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PSAT/NMSQT Results: Insights into Opportunities

The PSAT/NMSQT is the linchpin among the College Board programs and plays a critical role in the College Board’s work to improve student outcomes. It is the nation’s largest and most representative pre-college assessment and provides valuable early information about student progress.

  • In 2013-14, a record 3.7 million students took the PSAT/NMSQT. Of these, 1,678,760 (45.9%) were minority students.

PSAT/NMSQT results are also the best predictor of a student’s potential to succeed in certain AP courses – identifying students with a high likelihood of succeeding in particular AP subjects as early as 10th grade, and providing actionable feedback to help educators, parents, and students address any deficiencies in student preparation.

PSAT/NMSQT results show in the public high school class of 2014, almost four out of 10 students with AP potential did not take an AP course for which they showed likelihood of success.

  • In the class of 2016, nearly a half a million (491,508) students who took the PSAT/NMSQT in October 2013 show potential to succeed in AP courses. Among public school students, 381,792 show potential. For context, 38.3% of public school students in the class of 2016 took the PSAT/NMSQT in October 2013.

By identifying potential for more students early, we can help them take advantage of opportunities they have earned.