So you want a 5 on your AP Psych exam? Duh! Of course you do! Whether you want to study psychology in college or not at all, the credits you can earn from AP Psychology will come in handy. You’ll get credit for an intro to psychology course that can save you time with your general requirements and/or jump ahead to higher level psych classes.
So. Worth. It.
Last year, only 21% of students that took the AP Psych exam scored a 5. You’ll need to surround yourself with the absolute best resources if you are headed toward a high score.
Although there are thousands of teacher websites and other free content across the internet, these five resources are proven to help students pass the exam with flying colors. Some of them are free, some cost as much as $40, but when you consider the amount of college credit you can earn, it’s a worthy investment to pass this exam.
Let’s jump in!
What is it? Kind of like tutoring, but in a group and all online. Every Tuesday night at 8pm, experienced teacher Megan Revello hosts a live review to discuss topics and write practice FRQs live. You can rewatch any of the live sessions as many times as you want!
Why is it helpful? The key feature that Fiveable has that you won’t find in any of the other listed resource is a live, real teacher to answer your questions whenever you have them. If you attend sessions live, you can submit questions for the teacher to discuss. The replay will get time-stamped with the answered questions, which makes it really easy to go back and review that answer
Fun Feature: The cool thing about Fiveable is that even though the live reviews are at the core of this resource, there are several other key features like trivia games that members play live! There are thousands of members across the world and you can see how you stack up against them!
What is it? For AP PSych, the Princeton Review prep book is a great resource because of the practice exams it includes. Although the content explanations are a bit long for a prep book, they are also written in a way that is easy to follow.
Why is it helpful? There are two full-length practice exams with answer keys that are incredibly useful to use. One of the best ways to study for AP Psych is to take as many practice multiple choice questions as you can because it’s 2/3 of your score on the exam.
What is it? David Duez is a dedicated and experienced AP Psychology teacher from Texas. He has been building his website for years and it has become a massive resource for students around the world as they study for the exams. He is a page for each of the units and so many awesome materials embedded throughout.
Why is it helpful? Mr. Duez is a current AP Psych teacher and this site was primarily built for his own students, which is what makes it so helpful. There are videos, lectures, helpful links, and study guides throughout and it’s all hyper-focused on exactly what you need to know.
Fun Feature: If you are self-studying for AP Psych, he has all of his agendas for class posted as well, so you can essentially follow along with his class!
What is it? It’s an app! Actually, it’s a super useful app and super affordable ($4.99). There are tons of questions on here that cover all of the topics in a really straightforward way to help you study terms. These practice questions are not stimulus-based like the exam, but rather quick recall so you can play it a whole bunch of times.
Why is it helpful? Vocabulary is such a big part of any AP exam and this app was created by teachers who truly understand the value of studying key terms. You can play the whole deck or focus just on a time period. Either way, if you play this a few times a week, you’ll be golden.
What is it? It’s a bit more than your average prep book, but way less than a textbook. A lot of teachers just use this as the textbook because it is so much more condensed in a good way! Each chapter is 10 pages or less and just gets to what’s important.
Why is it helpful? It’s super easy to read and if you get it soon, you could definitely read the whole thing.
Bonus Resource: Facebook group for AP Psych students!
Join the Facebook group at https://facebook.com/groups/appsychstudents
What resources do you use? Tweet us at @thinkfiveable