Why Use the ETS® Personal Potential Index

The higher education community is aware of the importance of non-cognitive skills in a student's likelihood to persist and succeed in their academic program. Although test scores and transcripts are an important part of the story, they are not the only part and do not provide insight into this dimension of a candidate’s abilities. Having a standardized evaluation of personal attributes, such as resilience, teamwork and communication skills, helps to round out the picture of an applicant and be more truly reflective of their abilities and fit within a program.

The ETS® Personal Potential Index (ETS® PPI) offers key benefits for evaluators, students and graduate programs.

ETS PPI enables evaluators to:

  • help their students demonstrate they have what it takes to succeed in graduate, business or professional school
  • consistently evaluate applicants' attributes that graduate and professional schools say are critical, and that may not be reflected in the students' application materials
  • share their feedback quickly and easily with multiple institutions

ETS PPI gives applicants an opportunity to:

  • distinguish themselves from the competition
  • show graduate, business and professional schools evidence of their capabilities beyond test scores and academic performance
  • easily request and track evaluations

ETS PPI helps graduate, business and professional programs:

  • make better admissions decisions by identifying applicants who are more likely to succeed
  • broaden their applicant pool by providing standardized information on critical personal attributes that complements traditional information, such as test scores, undergraduate grades and letters of recommendation
  • create more diverse and successful graduate programs

Read what graduate schools are saying about ETS PPI:

"Graduate schools recognize that very talented students do not always post the highest test scores when they complete the baccalaureate degrees. The graduate community needs to continue to reduce barriers to graduate education to allow more underrepresented scholars to join the ranks of the professoriate. To the extent that the ETS PPI evaluation will broaden opportunities for students, it is something that I strongly support."Michael L. Jeffries, Associate Dean of Students and Director, McNair Scholars and Minority Student Affairs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

You can help your students and other applicants show their potential for graduate, business and professional school success.

Get answers to frequently asked questions about ETS PPI.

If you have other questions, contact ETS today.

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