About the ETS® Personal Potential Index

The ETS® Personal Potential Index (ETS® PPI) is a web-based evaluation system designed to provide a more complete picture of an applicant's potential for success in graduate, business or professional school beyond grades, test scores and recommendation letters. Multiple evaluators that the applicant selects (up to five per evaluation report) rate applicants on six personal dimensions that have been identified as critical for success in graduate school. ETS then creates an ETS PPI Evaluation Report that incorporates the evaluations and comments from all the evaluators and sends the report to schools and programs the applicant designates.

In less than 15 minutes, you can fill out an ETS PPI evaluation and help your students demonstrate they have what it takes to succeed in graduate or professional school. The system is convenient and easy to use and, best of all, you only need to fill out one evaluation per student — even if a student applies to multiple institutions.

What Does the ETS PPI Measure?

Graduate, business and professional schools have told us that personal attributes like resilience and teamwork are just as important for success as mastery of the discipline.

The ETS PPI provides reliable information on six personal attributes that graduate faculty and deans have identified as critical to success in graduate school:

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

As an evaluator, you have the opportunity to rate your applicant on these dimensions by responding to 24 statements (four for each of the six dimensions) and providing an overall evaluation rating.

The ETS PPI Web-based Evaluation System

The ETS PPI web-based evaluation system offers a simple and convenient way for you to evaluate applicants' attributes that are critical to success in graduate, business and professional school, and that may not be reflected in the students' application materials. By evaluating applicants who have requested an ETS PPI evaluation from you, you can help them demonstrate their potential for graduate, business or professional school success by providing evidence of a broad range of their capabilities beyond test scores and undergraduate grades.

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

To learn more about evaluating applicants using the ETS PPI, view the ETS PPI Tour (Flash).

Created Through Extensive Research

The ETS PPI grew out of the groundbreaking work of ETS researchers in the measurement of personal attributes and their role in academic performance.

In hundreds of interviews, graduate and business school deans and faculty members frequently cited such personal attributes as resilience and communication skills as important for graduate-level success — even more frequently than mastery of the discipline. Interviewees also expressed concern about the persistent problem of graduate school attrition and time-to-degree, which they believed might be accounted for by personal attributes.

In addition, ETS PPI was pilot-tested internally at ETS as well as through Project 1000, a program designed to increase the number of underrepresented students pursuing graduate study.

If you have other questions, contact ETS today.

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