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Achievement Motivation Profile (AMP)

Purpose: Identifies personal factors that affect academic performance and provides specific recommendations for improvement
Ages / Grade: 10 to 14 years (grades 5 through 8) for AMP Junior; 14 years and up for High School and College Form
Administration Time: 20 to 30 minutes
Format: Self-report
Norms: High School and College Form was standardized on a sample of more than 1,700 students; Junior Form was normed on a sample of nearly 1,400 students in 5th through 8th grades

This convenient self-report inventory is an ideal way to evaluate underachieving or unmotivated students, ages 14 and up. It gives you a complete picture of the personal factors that affect an individual.s academic performance and provides specific recommendations for improvement.

The AMP includes two forms: the original form designed for high school and college students and the new Junior Form for students in grades 5 through 8. The former is composed of 140 items, the latter, 107 items. The scales and scale domains are identical on the two forms, except that occupation interest areas are not addressed on the Junior Form. Both forms produce scale scores in four domains:

Motivation for Achievement 
  • Achievement 
  • Motivation 
  • Competitiveness 
  • Goal Orientation 
Interpersonal Strengths
  • Assertiveness
  • Personal Diplomacy
  • Extraversion
  • Cooperativeness
Inner Resources 
  • Relaxed Style
  • Happiness 
  • Patience 
  • Self-Confidence 
Work Habits
  • Planning and Organization
  • Initiative
  • Team Player
Also, three validity measures alert you to inconsistent, self-enhancing, and self-criticizing response styles.

The AMP form for high school and college students can be completed in just 20 to 30 minutes. Items are written at a fourth-grade reading level. Students respond using a 5-point Likert-type scale, which provides a more refined self-description than a true-false format. Most students report that the AMP produces a more accurate self-portrait than personality tests do.

The AMP can be computer scored using WPS TEST REPORT prepaid Mail-In Answer Sheets, CD, or FAX Service. All of these computer options give you a complete interpretive report. If the student is identified as underachieving, the report describes his or her particular kind of underachievement and lists contributing personality factors. It also provides individualized recommendations for counseling the student and improving school performance.

Normed on more than 3,000 students, the AMP provides a sound basis for instructional or psychother-apeutic intervention. Unlike other tests used for academic counseling, the AMP is designed specifically to measure motivation, and it is validated against objective measures of achievement.