Study Guide

Overview and Test Objectives
Field 011: Psychology

Test Overview

Table outlining the test format, number of questions, time, and passing score.
Format Computer-based test (CBT)
Number of Questions 100 multiple-choice questions
Time 2 hours 30 minutes*
Passing Score 220

*Does not include 15-minute CBT tutorial

Test Objectives

Table outlining test content and subject weighting by sub area and objective.
Subarea Range of Objectives Approximate Percentage of Questions on Test
I Foundations, Skills, and Methods 001–006 21%
II Human Development 007–011 18%
III Behavior 012–019 29%
IV Personality Theories and Psychological Disorders 020–024 18%
V Social Behavior 025–028 14%
Pie chart of approximate test weighting, detailed in the table below.

Subarea I—FOUNDATIONS, SKILLS, AND METHODS

Objective 001—Understand the historical development of major ideas in psychology.

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Objective 002—Understand roles, issues, and goals in contemporary psychology.

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Objective 003—Apply social science study skills related to psychology.

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Objective 004—Apply principles and techniques used in designing and conducting psychological research projects.

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Objective 005—Understand psychological measurement instruments and techniques.

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Objective 006—Understand contemporary therapeutic and counseling techniques and theories.

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Subarea II—HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

Objective 007—Analyze the effects of heredity and environment on human development.

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Objective 008—Apply knowledge of the prenatal and infancy stages of development.

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Objective 009—Apply knowledge of development during childhood.

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Objective 010—Apply knowledge of development during adolescence.

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Objective 011—Apply knowledge of development during adulthood.

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Subarea III—BEHAVIOR

Objective 012—Understand the biological bases of behavior.

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Objective 013—Apply knowledge of sensation and perception.

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Objective 014—Apply knowledge of states of consciousness.

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Objective 015—Apply basic principles of learning.

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Objective 016—Apply knowledge of memory.

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Objective 017—Apply knowledge of cognition and language.

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Objective 018—Apply knowledge of theories of motivation.

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Objective 019—Understand types and characteristics of human emotion.

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Subarea IV—PERSONALITY THEORIES AND PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS

Objective 020—Apply knowledge of psychoanalytic theories of personality.

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Objective 021—Apply knowledge of trait, learning, and humanistic theories of personality.

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Objective 022—Apply knowledge of frustration, conflict, and other forms of stress.

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Objective 023—Apply knowledge of abnormal behavior.

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Objective 024—Understand approaches to the treatment of psychological disorders.

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Subarea V—SOCIAL BEHAVIOR

Objective 025—Understand the nature of groups, group behavior, and self-concept.

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Objective 026—Apply knowledge of processes and factors related to attitude formation and attribution.

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Objective 027—Apply knowledge of factors and processes related to norms, persuasion, and conformity.

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Objective 028—Apply knowledge of major forms of social interaction.

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