About the ETS® Personal Potential Index

Show Graduate Programs a More Complete Picture of Your Potential for Success

You know you are more than just the sum of your grades, test scores and recommendation letters. The ETS® Personal Potential Index (ETS® PPI) gives you the opportunity to provide graduate, business and professional schools with more evidence about your capabilities. Submitting an ETS PPI Evaluation Report can show them that you are up to the challenge of graduate, business or professional school.

What Does the ETS PPI Measure?

The ETS PPI provides reliable information on six personal attributes that graduate schools have indicated are critical for academic success:

  • Knowledge and creativity
  • Communication skills
  • Teamwork
  • Resilience
  • Planning and organization
  • Ethics and integrity

You select evaluators — typically, faculty members or supervisors — to evaluate you on each of these dimensions by responding to 24 statements and providing an overall rating. Evaluators can also include optional comments.

The ETS PPI Web-based Evaluation System

The ETS PPI web-based evaluation system offers a simple and convenient process to collect and report essential information about your personal attributes to round out your application to graduate or business school. Using the ETS PPI can help demonstrate your likelihood for success.

Here's what graduate school programs are saying about ETS PPI:

"I expect the ETS Personal Potential Index to help level the playing field for students who … have not done particularly well on standardized tests … . Having the PPI evaluation as an option helps to show a broader picture of the applicant — that they're more than a GRE® score."
—  Michael J. Sullivan, Director, Hispanic Research Center and Program Director, Project 1000, Arizona State University

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