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All you Need to Know About WES Evaluation

All you Need to Know About WES Evaluation

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Want to know about WES evaluation, how to apply for WES Evaluation, documents, cost, and Indian universities recognized by WES read GyanDhan’s guide here.

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Updated on:  09 Jul 2024  | Reviewed By: 
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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 WES, full form for which is World Evaluation Services, 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. WES evaluation means that one can translate academic credentials to the US education system as well as that of Canada.

 

However, a quick introduction will not help with questions concerning the WES evaluation process, regarding how to apply, the cost of the evaluation, the documents required, etc. We will cover all of them in the blog and help you understand the process clearly.

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What is World Education Services or WES?

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

 

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

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How to Apply for the WES Evaluation?

WES evaluation compares an aspirant’s academic achievements to the standards in the US or Canada. This evaluation is useful for universities, employers, immigration authorities, and licensing boards to understand your educational qualifications.

 

The grading systems in the USA and India are quite different. In the US, grades are given on a scale from 0 to 4, with increments of 0.1 points. In India, the education system uses either a percentage scale (from 0 to 100) or a CGPA scale (from 0 to 10).

 

The WES application process facilitates a convenient 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:

 

Step 1: Apply to WES on the website and get a reference number.

 

Step 2: Arrange all the WES required documents and send them through your university/college, as per the format mentioned on the WES website.

 

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 WES Required Documents for Credit Evaluation?

WES required documents if you want to study at universities in the US or Canada include the following - 

  • list items Final or provisional degree certificate
  • list items Annual mark sheets
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    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.

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    When Should You Get Your Credentials Evaluated by WES?

    The simple answer to when study abroad aspirants should get their scores evaluated by WES is as soon as they decide to go abroad. The WES evaluation helps immigrants in both admission applications, as well as job applications. Since the WES evaluation process typically takes 7-10 days to complete, it is recommended to apply for WES evaluation in advance.

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    What Does WES Evaluate?

    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 bachelor with a minimum US equivalent score of 90%.
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    What is the Cost of WES Evaluation? 

    There are two kinds of WES evaluation, with different WES fees. You can select the one which suits your requirements.

  • list items Document-by-document evaluation can cost you up to $160
  • list items Course-by-course evaluation that costs $225.   
  • If you choose to pay the former WES fees, your scores are evaluated, standardized, and reported to you on a 4.0 scale. Whereas, with the latter, you also get to store and officially send the evaluated report to your selected universities. If you're looking for a master's abroad, this is the option you would have to choose.

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    Cost of WES Evaluation for International Students

    If you're an international student seeking a WES evaluation, it's important to understand the associated fees. These fees can vary depending on whether you're applying as an undergraduate, transfer, or graduate student. Below is a detailed breakdown of the WES evaluation costs and additional charges:

     

    Basic Evaluation Costs

    Here is a summary table of the WES evaluation costs:

    Type of Evaluation Cost (USD) Cost (INR)

    Document-by-Document (Freshman)

    107

    8.9K

    Course-by-Course (Transfer)

    170

    14.2K

    Course-by-Course (Graduate)

    170

    14.2K

    Make sure to account for any additional fees that may apply to your specific situation. 

     

    Additional Charges

    There may be extra costs for services such as expedited processing, delivery fees, and any additional copies of the evaluation report.

    Mode of Delivery Cost (USD) Cost (INR)

    Standard mode of delivery (tracking excluded)

    USD 11

    INR 0.9 K

    International Courier Services (tracking included)

    USD 78

    INR 6.5 K

    1-Day Shipping (US address)

    USD 37 

    INR 3 K

    2-Day Shipping (US address)

    USD 26

    INR 2.2 K

    Shipping between 3-5 days

    USD 16

    INR 1.3 K

    Envelope Cost (sealed)

    USD 06

    INR 0.5 K

    Duplicate Reports (ordered during WES application)

    USD 32

    INR 2.6 K

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    What is the Process of WES Evaluation?

    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:

  • list items Document Imaging: The evaluators scan each document into the WES system. In many cases, the documents could be sent from your institution.
  • 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.  
  • 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.  
  • 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 Canada and US 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.
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    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.
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    Document-by-document evaluated WES report

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    Indian Universities Recognized by WES US and Canada

    The WES evaluation for Indian students includes a detailed WES university list that can send the documents electronically to WES. Many Indian universities come under the WES university list. 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

    Universities States

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

     

    Universities States

    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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    Importance of WES in the USA

    The WES meaning or importance in simple words is that it provides a uniform score base for all international students. A WES evaluation in the USA is not only beneficial for Master's or PhD admissions; some employers also require standardized degree scores before offering a job. Therefore, anyone seeking employment in the USA or Canada may need to have their WES score evaluated and standardized. Top colleges often require a WES review because they may not be familiar with your college, university, or course. They request standardized scores from WES to better understand your academic background.

     

    Please note that not all US universities mandate score evaluations. Requirements vary by institution and program. However, whether required or not, it is generally recommended to get your Educational Credentials Assessment (ECA) done by WES.

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    Why WES Canada is Important?

    WES Canada holds significant importance for several key reasons:

  • list items Evaluating Academics: WES Canada is essential for evaluating and validating international academic credentials. This service is crucial for immigrants, refugees, and international students seeking educational or employment opportunities in Canada.
  • list items Supporting Integration: By providing accurate assessments of foreign credentials, WES helps individuals navigate the Canadian system effectively, increasing their chances of academic and career success.
  • list items Uniformity in Evaluation: WES Canada establishes a standardized benchmark for evaluating international educational qualifications. This ensures that individuals from diverse academic backgrounds receive fair and transparent assessments.
  • list items Immigration and Permanent Residency: WES evaluations are often required for immigration and permanent residency applications in Canada. An accredited evaluation from WES can positively influence one's immigration status and enhance eligibility for various immigration programs.
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    Note that there are universities, like the 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.
     

    That’s all about WES, if you are confused about how to calculate your percentage or convert a 10-point scale CGPA to a GPA score before applying for WES evaluation, try our Free Grade Converter tool today. Get your grades evaluated and weigh your chances of securing admission to your dream university in just a single click!

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the WES full form?

    WES full form is World Education Services.

    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 systems. The WES evaluation acts as a currency to study or work in the US or Canada. 

    How can I get a WES certificate? 

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

    1. Submit your application and get your WES reference number.
    2. Send the required documents.
    3. 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 for up to 5 years from the date of issuance. 

    Is the original degree certificate mandatory for WES evaluation? 

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

    What is the next step after the WES evaluation? 

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

    How do I know if 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. 

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