The exam is 2 hours long and has two sections — multiple choice and free-response.

Section I: Multiple Choice | 100 Questions | 1 hour and 10 minutes | 66.6% of Exam Score

You’ll be asked to:

  • Define and explain content from a range of course topics
  • Apply skills of comparison and interpretation to course concepts, theories, and scientific methods


Section II: Free-Response | 2 Questions | 50 minutes | 33.3% of Exam Score

Typical questions may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Analyze a unique scenario using concepts from different theoretical frameworks or subdomains in the field
  • Design, analyze, or critique a research study


The following task verbs are commonly used in the AP Psychology free-response questions:

  • Identify requires that you name or point out psychological concepts as they pertain to the question.
  • Show or describe requires you to detail the essential characteristics and/or examples of a particular concept, theory, or phenomenon.
  • Explain, discuss, and relate require that you make logical and coherent connections among the prompt (or premise), question, and psychological concepts.

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