AP FREE RESPONSE QUESTIONS REVIEW
For the essay portion of the test, you will have 50 minutes to answer two essays. Some tips:
Write in complete sentences.
Cover everything asked in the question. Use the order of the questions as your essay structure!
You do not need an introduction or conclusion. Don’t waste time rewriting the question.
Use the psychology terminology and concepts we’ve been discussing!
Use ALL of the time. If you have time, reread, add more examples to clarify, rewrite confusing sections. You may draw an arrow or insert an asterisk.
Use the following FRQ prompts as a way to review.. The best practice is to write an essay for each. This will help refresh questions you may have and give you practice with writing.
#1 Research Strategies:
A researcher designs an experiment to study the effect of an audience on individual college students during their performance of a difficult manual dexterity task. He will assign 20 students to each of two conditions. In one, the students will use a pair of tweezers to place small cubes of wood into a box (which has one tiny opening at the top) while being observed by an “audience” of 30 peers; in the second condition, a different set of volunteers will perform the task with no audience present. All participants will have 30 seconds to place as many cubes of wood into the box as possible. The researcher hypothesizes that the group that performs the task with no audience present will outperform the group which works in front of an audience.
Refer specifically to this research scenario in responding to each of the following:
1. Discuss an issue of operational definitions in this study.
2. Discuss appropriate procedure for choosing and assigning participants.
3. Identify the experimental and control group.
4. Identify the independent and dependent variable.
5. Discuss appropriate controls for any one possible confounding variable.
6. Discuss appropriate controls...