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3 Myths and Truths About WES Credential Evaluations

Wednesday | July 26, 2023 | by WES Advisor

Whether you’re a student planning to study abroad or an employer assessing a candidate’s international academic credentials, you might have read or heard some myths about credential evaluations.

Continue reading and learn the truth behind a few of these common misconceptions about receiving a credential evaluation from World Education Services (WES).


Myth  

Receiving a credential evaluation always takes several months. 

Truth  

As soon as we receive and accept all your required academic documents, it can take as little as seven days to obtain your credential evaluation.

If you would like to have your academic records evaluated by WES, it will be helpful to know about the process. This blog provide answers to common questions regarding the procedure and timeframe for obtaining a WES credential evaluation. 


Myth

My academic institution must send my official academic documents to WES by postal mail – which is time-consuming and unpredictable.  

Truth  

WES has digital partnerships with more than 10,000 academic institutions around the world. These institutions can send required documents to WES through efficient, predictable, secure digital channels.  

WES accepts secure electronic documents from verified sources, making it easier and quicker to submit your academic records. To make the process smoother and prevent any delays, we have provided useful tips in this blog. 


Myth  

Before I can apply for a credential evaluation, I need to know what academic program I will apply to.

Truth 

 You can start the credential evaluation process now and specify your recipients later. In fact, we highly recommend starting your credential evaluation as early in your planning as possible. 

If you’re planning to move to the U.S. or Canada, it’s best to start the credential evaluation process as early as you can. Read more about the best time to obtain a WES credential evaluation 


We hope by debunking these common myths about credential evaluations we can provide clarity for international students and trained workers seeking new opportunities in the U.S. and Canada. 

If you have other questions, please contact our Customer Service and provide additional information. You may also visit our Help Center.  

 

Related readings 

Get Started with Your WES (World Education Services) Credential Evaluation 

Top 5 Reasons to Get a Credential Evaluation 

Why Is My Employer Asking for a Credential Evaluation? 

WES Advisor is an initiative of World Education Services, a non-profit organization with over 45 years of experience in international education. We provide advice and resources for international students and skilled immigrants to help them make informed decisions about education, employment, immigration, and integration opportunities in the U.S. and Canada.