AP Psycology

All The Information You Need to Ace the Exam


Tips Before Starting the Class:

College Board Exam Tips: Directly from the college board website. Here is all the information you need to know to be prepared. Since, the creators of the College Board know most of the test information, almost all of their advice is credible.

Best Textbook Alternatives: (Will Not Lead to Information Overload)

PowerPoint Notes. Very thorough power point notes but might be too detailed in some areas and might lack information in others

Topic Outlines: These are some

Best Books to Buy Now:

For many exams, buying a practice book can make studying for the exam much easier. Some people specifically like the old fashion way of studying materials from a book and being able to take notes. The thing is not all books are good candidates for being prep books. The best books are those whose material matches that of the College Boards material. In many cases prep books might be rushed in order to match specific deadlines. Never rely on Amazon or Google’s ratings as many test prep companies pay those engines to put their material first. For example, although Barron’s test prep is a good company to use, they are always going to appear first on search results because they bid the most to be put up first.

Most importantly, don’t forget to let your books accompany you all throughout your course so you don’t procrastinate.

Barron’s AP Psycholoy Booklet:

  • Covers only the material that you need to know concisely
  • Great graphs, images, and details
  • Includes practice images and a sample glossary.

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Barron’s AP Psychology Cards:

  • Must Have for AP Psycology
  • Can act as a perfect set of second cards in addition to a self made one




Best Places to Study Before a Test

Albert.io Practice Problems: Although you might need to buy a full access subscription to this site, even the preview problems (there are a lot of them) are very effective in testing out individual concepts needed for preparation on the exam. This is ideal practice for MC problems

College Board FRQs:  [FRQ practice] These FRQs are from former exams. They are top quality material to use for studying because their format and style will match that of the AP Exam.

FRQ Writing Tips: This is definitely a great worksheet that explains how to get passed the grading method with FRQ questions using little knowledge. Mathematically speaking the information on this sheet are more valuable than time studied doing FRQs because a well written FRQ will stand out much more than one that is not well written.

Best Flashcards

Detailed Quizlet Flash Cards: This set of Study cards are very detailed an include over a thousand terms. It also includes pictures that allow the concepts to resonate more and thus become easier to memorize.

Easier Quizlet Flash Cards: This set of Study cards are about half the size of the detailed ones and can be more effective for broader concepts and lesser terms.

Pre-made: I don’t recommend buying flashcards for every exam because they are just not always necessary, however for the AP Psychology exam, I highly recommend buying them because terms and definitions are very important and will definitely be tested on the FRQ portion of the exam. Many teachers will tell their students not to focus on vocabulary because it is not tested in the MC portion of the exam, however it is still important on the FRQ. Buying flashcards is the best way to get used to using the terms the college board wants you to use. Thus while writing the FRQ, the terms will immediately be stuck in your head just like the lyrics of your favorite songs.

Best AP Exam Practice Tests

College Board FRQs: These FRQs are from former exams. They are top quality material to use for studying because their format and style will match that of the AP Exam.

Varsity Tutors MC Practice: These MC questions are very comprehensive and match a lot of those used on former exams. They also test both concepts and facts.

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Best Study Guides

Concept Connection Study Guide: Although not very detailed, this study guide does connect all of the most important concepts that will be assessed. For more focus on terms check out the best flashcards section.

Detailed  Study Guide: This study guide hits all the most important concepts that you need to know broken up in a very similar way as the AP Exam will be broken up.


More Study Material


Exam Format:

100 Multiple-Choice Questions (1 Hour 10 Minutes)

2 Free-Response Questions (50 Minutes)



Exam Date: May 7th, 2018