Advanced Placement

AP Potential: Which Courses are Right for Me?

What’s AP Potential? 

If you took the SAT®, PSAT/NMSQT®, PSAT™ 10, or PSAT™ 8/9, your Score Report will provide you with information about which AP® courses you’re likely to do well in. In your personalized view of AP Potential™, you’ll see which courses are offered at your school and which classes match a future major that may interest you. 

AP Potential is available to students who take an SAT or PSAT-related assessment in high school; AP Potential isn’t reported for assessments taken prior to ninth grade. Ninth-grade students who took an assessment will see AP Potential for six courses: AP Seminar, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Human Geography, AP World History: Modern, AP European History, and AP Art History. 

For students in 10th grade and above, AP Potential is reported for the following 24 AP Exams: Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Chemistry, Computer Science A, Computer Science Principles, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, European History, Government and Politics: Comparative, Government and Politics: United States, Human Geography, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Music Theory, Physics 1, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Physics C: Mechanics, Psychology, Seminar, Statistics, U.S. History, and World History: Modern. 


How can AP Potential help me? 

AP Potential can help you discover your strengths. You may not realize that you’re ready to take an AP course and that you have the likelihood to succeed in it. Even if a course isn’t your strongest subject, you may still do well in the class. AP Potential can help you decide which courses would be the best fit for you. Many high schools begin planning student schedules in early spring for the upcoming school year. Speak with your counselor to explore all your possibilities. 

 AP Potential is just one measure of your likelihood to succeed in AP courses. Other factors─including your grades, motivation, and recommendations from your teacher─can show you’re ready for AP. 


How does AP Potential work? 

AP Potential is based on research that uses your performance within specific sections of PSAT-related assessments or the SAT to predict which AP courses you’re likely to succeed in. 

Your SAT Suite of Assessments Score Report displays AP courses for which you have potential. 

To Access AP Potential: 

  1. Log in to the online score reporting portal. 
  2. Open a score report. 
    • Open your SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, or PSAT 8/9 score report. 
  3. Go to the very bottom of the report under Next Steps. Click Get Your Personalized AP Course Recommendations. 
    • The table shows the AP courses you might do well in, based on your test scores. 
    • You’ll also see which of the courses are offered in your school. They’re indicated with a check mark. 
    • An X will appear next to any course you’ve already taken or that isn’t offered at your school. 
    • If you select a college major from the menu, you can also view whether each AP course is relevant to that major. 


Get started to see a list of AP courses you are likely to do well in.