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All you Need to Know About WES Evaluation

All you Need to Know About WES Evaluation

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Know about WES evaluation, how to apply for WES Evaluation, documents, cost, and Indian universities recognized by WES. Try GyanDhan’s grade converter tool to get US equivalents.

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Updated on:  18 Sep 2023  | Reviewed By: 
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Key takeaways from the blog:

  • list items Simplified Academic Credential Evaluation: Know how World Education Services (WES) streamlines the evaluation of academic credentials for study and work in the US and Canada.
  • list items Two Types of Evaluation: Learn about the two primary types of WES evaluations - course-by-course and document-by-document, tailored to specific purposes such as university admissions and employment.
  • list items Key Details Covered: The blog covers the application process, document requirements, fees, and the step-by-step evaluation process.  

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The need for academic credential evaluation arises from the fact that the education system in India is way different from the US and Canada. To deal with this non-uniformity and standardize the applications, US and Canadian universities rely on organizations like World Evaluation Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), and Educational Perspective (EP).

As the US and Canada have a significant number of immigrants from across the globe, there is a need to streamline the academic credentials of study and work enthusiasts based on a single system. The World Evaluation Services (WES) help for that matter and translates your academic credentials to the US and Canadian systems.
However, a quick introduction will not help for questions concerning the WES evaluation process, regarding how to apply, cost of evaluation, documents required, etc. We will cover all of them in the blog and help you understand the process clearly. 

Let’s dive into the WES evaluation process for the US and Canada! 

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What is WES?

It is a globally recognized non-profit organization that provides credit evaluations of academic transcripts for study abroad aspirants. The WES evaluation is a fully digital process where scores are converted into a 4.0 grading scale followed in the US and Canada. You can see the WES iGPS calculator on the website.

Read more about: How To Convert A Grade In India To The US 4.0 GPA Scale?

When should you get your credentials evaluated by WES?

You must get your credentials evaluated by WES for two purposes: to get admission or to secure a job in the US and Canada. Apply 10 - 15 days before the admission application, since you are required to upload the documents for the admission application. Similarly, apply for WES evaluation 10 - 15 days prior to your job application.

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How to apply for the WES evaluation?

WES facilitates a convenient application process for students. The academic documents must be sent through the university/college you last attended. If you are sending academic documents, WES will not consider them official. Applying for the WES evaluation involves three steps:

  • list items Step 1: Apply to WES on the website and get a reference number.
  • list items Step 2: Arrange all the WES required documents and send them through your university/college, as per the format mentioned on the WES website.
  • list items Step 3: Once the evaluation is done, the WES delivers the report to the institutions you have designated.

Sending digital documents makes the process easier, which is possible if the university from which you graduated has a digital partnership with the WES.

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What are the documents required for the WES credit evaluation?

The following two documents are required for WES evaluation if you want to study at universities in the US or Canada.

  • list items Final or provisional degree certificate.
  • list items Statement of marks.

There may be additional document requirements like a membership certificate for some diploma courses. You can find the complete list of required documents based on your educational background on the WES website.

What are the evaluations done by the WES?

There are three types of evaluations offered by the WES:

  • list items Document-by-Document: This evaluation is mainly done for first-year university admissions, employment, and US immigration purposes. As the name suggests, the WES would help you get a US and Canadian equivalent for each credential. 
  • list items Course-by-Course: The primary purpose of course-by-course evaluation includes transfer and admission in graduate education and licensing boards. This evaluation lists corresponding courses, grades, and a calculated GPA expressed in US and Canadian terms.
  • list items CPA Evaluation: This evaluation analyzes the business and accounting courses for Certified Public Accountant exams in the US and Canada. Indian students can also write this exam but should have a commerce bachelors with a minimum US equivalent score of 90%.

 

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Cost of WES evaluation

  • list items A WES course-by-course evaluation costs 170 USD.
  • list items Document-by-document evaluation costs 107 USD.

There will be standard delivery charges too. Extra charges are applied if you want a rush service or express delivery.

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WES evaluation process

WES document-by-document and course-by-course evaluations take 7 business days to share the report once the documents are evaluated. Educational Credential Assessment (ECA) for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada(IRCC) requires around 35 days to get the report.

The WES evaluation process consists of the following four stages:

  1. list items Document imaging: The evaluators scan each document into the WES system. In many cases, the documents could be sent from your institution.
  2. list items Reviewing the documents: Evaluators review to ensure the documents are authentic and issued by recognized institutions. In this stage, the records are either accepted or rejected.
  3. list items Assessing equivalency: The evaluators who are country-specific experts find the equivalency of the documents concerning US or Canadian education. The authenticated documents are again reviewed. Application status “In progress” signifies the application is being analyzed, and “On hold” signifies the application requires further verification.
  4. list items Issuing the credential evaluation report: The evaluators will issue the final credential evaluation report. You can see notifications updated on your accounts about the application being reviewed for the final round.

 

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What does a WES report contain? 

Typically a course-by-course evaluated WES report contains the following details:

  • list items The name of the credential.
  • list items The requirements for entry.
  • list items The program length.
  • list items The equivalency in terms of the US system.
  • list items Educational qualifications after senior secondary.
  • list items A US semester credit and grade equivalent for each course.
  • list items A US grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale.
  • list items Certifying your equivalency whether it is above or below the US equivalents.

 

Course-by-course evaluated WES report

A document-by-document evaluated WES report contains the following:

  • list items The name of the credential.
  • list items The requirements for entry.
  • list items The program length.
  • list items The equivalency in terms of US education.

 

Document-by-document evaluated WES report

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Indian universities recognized by WES US and Canada 

WES recognized universities can send the documents electronically to WES. Many Indian universities are recognized by WES. If you are a graduate of any of these universities, your WES application will be quicker compared to the unrecognized universities. There is an option for your university to partner with WES.

Indian universities recognized by WES Canada

Delhi University

Delhi

IGNOU

Delhi

Punjabi University

Punjab

Himachal Pradesh University

Himachal Pradesh

UP Technical University

Uttar Pradesh

Patna University

Bihar

Assam university

Assam

Sardar Patel university

Gujarat

Gujarat Technical University

Gujarat

Vikram University

Madhya Pradesh

Shivaji University

Maharashtra

Mumbai University

Maharashtra

Pune University

Maharashtra

Acharya Nagarjuna University

Andhra Pradesh

JNTU Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh Nursing and Midwives Council

Andhra Pradesh

NTR University

Andhra Pradesh

Kakatiya University

Telangana

Osmania University

Telangana

JNTU

Telangana

Manipal University

Karnataka

University of Mysore

Karnataka

Bangalore University

Karnataka

Mangalore University

Karnataka

Rajiv Gandhi University

Karnataka

Periyar University

Tamil Nadu

Alagappa University

Tamil Nadu

Bharathiar University

Tamil Nadu

Annamalai University

Tamil Nadu

SRM Institute of Science and Technology

Tamil Nadu

University of Madras

Tamil Nadu

Anna university

Tamil Nadu

CUSAT

Kerala

Calicut University

Kerala

MG University

Kerala

Kerala University

Kerala

 

WES US doesn't have any specific list of institutions recognized. However, if you have attended a duly authorized and recognized institution in India, it is likely that WES US will evaluate your documents. Below is a list of universities for which WES regularly provides a credential assessment.

 

Sri Krishnadevaraya University

Andhra Pradesh

Guru Ghasidas Vishwavidyalaya

Chhattisgarh

Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University

Rajasthan

Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji Bhavnagar University

Gujarat

Ranchi University

Jharkhand

Gulbarga University

Karnataka

Karnatak University

Karnataka

Kuvempu University

Karnataka

Visvesvaraya Technological University

Karnataka

A.P. Singh University

Madhya Pradesh

Barkatullah University

Madhya Pradesh

Devi Ahilya University

Madhya Pradesh

Dr. Harisingh Gour University

Madhya Pradesh

Jiwaji University

Madhya Pradesh

Rani Durgavati University

Madhya Pradesh

S.N.D.T Women’s University

Maharashtra

Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University

Maharashtra

Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University

Maharashtra

Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University

Maharashtra

Nagaland University

Nagaland

Berhampur University

Odisha

Sambalpur University

Odisha

Utkal University

Odisha

Maharaja Sriram Chandra Bhanja Deo University

Odisha

Fakir Mohan University

Odisha

Biju Patnaik University of Technology

Odisha

University of Rajasthan

Rajasthan

Bharathidasan University

Tamil Nadu

Madurai Kamaraj University

Tamil Nadu

Manonmaniam Sundaranar University

Tamil Nadu

Mother Teresa Women’s University

Tamil Nadu

Thiruvalluvar University

Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu State Physical Education and Sports University

Tamil Nadu

Pondicherry University

Pondicherry University

University of Allahabad

Uttar Pradesh

Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam Technical University 

Uttar Pradesh

V.B.S Purvanchal University 

Uttar Pradesh

University of Lucknow

Uttar Pradesh

University of Calcutta

West Bengal

H.N.B Garhwal University

Uttarakhand

B.N Mandal University

Bihar

 

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Note that there are universities, like University of California Berkeley, that do not accept scores by WES or any third party. Students must check with the university to which admission is required.
Getting worried about miscalculations in your score and losing an opportunity at an esteemed university abroad is a normal concern.

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Frequently asked questions

What does the WES do? 

The WES electronically assesses and converts the score systems of different countries into the 4 scale-graded US and Canadian system. The WES evaluation acts as a currency to study or work in hte US or Canada. 

How can I get WES certificate? 

You can get a WES certificate by completing the requirements mentioned below: 

  • list items Submit your application and get your WES reference number.
  • list items Send the required documents.

The WES will verify your credentials, create your report, and deliver it to you.

How long a WES certificate is valid?

A WES certificate is valid up to 5 years from the date of issuance. 

Is original degree certificate mandatory for WES evaluation? 

No. Provisional certificate or a self-arranged copy of the degree certificate will be accepted for the WES evaluation. 

What is the next step after WES evaluation? 

Once the WES evaluates your documents, the report is sent to your location mentioned in the application form. 

How do I know my university has partnered with WES or not? 

You can visit the WES website and see the Indian institutions that have been partnered with WES. 

How long is WES valid for? 

There is no expiration date for WES evaluated documents. You can apply with the documents once WES has evaluated for any time in the future.

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