AP Psychology A&B

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Course Description

Semester A

This course will be utilized for students wishing to take the AP Psychology exam. All modules in this course are geared towards a content area covered on the AP exam. The course begins with an introduction to the course as well as the origins of psychology to strengthen students’ scientific foundations that other modules will build upon. The semester then focuses on biology with an emphasis on the brain. With having a strong grasp of neuropsychology, students will then expand their knowledge to learning with topics such as operant and classical conditioning and cognitive psychology with topics like storing and retrieving memories. The semester ends reviewing testing, bias, and individual differences. Throughout the semester, there will be progress checks sprinkled in each module to help the students conduct a self-check of their knowledge.

Semester B

This semester kicks off with development psychology from prenatal all the way to adulthood. Next, students will be guided into theories of motivation and emotions and how these can impact happiness. Moving along to the next module, students will be introduced to different theories of personality including different approaches to analyzing personality. Once students have understood happiness and theories of personality, students will then take an in-depth look at clinical and abnormal psychology focusing on different types of therapies for different types of disorders. The last area that students will learn about is social psychology covering topics such as conformity, attraction, and aggression. The semester wraps up with a thorough review of the entire course as well as MCQ and FRQ practice in preparation for the AP Exam.

Course Requirements

Grade Level

9 – 12


Updated Myers’ Psychology for the AP® Course
Dr. David G. Myers
Bedford, Freeman & Worth
ISBN: 9781319362652

Princeton Review AP Psychology Premium Prep, 2022
ISBN-10: 0525570721
ISBN-13: 978-0525570721


2 Semesters

Semester A

Major Concepts:

  • Foundations of Psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Biological basis of behavior, sensation, perception
  • Learning
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Testing and individual differences

Semester B

Major Concepts:

  • Developmental psychology
  • Motivation and emotion
  • Personality
  • Clinical psychology, abnormal psychology
  • Social psychology
  • AP Exam Preparation