Tuesday, November 25, 2014

How to Get Your Degree Evaluated: A Step-by-Step Guide for Chinese Applicants


By Ruohan Chen
Content Marketing Assistant, World Education Services

When applying to graduate school in the U.S. and Canada, international students are often required to submit a credential evaluation as part of the admissions process. So, what exactly is a “credential evaluation”? To put it simply, a credential evaluation is a report that helps American colleges and universities understand the education received by a foreign prospective student. Since universities across the globe use different grading scales, this step is crucial. It enables admissions officers and employers to fully understand a student's overseas credentials in U.S. terms. A credential evaluation typically provides a list of all the courses a student has taken in terms of U.S. semester credits, and it converts a student's scores into a 4.0 GPA scale. In this post, Student Advisor details the steps to obtaining a credential evaluation for Chinese students who wish to attend graduate school in the U.S. or Canada.


Chinese Grading Scale 1
Chinese Grading Scale 2
Grade Description
U.S. Grade Equiv.
85-100
5
Excellent
A
75-84
4
Good
B
60-74
3
Average/Fair
C
0-59
2
Fail
F
  Grading scale may vary. Please refer to grading scale on transcript.
  (Source: WES Recources)

Sometimes the evaluation process can appear daunting and confusing for international applicants. But there’s no reason to panic – we are here to help you navigate the credential evaluation process. Take a few minutes to read the following step-by-step guide for Chinese applicants looking to study in the U.S. Get your degree evaluated today!

• For bachelor’s/master’s/doctoral degree holders

Step 1: Fill out the online application form. Once you complete the form, you will get a reference number.

Step 2: Submit the required documents to WES.

What to Submit 
How to Submit




Verification reports for:
• All degree certificates
• All academic transcripts

To be sent to WES directly by one of the agencies designated by the Ministry of Education. Degree certificates must be verified by the China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC). WES does not accept university degree verifications from any other agency.

China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC)
B-17, Tongfang Scientific Plaza
No.1, Wangzhuang Road
Haidian District, Beijing 100083
China
Tel: 010-82379480
Fax: 010-82379491
Email: cqv@cdgdc.edu.cn
Website: http://www.cdgdc.edu.cn/cn





Clear, legible photocopies of degree certificates in Chinese issued by the institutions attended

To be submitted to WES by applicant by fax or mail.

By postal mail:  
World Education Services
P. O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
USA

By express courier:
World Education Services
64 Beaver St, #146
New York, NY 10004
USA

Fax: 212-739-6151


• For students who are currently enrolled at a post-secondary institution and have not yet received a diploma

Step 1: Fill out the online application form. Once you complete the form, you will get a reference number.

Step 2: Submit your verification reports for academic transcripts.

What to Submit 
How to Submit




Verification reports for:

• All academic transcripts

To be sent to WES directly by one of the agencies designated by the Ministry of Education. Please check with each agency and select the one that is appropriate for your situation.

China Academic Degrees and Graduate Education Development Center (CDGDC)
B-17, Tongfang Scientific Plaza
No.1, Wangzhuang Road
Haidian District, Beijing 100083
China
Tel: 010-82379480
Fax: 010-82379491
Email: cqv@cdgdc.edu.cn
Website: http://www.cdgdc.edu.cn/cn


China Higher Education Student Information & Career Center (CHESICC)
Room 506, Baiyan Building
NO.238 Beisihuan Zhong Road
Haidian District, Beijing 100191
China
Email: xlrz@moe.edu.cn
Tel: 010-61139123
Fax: 010-61139120
Website: www.chsi.com.cn

Once WES receives all the required documents, it starts verifying the applicant’s academic background and prepares the official credential evaluation report. The standard processing time is seven business days, counting from the day WES receives and accepts all your documents. If additional research, correspondence or verification is needed, the evaluation process will take longer. When the evaluation is done, reports will be sent directly from WES to the institutions to which you are applying. Voilà! Your degree evaluation is complete!

Ready to apply for a WES credential evaluation? Here are some tips to get you started: 

- Make sure you write your name in the correct order on the application form: your first name, followed by your family name. For example: Xiaoxiao Wang. 

- If you earned transfer credits from an exchange or study abroad program, please list all programs and countries on the application form. 

- Please do not send any original degree or certificate to WES. Keep those important documents safe at home. 

- Whenever you contact us regarding the application process, please tell us your reference number so we can quickly locate your file. 

- Please submit an application before your documents are scheduled to arrive at WES. Without your application on file, we cannot process your documents. Avoid the unnecessary waiting time.

- Last but not least, allow yourself enough time to request your documents to send to WES. 
Sometimes it may take a few weeks for universities to provide transcripts; therefore, we strongly recommend that you start the evaluation process as early as possible.

- Any questions? Please check out the frequently asked questions on our website. For more detailed instructions in Chinese, please visit here. Again, it is never too early to apply for your WES Credential Evaluation. We also provide you with free online services like WES Degree Equivalency Tool and WES iGPA Calculator. See your degree equivalency and GPA immediately on our website.

We wish you the best of luck on your credential evaluation and graduate school admissions! 
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Ruohan is a graduate student studying International Education at New York University. After completing the Great Books program at St. John's College, Santa Fe, New Mexico, she moved to New York City to pursue her dream. She currently works as a content marketing assistant intern for the Student Advisor team at World Education Services. When she is not busy with her studies or work, you can find her in museums, movie theaters and Chinese hot pot restaurants throughout the city. (Yes, she loves spicy food!)

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