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The FRQ section primarily revolves around application. In both questions, you will be asked to apply key terms and phrases to a scenario.
Question 1 is a concept application question, and Question 2 is a research design question, in which you are asked about the design of a psychological research study.
FRQs vary in length widely, but typically have around 1-5 parts, with several terms included within each part, like a Russian nesting doll with two figures inside.
Writing the FRQ- Structure and Organization (SODAS) 🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾
S- Spacing 🖋️
Although not the most crucial step, it is important to space out your response so that each distinct part and each distinct bullet point is clear and visible. Some recommend leaving a line between each part or each bullet point; others support indentation. Each part, however, should be denoted by a letter, and each term should be written before the start of the response, to make the FRQ clearer and more understandable for the reader.
O- Order ✍🏽
The AP Psych exam's reliance on vocabulary, and its many components make it necessary to organize your response effectively and clearly. Simply write your answers in the order in which the terms are listed. Combined with good spacing and labeling, this makes your FRQ clear and easy to read.
D- Definitions 📓
On a specific part of the AP Psych exam, your primary focus should be applying the given term to the scenario. However, a good way to strengthen and bolster your response is defining the term and applying it to the prompt to demonstrate your understanding of the subject.
A- Application 🧠
To pass at the AP Psych FRQ, it is necessary to apply the given term to the given scenario.
For example, if given the term "Broca's area," instead of just defining it as "an area of the brain which regulates the production of speech," an effective application ties the term to the scenario. Saying "Peter can use the Broca's area, which regulates the production of speech, to persuade his boss to give him additional time on vacation" expresses the term in the context of the question.
S- Synonyms 💭
I guess this one is pretty straightforward- employing synonyms of the prompted term conveys your familiarity with the idea. Although it is not really necessary, this tactic can highlight your understanding of the material and possibly clarify your definition of the term.
Writing the FRQ- Tips and Tricks 📝
- Be clear and concise, write on what is needed and not on what could muddle the focus of your response. Take your time, make sure you use the relevant names mentioned in the scenario.
- Don't overthink it! Stick to your instincts, the exam's written directions, and what you know, each segment relies on your reading skills and knowledge of the term and the related concepts in front of you.
- Because the FRQs usually draw vocabulary from a wide variety of units, all of which would relate to the scenario, you might come across a term that you have never seen before, obscure or overlooked. If so, try to think of what the term might mean, based on context or anything that you recognize.
- Honestly, time management is not really a concern, but always be aware. You never know if a particular section will get away from you, or if a surprise concept exists on the FRQ section of the AP Psych exam, so bring a watch if you can!