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Advanced Placement and PSAT

Advanced Placement and PSAT 2019-08-27T16:21:52-06:00

The Value of Knowing

The PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) is state funded and free to all New Mexico tenth graders. It measures what students learn in high school, and what they need to succeed in college. The PSAT also allows students and educators to monitor growth across grades and identify areas in need of improvement. When students take the PSAT, their College Board account can be linked to their Khan Academy account, and they will gain access to a variety of powerful resources, including free, personalized, online SAT practice, scholarship opportunities and college planning resources.

Taking the PSAT also helps students discover their AP potential.  Advanced Placement (AP) exams are a measure of achievement in AP coursework, and how well a student did on the exam. AP is a program offering college-level curriculum and examinations to high school students. There are currently 38 AP courses offered, including calculus, chemistry, history, psychology, and Spanish. AP coImage of CollegeBoard YouTube video that discusses practice building confidence. Click on image to listen to video. ursework challenges students, and strongly contributes to academic excellence. If an AP student qualifies for free and reduced price lunch, they also qualify for the AP Fee Reduction Program.

New Mexico, in partnership with the College Board, is working to expand access to AP for students across New Mexico. In many instances, students are prepared and well qualified for AP coursework, but are unable to. This partnership also seeks to expand access to AP courses by preparing more teachers for the AP curriculum with professional development opportunities such as the AP Winter Symposium and the AP Summer Institutes. New Mexico also aims to expand access to online AP learning opportunities through the Blended Learning Bureau formerly know as Ideal-New Mexico.

AP exams are scored as follows:

  •     5 – Extremely Well Qualified
  •     4 – Well Qualified
  •     3 – Qualified
  •     2 – Possibly Qualified
  •     1 – No Recommendation

NM College Board Regional Coaches:

UpcomiImage of CollegeBoard YouTude video discussing how official SAT practice benefits rural communites. Click on image to listen to AP Changes

The College Board is making substantial changes to Advanced Placement programs starting with school year 2019-20. We will feature the updates during the AP Summer Institutes (June).

The two main areas of change:

  • Teacher and student resources improving
  • School ordering processes redesign (Fall rather than the Spring)

2019-20 Changes to AP: A Path to Success for All Students

New AP Resources Coming in the 2019-20 School Year

Additional Resources

Advanced Placement:


PSAT and Khan Academy:

Page last updated August 27, 2019