Questions about the course
AP Psychology focuses on introducing students to the systematic and scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. For more details go to the two-page Course Overview (.pdf/559KB).
AP Psychology is equivalent to an introductory college psychology course.
There are no prerequisite courses, but students should be able to read and comprehend college-level texts and apply the conventions of Standard Written English in their writing.
Any motivated student should be given the chance to benefit from an AP course. If your school offers the PSAT/NMSQT®, you should use AP Potential™. This free online tool allows you to identify students who are likely to succeed in AP based on their PSAT/NMSQT or SAT® scores. Such scores have been proven to be stronger predictors of AP success than have high school grades or GPA.
These resources will help:
- The AP Psychology Course and Exam Description (.pdf/3MB) defines the course. If you download only one thing this year, make this it.
- Professional development such as one-day workshops, specialty conferences, and weeklong AP Summer Institutes are great for novices and experts alike.
- The AP Psychology Teacher Community gives you the opportunity to learn from colleagues and create a library of resources.
- The AP Psychology Teacher’s Guide (.pdf/1.6MB) contains sample syllabi, lesson plans, and teaching tips.
You can teach this course in a traditional one-semester format, as a yearlong course, or in a block schedule – whichever most benefits learning the material. If your course ends in the fall, schedule a review in the spring so your students are ready for the exam.
Questions about the AP Course Audit
The AP Course Audit is an authorization process that provides teachers and administrators with guidelines and requirements for offering AP courses. It also ensures that AP courses across high schools meet the same college-level criteria.
Yes. Every school wishing to offer an AP course must participate in the AP Course Audit.
The AP Course Audit requires the online submission of two documents: the AP Course Audit form and the teacher’s syllabus. The AP teacher and the school principal (or designated administrator) submit the Course Audit form, acknowledging the curricular and resource requirements. The syllabus, detailing how the AP course requirements will be met, is submitted by the AP teacher for review by college faculty.
The AP Course Audit page for this course will give you the tools you’ll need to create and submit your syllabus for authorization, including information and guidelines, sample syllabi, and a tutorial.
Questions about the exam
These resources will help:
- A full practice exam is available by logging in to your AP Course Audit account.
- Free-response questions (FRQs) with student samples and scoring guidelines can be accessed from the course’s exam information page.
- Scroll down the “Scoring” column in the free-response questions table to find yearly Student Performance Q&A’s from the Chief Reader that describe how students performed on the FRQs, typical student errors, and specific concepts that challenged students the most that year.
- Released exams are available for free download on the course home page, and 10-packs can be purchased in the College Board store.
The exam is given each year in early May. Go to the Exam Calendar for the most current exam dates.
That depends on the college. Tell your students to use the AP Credit Policy Info tool to verify the credit/placement policies at the colleges they are considering.