Evaluation Service

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ACEI evaluates educational credentials from around the world and recommends the U.S. educational equivalence for the following purposes:

  • Education
  • Immigration
  • Professional Certification
  • Military Enlistment
  • Employment
  • Salary Allocation

Follow these 3 easy steps

1

Prepare Your Documents

Select your country/cotuntries of study & view all Required Documents

2

Complete Application

Open & complete application of all required documents

3

Submit Your Package

Mail application form, fee & academic documents (if not required directly from your institution) to ACEI

Required Documents

ACEI has specific requirements for each COUNTRY which you need to view (select your Country of study above) before submitting your credentials for evaluation. Below is a description of academic documents:

Transcripts

Official/Original complete sets of student's permanent academic record (transcripts/report cards/ examination statements/marks sheets) showing subjects or courses studied per each academic term/ year with hours of instruction [lecture/laboratory/credits/units] and final examination results/grades/ marks issued by the institution(s). (See Country-Specific Requirements)

Certificate/Diploma/Degree/Professional License

Official/Original proof of graduation (if a program of study/training has been completed) in the form of a Certificate of Graduation, Matriculation Certificate, External Examination Certificate, Diploma, Degree, or Professional License is to be submitted. NOTE: ACEI will not evaluate Certificates/Diplomas/Degrees/ Licenses without academic transcripts or examination certificates. (See Country-Specific Requirements)

Translations

Official/Original complete set of translations for all academic documents issued in a language other than English must be translated into English and submitted (with 2 sets of photocopies). Translations must be official or original, line-by-line, word-for-word and in the same format as the original-language documents prepared by a licensed translator. Official or original translations will be returned to the applicant at the completion of the evaluation, if requested in writing. NOTE: DO NOT SUBMIT ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS WITHOUT THE DOCUMENTS IN THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGE. EVALUATIONS ARE NOT BASED ON TRANSLATIONS ALONE. If you need assistance with the translation of your credentials, please click on TRANSLATION SERVICE.

MULTIPLE CREDENTIALS/DEGREES

Academic documents of undergraduate (1st degree) studies must be provided for evaluation with any post-graduate/Master’s and graduate/doctoral degree studies that are to be evaluated.

DOCTORATE (PH.D.) DEGREE

Doctorate (Ph.D.) degree studies must be supported with an abstract (summary) of the doctoral dissertation/thesis as well as academic documents (transcripts and degree) supporting ALL previous education (e.g. undergraduate Bachelor’s and graduate Master’s).

SYLLABUS

Course descriptions/syllabi are not required, but may be requested by ACEI if academic documents lack complete information on subject titles/content and/or instruction hours. Course syllabi become the property of ACEI and will not be returned.
NOTE: DO NOT SUBMIT SYLLABI UNLESS REQUESTED BY ACEI.

EVALUATIONS FOR PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION/LICENSING

Evaluations intended for professional certification with State Licensing Boards are based on original/official academic documents only.

PROOF OF NAME CHANGE

In the event your name has changed (through marriage, citizenship, etc.); please provide a copy of legal proof of name change (e.g. copy of marriage certificate, naturalization certificate, or other legal documents).



NOTE: ACEI reserves the right, at any time during the evaluation process, to request additional documents or original credentials or to verify studies with the institution(s) attended.

Evaluation Reports

ACEI provides the following evaluation reports for individuals who have studied outside the U.S. and need statements of academic equivalence in terms of the U.S. system of education. ACEI evaluations are suitable for U.S. schools, colleges, universities, state regulatory boards for professional licensing, employers, USCIS (immigration) and any entity which requires an evaluation of international academic studies.

Report Types

1 | Basic Report

General Document-by-Document

Suitable for employment, immigration, or any purpose where a course-by-course and grades is not required

  • Identifies and describes each transcript, grade report, examination record, marks sheet, certificate, diploma, or degree submitted for evaluation
  • Identifies the institution(s) attended and location(s)
  • Confirms the status of the institution(s) attended, entrance criteria, duration of studies and purpose of program
  • Recommends the U.S. educational equivalent of each level of study and credentials earned.

2 | COMPREHENSIVE REPORT

[Course-by-Course with Grades] – suitable for further education/college/ university admission, licensing/certificate with a professional state licensing/regulatory board (e.g. teacher certification, engineering, real estate, accounting, nursing, dietetics, laboratory technology, etc.)

  • Identifies and describes each transcript, grade report, examination record, marks sheet, certificate, diploma, or degree submitted for evaluation.
  • Identifies the institution(s) attended and location(s).
  • Confirms the status of the institution(s), entrance criteria, duration of studies and purpose of program.
  • Recommends the U.S. educational equivalent of each level of study and credentials earned.
  • Provides a list of courses/subjects studied per academic year.
  • Converts instruction (lecture & laboratory) hours into equivalent U.S. Semester Units of Credit for all post-secondary/university-level courses.
  • Converts grades/marks/final examination results into equivalent U.S. grades of A, B, C, D, F for each subject/course evaluated
  • Calculates an overall Grade Point Average (G.P.A.).
  • Identifies course levels as lower/upper division/graduate/professional level for each post-secondary course evaluated.

CALIFORNIA BOARD OF ACCOUNTANCY REPORT

[Course-by-Course] – suitable ONLY for the California Board of Accountancy

  • Identifies and describes each transcript, grade report, examination record, marks sheet, certificate, diploma, or degree submitted for evaluation
  • Identifies the institution(s) attended and location(s)
  • Confirms the status of the institution(s), entrance criteria, length of study and purpose of program.
  • Recommends the U.S. educational equivalent of each level of study and credentials earned
  • Provides a course-by-course listing of courses/subjects studied by classifying and identifying them under their appropriate course headings (e.g. Accounting courses will be reported under course heading ‘Accounting,” Business and related courses will be reported under ‘Business Administration,” Economics and Finance courses will be reported under “Economics and Finance,” Languages under language headings, and so on.)
  • Converts instruction (lecture & laboratory) hours into equivalent U.S. Semester Units of Credit for each course completed and recognized as post-secondary/university-level.

If you are unsure as to what type of report to select, please contact the institution/board/agency requiring the evaluation or ACEI at email: acei@acei-global.org or telephone at 1-310-275-3530.

Processing Time

Standard Processing [7 Days]

ACEI requires 7 business days to complete an evaluation from the day ALL documents, application and fees are received.

RUSH Services

To meet deadlines, ACEI offers 2 types of RUSH Service. Applying for RUSH Service guarantees completion of the evaluation within the time-line selected. The RUSH Service does not include express mailing of the evaluation. The fee for RUSH Service is in addition to the evaluation fee. (See Fees)

  • One (1) Business Day (evaluation is completed within one full business day [24 hours] from receipt of ALL requirements)*
  • Three (3) Business Days (evaluation is completed within 3 business days from receipt of ALL requirements)*
*The RUSH Service goes into effect only when ALL required fees, application, and academic documents have been received by ACEI.

Fees

Evaluation Reports

The evaluation fee is based on the level(s) of education you have completed and the type of report selected; not the expected/anticipated outcome of the evaluation. The fee for the type of evaluation report you select provides you with ONE (1) OFFICIAL REPORT and ONE (1) APPLICANT COPY. Refer to Report Types for detailed information on each report and content. Please check with the institution/organization/entity for which the evaluation is intended to ensure the type of evaluation report required. (The evaluation fee does not include Shipping/Handling)

1 | Basic Report General Document-by-Document

a) High School/Secondary Level Education (only) $95
b) College/University Education  
Fee for 1st set of academic transcript & certificate/diploma/degree $95
Fee for 1 & more academic transcripts & certificate/diploma/degrees (flat fee) $145

2 | COMPREHENSIVE REPORT [Course-by-Course with Grades]

a) High School/Secondary Level Education (only) $165
b) College/University Education  
Fee for 1st set of academic transcript & certificate/diploma/degree $185
Fee for academic transcript & certificate/diploma/degree beyond 1st credential (must pay $185 for 1st set) $95 (per additional credential)

3 |CALIFORNIA BOARD OF ACCOUNTANCY REPORT [Course-by-Course]

a) College/University Education
Fee for 1st set of academic transcript & certificate/diploma/degree $185
Fee for academic transcript & certificate/diploma/degree beyond 1st credential (must pay $185 for 1st set) $95 (per additional credential)

NOTE: Fee does NOT cover the cost for shipping/handling of the reports. You will be charged the Standard Mail/E-mail fee for each mailing/email address, if not provided.

RUSH SERVICE

Standard processing time to complete an evaluation is 7 business days. Rush service is available for faster turn-around. (The fee for Rush Service is in addition to the Evaluation Fee shown above.)

  • One (1) Business Day (24 Hours)$200
  • Three (3) Business Days$150

NOTE: Fee does NOT cover the cost for shipping/handling of the reports. You will be charged the Standard Mail/E-mail fee for each mailing/email address, if not provided.

DUPLICATE REPORTS

a) ORDERED WITH EVALUATION The fee for the Evaluation Report you select provides you with the ONE (1) OFFICIAL REPORT and ONE (1) APPLICANT COPY. Fees to order additional official evaluation reports with your application:

  • Fee for each duplicate report at the time of application filling and evaluation$35 (per duplicate report)
b) ORDERED AFTER EVALUATION All completed evaluations and documents remain in the ACEI archives for three (3) years thereafter they are destroyed. You may order additional duplicate reports providing it is within the 3-year timeline.

  • Fee for duplicate report AFTER the evaluation has been completed $50 (1 duplicate report)
  • Fee for each additional duplicate report (Must Pay $50.00 for 1st) $35
NOTE: Fee does NOT cover the cost for shipping/handling of the reports. You will be charged the Standard Mail/E-mail fee for each mailing/email address, if not provided.

SHIPPING/HANDLING

The evaluation/rush fee does NOT cover the cost for shipping/handling of the reports. If you do not provide the required fee, you will be charged the Standard Mail/E-mail fee for each mailing/e-mail address provided. The following mailing options are available:

  • Standard (USPS) Mail $20 min.*
  • United Parcel Service (UPS) [Courier/Express domestic U.S. only] $50 min.*
  • United Parcel Service (UPS) [Courier/Express overseas international] $80 min.*
  • Electronic Mail (E-mail) $10 **
* This is the minimum fee for each type of mailing. Certain delivery locations/over-sized/extra-large original documents will require additional fees for return mail. Applicants will be notified of the additional postage fee once documents and application are on file.

** If you request an e-mail transmission of your official and/or your applicant copy of the evaluation, a hard copy will not be issued by ACEI. To have your original documents returned select and include mail fee (See above).

SECURE DOCUMENT STORAGE (SDS)©

  • Fee to digitally store all original/official academic documents evaluated by ACEI $15
  • Fee to issue certified document copies of digitized SDS documents $25

NOTE: Fee does NOT cover the cost for shipping/handling of the reports. You will be charged the Standard Mail/E-mail fee for each mailing/email address, if not provided.

COPY FEE $20 (flat fee)

ACEI requires 2 complete sets of all academic documents (including English translations). Photocopies must be clear, legible and full-sized photocopies (front and back). Otherwise you will be assessed a photocopy fee of $20. Photocopies become the property of ACEI.

FILE EXTENSION $50

Evaluation reports and academic documents are destroyed after three (3) years. You may request to extend your evaluation report for an additional three (3) years.

EVALUATION REVIEW $50

After the evaluation has been completed, any questions regarding the evaluation, based on the documents provided to ACEI with the initial application, must be submitted in writing to ACEI within the first two (2) months of the completion date (“Grace Period”). Requests for review of the evaluation or questions concerning the evaluation submitted after expiration of the “Grace Period” shall be subject to a $50.00 review fee.

REACTIVATION $50

If an applicant fails to provide all required documentation with the application within two (2) months of the date the application was received, Applicant acknowledges and agrees that the application shall automatically be deemed as inactive. Reactivation fee is $50.00.

EVALUATION UPGRADE

Evaluation of credentials not submitted with the original application request are treated as new evaluations and require full payment, a new application and academic documents. Requests to change a report type (e.g. Basic Report to a Comprehensive Report or vice-versa), once an evaluation has been completed, requires full payment with a new application.

PAYMENT METHODS

ACEI accepts the following methods of payment:

  • Personal Check
  • Cashier’s Check
  • Money Order
  • Credit Cards (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa)
  • Debit Cards (Visa, MasterCard)
NOTE: Checks must be drawn in U.S. dollars and on a U.S. bank payable to ACEI. Overseas/ International payments must be in U.S. dollars and drawn on a U.S. bank. All returned personal checks will be subject to $30 service fee.

  • DO NOT SEND CASH.
  • FEES ARE NOT REFUNDABLE.
  • FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.
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