Participating in AP has many benefits for students. And the redesigned SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and the PSAT 8/9 can be used to expand access to AP classrooms and grow AP programs. Both educators and students can see if students' test scores indicate that they are likely to succeed in specific AP courses.
As participation in our PSAT-related assessments increased this year, so too did the number and percentage of students identified as likely to succeed in various AP courses. For example, with the addition of the PSAT 10 in the spring of 2016, 624,636 10th graders were identified as having shown high potential to succeed in at least one AP course—20% more than in 2014.
Additional findings from this year’s results include:
- A 7% increase in the number of 11th-grade PSAT/NMSQT takers showing high potential to succeed in at least one AP course based on their test results, from 750,524 in 2014 to 802,642 in 2015
- An 8% increase in the number of 10th-grade PSAT/NMSQT takers showing high potential to succeed in at least one AP course based on their test results: from 519,668 in 2014 to 561,469 in 2015
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