Advanced Academics

AP Potential

AP Potential is a tool that allows schools to generate rosters of students who are likely to score a 3 or better on a given AP® Exam. Based on research that shows strong correlations between PSAT/NMSQT® scores and AP Exam results, AP Potential is designed to help increase access to AP and to ensure that no student who has the chance of succeeding in AP is overlooked. On their individual PSAT reports, students also receive a list of AP courses in which they are likely to be successful.

According to College Board research published in 1998 and 2006, PSAT/NMSQT scores are useful in identifying students who may be successful on AP Exams. These studies show that PSAT/NMSQT scores are stronger predictors of students' AP Exam scores than the more traditional factors such as high school grades, grades in previous same-discipline course work, and the number of same-discipline courses a student has taken.  AP Potential results only account for some of the factors that contribute to the students' exam results and do not take into account the power of an individual student's motivation, parental support, and teacher efficacy.

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