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Sample Questions & Scoring Guidelines

The AP Psychology Exam is two hours long. In Section I, students are given one hour and 10 minutes to answer 100 multiple-choice questions; in Section II, they must answer two free-response questions in 50 minutes.

You can find additional free-response questions and scoring guidelines on AP Central, along with grade distributions and examples of actual students' responses and

 

http://stutzfamily.com/mrstutz/APPsych/essaytips.html

 
 
 
On the college board site listed below, the released tests from 2002 through 2011 are listed.  The actual questions that were asked and also the scoring guides.  We will use these as samples and will model our testing practice on these released questions.
 
 
 
Sample questions:

1.      Arthur, a graduate student in a Neuroscience class, is reading a journal that explains how some  new, experimental drugs could possibly be used to treat schizophrenia, epileptic seizures,       Parkinson’s disease, depression, and Alzheimer’s. Explain how the following terms could be  applied to the journal article. In other words, each term must connect with one of the above psychological disorders.
                a. Dopamine
                b. GABA
                c. Agonist
                d. Antagonist
                e. reuptake
                f. Acetylcholine
                g. blood-brain barrier



2.      Jaime left the basketball game late and proceeded to walk to her car, located in a dark parking lot. She could not initially see her keys in her purse, and because it was late, she began to panic and  worry that she might have left them in the gym.  She frantically began to search through her purse in desperation. After a few moments she stopped and began to cry. She decided to reach into her       pocket to get her cell phone to call her mother to pick her up, when she noticed her keys were in her coat pocket. Relieved she found her keys, she drove home.
        Based on this story, describe the physiological responses occurring in Jaime’s body by using the         following terms in your explanation:
        a. Parasympathetic nervous system
        b. Sympathetic nervous system
 c. Somatic Nervous system
        d. Motor neurons
 e. Interneurons
        f. Sensory neurons
 g. Central Nervous System


3.       Suppose you are playing an engaging and competitive game of chess with your friend on a warm,
        sunny day in the city's park system. Describe how the following structures might play a role in your chess match.
        a. Pre-frontal cortex
        b. Left motor cortex
        c. Hippocampus
        d. Amygdala
        e. Broca’s Area
         f. Wernicke’s Area
         g.  Occipital lobe

Development:

Jack, a 3-year-old boy, has been throwing many tantrums lately and has been ignoring his parents’ directions.  Jack’s parents are growing increasingly frustrated by his oppositional behavior.  They decide to consult a developmental expert to ask for advice in dealing with their child.  What would a developmental expert suggest to the parents concerning  following factors in understanding Jack’s behavior:
*egocentricism
* pre-conventional morality
* Erikson’s stage of Initiative vs. Guilt
*Observational learning
 
 
Unit 3B:  The Brain
 
Suppose you are playing an engaging and competitive game of cards (example: poker or rummy) with your friend on a warm, sunny day in the city's park system. Describe how the following structures might play a role in your card game.
       a. Pre-frontal cortex
       b. Left motor cortex
       c. Hippocampus
       d. Amygdala
       e. Broca’s Area
       f. Thalamus
       g. Occipital lobe