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AP Potential

AP Potential is a free, Web-based tool that allows schools to generate rosters of students who are likely to score a 3 or higher on a given AP® Exam. Based on research that shows moderate to strong correlations between PSAT/NMSQT® scores and AP Exam results, AP Potential is designed to help you increase access to AP and to ensure that no student who has the chance of succeeding in AP is overlooked.

Who can access AP Potential?

Counselors, Teachers, High School Principals, District Officials and State Department of Education Officials.

How to Access AP Potential

Enter your user name and password under Sign In to View Reports. First-time visitors are asked to create an educational professional account, and enter their AP Potential access code. Access codes are emailed in early December to principals and AP Coordinators at 2013-14 participating AP schools, and also appear on the PSAT/NMSQT Roster of Scores. District AP Potential access codes are emailed to the attention of district officials in early December. State Department of Education Officials looking to access the tool should contact appotential@collegeboard.org for more details.

Accessing Prior Years' Results

Schools, districts and states can generate rosters of students based on prior years' PSAT/NMSQT or PSSS results. After logging in and entering your access code, you can choose whether to generate reports based on the 2011, 2012, or 2013 PSAT/NMSQT administration. Rosters can also be generated based on the 2012, 2013 or 2014* PSSS (Preliminary SAT Scoring Service) administration. For more information on the PSSS, visit the PSSS Homepage.

Guidelines for Proper Use

According to College Board research, 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 and grades in same-discipline course work.

AP Potential should never be used to discourage a motivated student from registering for an AP course, since the 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.

For more information on the research underlying AP Potential, download the latest research report.

*2014 PSSS results are not available in AP Potential until March 2014.

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