ERIC Number: ED561036
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
Updating AP Potential™ Expectancy Tables Involving PSAT/NMSQT® Writing. Research Notes. RN-35
Ewing, Maureen; Camara, Wayne J.; Millsap, Roger E.; Milewski, Glenn B.
AP Potential™ is a data-driven tool offered by the College Board that uses scores from the PSAT/NMSQT® to identify students who have the potential to succeed in Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) courses (College Board, 2007). Research showing a moderate-to-strong correlation between PSAT/NMSQT scores and AP Exam scores serves as the basis for this tool (Camara and Millsap, 1998; Ewing, Camara, and Millsap, 2006). The PSAT/NMSQT is a shorter version of the SAT® designed to measure reasoning and thinking skills in the areas of critical reading, mathematics, and writing. In 2006, changes to the writing scale were made because it was the first year in which the PSAT/NMSQT writing scale was linked to the new SAT writing scale. This scale change had implications for AP Potential in that the AP Exams that used PSAT/NMSQT writing scores singly or in combination with critical reading and/or mathematics scores needed to be updated. Thus, the purpose of this study was to recompute the expectancy tables for those AP Exams that involved writing. Because this report focuses on the expectancy tables that involved writing, readers interested in the other AP Exams and in detailed information regarding the proper use of these tables should reference the full report (Ewing et al., 2006).
Descriptors: Advanced Placement Programs, Talent Identification, Scores, Standardized Tests, Thinking Skills, Critical Thinking, Writing (Composition), College Entrance Examinations, High School Students, Correlation, Grades (Scholastic), Writing Skills
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: College Board, Office of Research and Analysis
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test; SAT (College Admission Test)