- Most editions of the test consist of approximately 205
multiple-choice questions. Each question in the test has five
options from which the examinee is to select the one option that
is the correct or best answer to the question.
- Some of the stimulus materials, such as a description of an
experiment or a graph, may serve as the basis for several
- The questions in the Psychology Test are drawn from courses
of study most commonly offered at the undergraduate level within
the broadly defined field of psychology.
- Questions may require recalling factual information,
analyzing relationships, applying principles, drawing
conclusions from data, evaluating a research design, and/or
identifying a psychologist who has made a theoretical or
research contribution to the field.
The Psychology Test yields two subscores in addition to the
total score. Although the test offers only two subscores, there
are questions in three content categories:
- Experimental or natural science oriented (about 40 percent
of the questions), including learning, language, memory,
thinking, sensation and perception, physiological psychology,
ethology, and comparative psychology. They contribute to the
experimental psychology subscore and the total score.
- Social or social science oriented (about 43 percent of the
questions). These questions are distributed among the fields of
clinical and abnormal, developmental, personality, and social
psychology. They contribute to the social psychology subscore
and the total score.
- General (about 17 percent of the questions), including the
history of psychology, applied psychology, measurement, research
designs, and statistics. They contribute to the total score
The questions on which subscores are based are distributed
throughout the test; they are not set aside and labeled
separately, although several questions from a single content area
may appear consecutively.