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Technical Issues

How do I access AP Potential?

Go to https://appotential.collegeboard.org to sign in to AP Potential. First time visitors will be asked to create an education professional account, and enter an access code. Access codes are emailed to principals and AP Coordinators at 2015-16 participating AP schools. Access codes are also included in the SAT Suite of Assessments K-12 Assessment Reporting Tool. District AP Potential access codes are emailed to the attention of district officials. State Department of Education Officials looking to access the tool should contact appotential@collegeboard.org for more details.

If you have any difficulty accessing AP Potential, call 1-212-713-8066.

I don't have an access code. How can I get one?

Due to the sensitivity of student data, we make access codes available only to principals, PSAT/NMSQT Coordinators, AP Coordinators, authorized alternate contacts, and select district officials, who bear legal responsibility for determining who at their schools has access to the data. If your school or district's access code is lost or missing, a new code can be resent via email. Contact the College Board customer support center at 1-212-713-8066 to arrange for the code to be sent. State Department of Education officials should contact appotential@collegeboard.org to have their access set up.

Student-level Data

I can't find one of my students in AP Potential.

AP Potential uses data collected from the 2013, 2014, and 2015 PSAT/NMSQT administrations, as well as the 2015 Fall PSAT 8/9 administrations. There are a number of reasons why a student may not appear in AP Potential:

  1. If the student didn't grid his or her grade level properly, he or she may not appear in the grade-specific roster you generate. Try generating a roster that includes "All" students.
  2. If your school's score reports were significantly delayed for any reason, there is a chance that the data was not available to load into the system in time for the initial launch. Additional data will be loaded monthly to account for these delays.

My student appears to be in the wrong grade level or has the wrong date of birth. Can that be changed?

Once a student's data is entered into AP Potential, it cannot be changed. We encourage schools to ensure that students grid their grade-level and date of birth accurately when they fill out their answer sheets.

Can I access AP Potential data from the 2013 and 2014 PSAT/NMSQT?

Yes. AP Potential has PSAT/NMSQT data from 2013, 2014, and 2015 available as well as 2015 Fall PSAT 8/9 data. PSAT 10 and redesigned SAT data will be available beginning in 2016. PSSS data is no longer available within the tool.

Where can I find the research reports on which AP Potential is based?

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

Which exams can AP Potential be used to create rosters?

AP Potential can create rosters of students with potential for AP success who have taken the 2015 PSAT/NMSQT, and Fall 2015 PSAT 8/9. In the spring it will begin to include the PSAT 10, the Spring 2016 PSAT 8/9 and the redesigned SAT as well.

If the research is based off of historical PSAT/NMSQT results, how can it be used with other exams?

AP Potential is rooted in a long line of research showing PSAT/NMSQT scores, and by extension SAT scores, predict performance on specific AP Exams – often with more accuracy than other traditionally used methods. The continued reporting of AP Potential based on scores from the entire SAT Suite of Assessments was achieved through the application of concordance tables that placed the old PSAT/NMSQT expectancy tables on the new scale for the redesigned assessments.

For which AP subjects does AP Potential NOT provide rosters and why?

AP Potential does not generate rosters for the AP world language exams and Studio Art. Research shows PSAT/NMSQT scores are not strong indicators of performance on these AP Exams.

Additionally, AP Potential is not yet available for AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Seminar, and AP Research, as more data are required for valid results.

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