Q&A: Taking the AP Psychology test without having taken the class?

Question by Anita: Taking the AP Psychology test without having taken the class?
I’m a sophomore with only one other AP test to study for so far (Euro). Do you recommend taking the Psych. test without having taken the class? I’m disciplined enough to go through one or two study guides, but I won’t be able to consult textbooks. The test is supposedly very easy compared to other APs; if you’ve had experience with it, what do you think of it? Thanks.

Best answer:

Answer by princess~ivy
Well, if you’re doing it to get college credit you may consider taking an exemption test (CLEP) to earn the credits. These tests are designed to exclude you from having to take the course and also earn college credits. You should look into this… Hope this helped!!

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  1. MC said,

    Wrote on May 31, 2012 @ 12:46 pm

    I have heard that AP Psych is extremely easy. The problem with skipping the class and taking just the exam is that study guides, exam prep books, and online resources can only prepare you so much. By taking the class you at least have an idea of what will be on the exam.

  2. twelveboxestrapt said,

    Wrote on May 31, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

    I got a 2 on the AP Psych test. I didnt study and put forth no effort because I did IB and could get my credits from there (which I did).

    I did think it was hard. It is VERY specific. IB has you prepare for a completely different test…all essay with options of what to write. AP was all specific and detailed multiple choice questions and with two essays.

    If you are good at memorizing the names of theories and vocab words you should do fine. Just make sure that you get a study guide that covers every topic and vocab word that might appear on the test.

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