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Documents required for the application process

I remember applying to Universities in the States and juggling to find out the application process, the documents needed, what exams to give, is my score good enough etc. and later on helping friends and others with the same process which bought me to write this article. I have simplified the documents needed in the application process below in order to make it easy and take some weight off your shoulders related to the steps involved in the application process.

Are you confused about the documents needed for the application process? Then keep on reading as I explain in simple steps.

1. Marksheets/ Transcripts

This includes marksheets also referred as transcripts of your 10th and 12th grade exams. If you have an undergraduate degree, you will need to include those transcripts as well. Sometimes you might be asked to submit a WES evaluation report mainly by Canadian universities which basically translates foreign transcripts into a score as understood by the international universities due to the difference in scoring systems across the globe. Also if your transcripts are not in English or the language of the destination country you wish to apply, you will need to get them translated.

2. English Language Exam

Based on the country and the university or college you are applying to, you will have to give the required English entrance exam which is either TOEFL, IELTS or PTE. Please review your university requirements criteria or search on our app in the university finder section to know the entry cut off marks required for each section of the test. To know more about the English language exam, I recommend checking this article here.

3. Academic Exams

Based on the university and the courses or program you wish to take you will have to give either of the following exams, GMAT, GRE, SAT, ACT, MCAT, LSAT. To get an idea of the university requirements criteria search on our app in the university finder section. To know more about the GRE and GMAT exam, I recommend checking this article here.

4. Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose also referred to as the SOP is a very crucial document in the application process. I would suggest you take ample time and draft the SOP explaining in your own words why you would like to go to that particular university and take that specific course, your goals, and point out reasons why the university should select you.

5. Letters of Recommendation

You will need to provide around 3 letters recommendation also referred to as LORs to each university you apply to. Make sure you have good rapport with your professor and Head of Department or if you’re already working, with your colleagues and managers.

6. Extracurricular activities

It is always a good idea to mention any certificates you have acquired through volunteering or non-academic projects or any awards won in sports.

7. Miscellaneous

Afterall every university is different with its own set of requirements so it is never a bad idea to check on the university website so that you don’t miss any additional documents they might have asked for.

Wrapping up

I hope this article gave you an insight and helped reduce the chaos with the application process. Follow the above steps and gather all the above-mentioned documents and you will be good to go.

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