AP Course Audit. Log in to your account and then click on the Secure Documents link within the Resources section of your Course Status page.


The AP Psychology Released Exams.


The Student Performance Q&A. In this invaluable resource, the Chief Reader of the AP Exam compiles feedback from members of the reading leadership to describe how students performed on the FRQs, summarize typical student errors, and address specific concepts and content with which students have struggled the most that year.


A former Chief Reader answers common questions in Inside the AP Psychology Reading.

And for free-response questions from prior exams, along with scoring information, check out the tables below.

Note: The version of the AP Psychology Exam administered internationally in 2015 – recently released to teachers as a practice exam – had been administered in 2014 to a small and randomly selected group of students in U.S. schools for equating purposes. Given the 2014 administration, several multiple-choice questions on that exam were not aligned with DSM-5. In order not to disadvantage students who took the international version of the exam this year, those six questions were removed from scoring. They were removed from the practice exam PDF as well, so as not to have current students practicing on outdated material.

 



2016: Free-Response Questions
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2015: Free-Response Questions
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2014: Free-Response Questions
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2013: Free-Response Questions
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2012: Free-Response Questions
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2011: Free-Response Questions
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2010: Free-Response Questions
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2009: Free-Response Questions
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2008: Free-Response Questions
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2007: Free-Response Questions
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2006: Free-Response Questions
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2005: Free-Response Questions
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2004: Free-Response Questions
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2003: Free-Response Questions
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