Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)


Graduate Education

First Advisor

Lloyd Den Boer


This research provides an additional predictive study with regard to AP exam scores. This study correlates the following criteria with AP European History exam scores: cumulative high school Grade Point Average (GPA); average grade (%) in European History; Iowa Test of Educational Development (ITED) Reading and Vocabulary scores; Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) Writing, Reading (Verbal) and Math scores; ACT Reading and English scores; average minutes per day studied; and average days per week studied. The research uses the student's AP score as the criterion variable and the variables listed above as the predictor variables. The need for an additional predictive study is related to the AP Potential program recently launched by the College Board. The attempt of this study is to not only to evaluate the predictor variables used by the College Board in their AP Potential program, but also to provide additional predictor variables for students. In addition, this study will also help evaluate the legitimacy of grades earned in my European History class as well as assess the role of study habits and final AP European History Exam scores. It is hypothesized that strong correlations will exist with three of the predictor variables - reading/vocabulary scores, average days/minutes studied outside of class time, and average grade (%) in European History- and their AP scores. The sample size for this study was 32 students from a two year time period who had available the entire list of predictor variables mentioned above. The results indicate that strong correlations exist between AP scores and average grades (%) in European History and ACT English scores.


Action Research Report Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Education