What will be in the AQA A-level Psychology Paper 1 exam and what time is it happening?

by Hayley Pearce | 17 May 2019

Date and time of the AQA A-level Psychology Paper 1 exam

AQA A-level Psychology Paper 1 (7182/1) is on the afternoon of Monday 20th May 2019. Most exam centres will start the exam at 1.30pm, but check with yours in advance as centres can start exams by up to 30 minutes earlier or later than this time. Most exam centres will tell you to arrive at least 10 minutes before the exam starts.

The topics you will be asked about are social influence, memory, attachment and psychopathology.

AQA A-level Psychology Paper 1 is being talked about on The Student Room forums.

Official AQA advice on A-level Psychology exams states: "Recognise the importance of thinking, planning and paragraphing, particularly for extended responses

"Plan your essays and think about how the points fit together to make a clear and coherent essay. Remember that providing a clear line of argument is important."

What to expect from AQA A-level Psychology Paper 1

The paper title is AQA A-level Psychology Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology and the paper lasts for two hours.

There are 96 marks available in this paper, and it makes up a third of your AQA A-level Psychology exam. AQA A-level Psychology Papers 2 and 3 make up the other two-thirds of the exam.

AQA A-level Psychology students can achieve grades A* to E.

Find out more about the linear A-level system.

Make sure you always know the structure of the paper you are sitting. Read the instructions on the paper thoroughly before you start.

There are four sections, Section A, B, C and D, which each contain a mix of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Read each question carefully before you start to answer it. You should answer every question.

The marks for each question are shown in brackets – use this as a guide as to how much time to spend on each question.

Do all rough work in your answer book. Cross through any work you do not want to be marked.

Remember to check your work if you have time at the end.

AQA gives its advice on what you need to do in A-level Psychology exams.

What to bring with you to the AQA A-level Psychology paper 1 exam

  • A black ink or black ball-point pen
  • A calculator to use where needed

TSR community advice on A-level Psychology

For A-level Psychology revision, TSR member AlishaFelicia says: “Only focus on topics that haven't come up yet at all, or have come up but as small marked questions. A week before the exam, just focus on everything.

“If you try cramming everything all at once you're not going to retain much and are probs going to mix up information. Like if you told yourself that you're going to revise All of social influence evaluation, you're probs going to mix up the A03 points."

And Lilija_D, who says she needs an A* in Psychology, says: “I mainly memorise recall and go over the exam style questions that I did for my assessments.”

“Do a lot of practise questions as well now and don't forget your research methods.”

A-level results day 2019

If you’re taking AS or A-level exams this year, results day is on Thursday, 15 August.

You will be able to collect your AS or A-level results any time after 6am on results day – the time they're released by the exam boards – as long as your school or college is open.

Go to our exam results homepage for more info.

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