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Why You Should Know About Credential Evaluation

What is ‘Credential Evaluation’ and who does It? Does it pertain to you at all? The answer is 'Yes' and that's why we think you should know about it.
By GPA Admin

Why You Should Know About Credential Evaluation

More and more U.S. colleges and universities are requiring that international students provide an official evaluation of their transcripts and degrees.

Official evaluations can be obtained by submitting a copy of your transcripts and degrees to a ‘Credential Evaluation Service’ and request that the company sends an evaluation to the schools you apply to. Rider University, for instance, starts requiring that all transcripts be evaluated before submission as of August 1, 2012 while many public universities are already doing so.  

Credential Evaluation Services provide objective evaluations of the U.S. equivalents of foreign education and work credentials. For example, a credential evaluation service would indicate that the Spanish word bachiller corresponds to a U.S. high school diploma, even though the literal translation is bachelor. These companies also verify the validity of transcripts and degrees granted by international institutions, whether the institution exists and if the transcripts have been tempered with in any way.

Fees for the evaluation of U.S. education credentials tend to range from $50 to $250 per document, depending on the amount of detail required and the speed of response. Some companies will also translate the documents. Others will require that the documents be accompanied by English translations. There may be extra fees (typically $20 to $100 per page) for document translation services. The student is responsible for paying for the credential evaluation and translation fees.

Most schools will also accept an evaluation from any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (www.naces.org). Among these, World Education Services (www.wes.org), based in New York City, is very popular while Education Perspectives  (www.educational-perspectives.org/) is said to be faster and cheaper than most. 

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