Updated on Sep 8, 2021
WES stands for World Education Services.
A lot of you might have heard of the WES evaluation but may not know what it is, especially if you're someone looking to go for masters directly after graduating.
As we all know, the grading system in the USA is a lot different from the Indian grading system. Their grades are given on a scale of 0 to 4 with 0.1-point increments. On the contrary, in India we follow either a percentage scale (from 0 to 100) or a CGPA scale (from 0 to 10).
Now, a question arises, how do we convert our scale to theirs? Well, that’s exactly what the WES evaluation does. It takes your marks, in either percentage or CGPA form, and converts it based on each individual subject you have studied, to the 4 -point scale recognized in the USA.
Another reason why top universities require a WES evaluation is that they aren't completely aware of your college, university or course. Thus, they ask you to get your scores standardized via evaluation. What happens in an evaluation is that all the subjects that you have studied get converted to equivalent subjects taught in the US and also your scores get converted accordingly. Even so, not all universities require you to get your scores evaluated. It changes as per the requirements of individual institutions and their individual courses.
If you are currently in your final year of study, then it simply is a fact that if the university of your choice needs a WES evaluation, you cannot apply to it. This is because WES evaluation can only be done if you have completed your degree.
A WES evaluation isn't just useful for Graduate or PhD admissions, anyone seeking to find a job in USA or Canada may also be asked to get their scores evaluated and standardized. Some companies ask your degree scores to be standardized before offering you a job too.
Just go to https://www.wes.org and make an account. Follow the instructions on the website to fill in the details of your subjects individually and pay for the services they offer. They will automatically generate the standardized report and the report takes about seven business days, after complete reviewing and verifying of documents and payments, to be generated.
You have to pay either $160 or $205, whatever caters to your needs. In the $160 option, your scores are evaluated, standardized and reported to you in the 4.0 scale. In addition to these services, the $205 option also gives you the service of storing and officially sending the evaluated report to your selected universities. If you're looking for masters abroad, this is the option you would have to choose.
You can always check whether a university requires you to get your scores evaluated by checking their admission requirements. If you're still not sure whether you need to get it evaluated, you can always contact someone from the admissions office.
The WES evaluation isn't the only website that offers these services. Some other websites are:
Some universities in Canada also require you to get your scores evaluated and sent to them. Their individual requirements can be checked on their websites as well. WES is accepted in both USA as well as Canada.
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