This exam is designed for individuals who would like to teach psychology at the secondary school level. You will be given two hours to complete this 120 multiple-choice question exam. The test can be broken down into six sections:
Methods, Approaches, Ethics and Assessment – 20 questions
Biopsychology, Sensation and Perception, and States of Consciousness – 19 questions
Life Span Development and Individual Differences – 15 questions
Learning, Memory, and Cognition – 19 questions
Personality, Social Psychology, Motivation and Emotion, and Stress – 28 questions
Psychological Disorders and Treatment – 19 questions
Methods, Approaches, Ethics and Assessment
This section of the exam will require you to know contemporary approaches to the study of psychology, the major psychological subfields and careers, basic psychological research principles, basic statistical concepts, the ethical issues in research with humans and animals, and basic principles of assessment.
Biopsychology, Sensation and Perception, and States of Consciousness
Your knowledge of biopsychology, sensation and perception, and states of consciousness will be assessed in this section of the exam. Questions regarding states of consciousness will cover drug states, sleep, hypnosis, and being awake. Questions regarding biopsychology will cover basic neuronal structures and their functions, the organization of the nervous system, and the concept that heredity, evolution, and environment influence behavior.
Life Span Development and Individual Differences
This section includes subjects such as the major themes in development, the principles and theories of cognitive and linguistic development, heredity and environmental factors that
interact in the process of development, and the limitations of intelligence testing.
Learning, Memory, and Cognition
This section includes topics like basic principles of learning, the principles of classical conditioning, the principles of operant conditioning, the roles of cognition and culture in learning, the characteristics of memory, and the concept of constructive memory.
Personality, Social Psychology, Motivation and Emotion, and Stress
This section involves subjects such as personality approaches and theories, the basis of attributions and attitudes, group and interpersonal influences on thought and behavior, major social categories, basic motivational concepts and theories of motivation, and physiological reactions to stress.
Psychological Disorders and Treatment
This section includes subjects like the characteristics of psychological disorders and the factors that contribute to their development, major categories of psychological disorders, and common methods used to treat individuals with disorders.