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What are Credential Evaluation Services?

Credential evaluation services are an essential step for individuals looking to study or work in the United States. Both potential employers and academic programs may request that your foreign degrees and transcripts have a certified translation and a credential evaluation as you submit your applications.

Our article helps you understand what exactly credential evaluation services are, how much they cost, and how to obtain them.

Why Is Credential Evaluation Important?

In order to obtain a visa to travel to the United States and study or work, you will need to show potential employers and academic programs that you are qualified to be hired or enroll in a set of courses. Credential evaluation is an important part of making this determination, and most employers and academic programs require you to utilize a credential evaluation service if you are applying from overseas.

However, it is important to note that all academic institutions and workplaces are different, and you should consult directly with the school or company to understand what is required of international applicants.

Below, we answer your important questions about credential evaluation services, such as:

What Do Credential Evaluation Services Do?

Credential evaluation services are services that are designed to evaluate a foreign degree or coursework and compare it to similar degrees or coursework in the United States. Effectively, the credential evaluation service converts foreign academic degrees and coursework into the U.S. equivalent so that admissions committees and hiring departments can easily understand how to review someone’s previous education and employment experience.

Whether or not you will need to obtain a credential evaluation or simply a certified translation of your foreign documents like transcripts and degrees is up to the academic institution or company that you are applying to. You need to check carefully with the school or companies that you are interested in studying with or working for to see exactly what is required of international applicants.

How are Foreign Credentials Evaluated?

Each credential evaluation service might have its own specific process for evaluating foreign credentials and converting them to the U.S. equivalent, but there are three general ways that most services look at foreign credentials. Depending on what is required of you and what the credential evaluation service offers, you may have to select one method of evaluation over another or pay different prices for certain evaluation methods.

The three main types of foreign credential evaluations include:

1. Course-by-Course Evaluations

Course-by-course credential evaluations are reports that look at each course or credit hour earned by an individual overseas and provide the United States equivalent. Overall academic performance is looked at and grades are typically converted into the United States grade point average (GPA) and semester credit scales.

Course-by-course evaluations are most commonly used when international students want to transfer credits as they travel to study in the United States and to determine overall academic performance for admission into a more advanced degree. They may also be used for students who are interested in graduate, certification, and professional licensure programs located in the United States.

The documents you may need for this type of credential evaluation include detailed academic transcripts that show course titles, grades, credit hours, and any degrees or certifications earned at foreign institutions.

2. Document-by-Document Evaluations

A document-by-document evaluation service will detail each foreign educational institution attended and the credentials earned at those institutions. The evaluation service will then provide a report that states the United States equivalent of the credentials earned, such as bachelor’s or master’s degrees. The most common documents required for this type of credential evaluation include academic documentation such as diplomas, certificates, and transcripts with graduation information.

Document-by-document evaluations tend to be more commonly used when it comes to international students applying for graduate programs or degree holders applying for work in the United States. In the cases of students wanting to transfer credits from abroad to the United States, course-by-course evaluations are more common.

3. Work Experience Evaluations

Work experience evaluations are typically completed when a professional wants to obtain a visa to work in the United States. The documents required as part of this evaluation include any diplomas or degrees obtained, certifications, transcripts detailing graduation information, and resumes with information like job duties, skills, and employer information. These evaluations tend to be more geared towards converting work experience to the United States equivalent than the other two methods, which tend to focus on overall degree and academic performance evaluation.

Where Can I Get a Credential Evaluation?

Online research may direct you to a specific credential evaluation service, as may the academic institution or company you are thinking of joining. It’s important to carefully look into each credential evaluation service to ensure you are utilizing a company that upholds high standards and does its best to accurately convert your foreign credentials into the United States equivalent.

A great way to ensure this happens is to use a credential evaluation service that is a member of either the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE).

Both of these organizations utilize a code of ethics and standards, and credential evaluation services that join either of these organizations are committed to upholding these standards in addition to providing accurate evaluations of foreign qualifications.

How Much Do Credential Evaluation Services Cost?

Credential evaluation services aren’t free, and you should expect to pay between $100 and $300 on average for your foreign qualifications to be evaluated. You may need to pay more if you have a large number of documents that need to be converted or if you require rush services for your credential evaluation report.

Check with what is required of you by the academic institution or company you are applying to and then the specific credential evaluation service you wish to work with to verify the total cost of this process.

Is a Certified Translation the Same as a Credential Evaluation?

Though they sound like they could be the same thing, a certified translation is not the same as a credential evaluation service. A certified translation is a translation of your original document into English, while a credential evaluation is an evaluation of any coursework or employment experience obtained abroad that is converted into the United States equivalent.

Foreign credentials and documents that often require evaluation include degrees, certifications, licenses, academic coursework or internships, resumes, and descriptions or details of jobs completed in your home country.

Most credential evaluation services will require that your foreign documents have a certified English translation before they can be reviewed and evaluated for U.S. equivalency. You will need to check with the specific credential evaluation company you are working with for more details on this.

Where Can I Get a Certified Translation?

Certified translations are an essential part of the process when it comes to traveling to the United States to work or study. Credential evaluation services may require your documents to include certified translations, and companies or academic institutions may require any transcripts, resumes, or diplomas to have certified translations as part of your application.

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General Questions

Can you expedite my translation?2020-10-13T08:31:38-04:00

Yes, we apply a surcharge of 50% to expedited translations and it is a service we offer for most common language combinations.

With expedited service we can reduce the delivery time by approximately 50%. If your document is only 1 page, we can often provide same day service.

How do you keep my information secure?2020-04-10T10:40:07-04:00

All your information is transmitted using SSL/TLS encryption.

We never receive, store or keep your credit card information. Your credit card information is processed externally by Stripe. The same company that manages payments for companies such as Uber, Lyft, Target, Blue Apron, SquareSpace, Slack and Spotify (to name a few).

U.S. Language Services has a strict confidentiality policy. We understand that in certain cases, given the sensitivity of the information to be translated, some clients require we sign a specific confidentiality agreement (NDA). We would be happy to sign your NDA.

Who will translate my document?2020-04-10T10:41:04-04:00

Our translators have years of experience in the translation industry and specialize in different areas of service. Many of them have graduate degrees and certificates in fields such as law and engineering.

How can I pay?2020-04-10T10:40:56-04:00

We accept all major credit cards, Apple Pay, PayPal and Google Pay.

In what currency are your prices?2022-02-25T08:57:58-05:00

All prices — both in the online store and in quotes sent via email — are indicated in U.S. dollars (USD).

Is my payment safe?2020-04-10T10:40:47-04:00

Yes. We use Stripe and PayPal as payment platforms. We never receive, store or keep your credit card information.

Certified Translation

What is a certified translation?2020-04-10T10:52:38-04:00

A certified translation is a word-for-word translation required for official use by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), universities, colleges, state or federal institutions and courts.

All our certified translations are issued in accordance with the regulations established by the USCIS, the institution that most frequently requires this type of document. A certified translation includes a certificate issued on our corporate letterhead signed by the translator and a U.S. Language Services representative in PDF format.

How much does it cost?2021-04-13T11:31:37-04:00

The price for a certified translation is $29.00 per page. No hidden fees.
Each page may contain up to 250 words or fewer including numbers. Pages may be letter size (8.5″ x 11″), A4 or smaller and one sided.
For languages that use logograms, such as Chinese, Korean and Japanese, each character is considered a word.

How are the pages counted?2022-06-28T09:54:53-04:00

When you order a certified translation, the most significant variable is how the pages of the document are calculated. We take into consideration both the number of physical pages in your original document and the total word count.

Each page may contain up to 250 words. Pages may be letter size (8.5″ x 11″), A4 or smaller and one sided.

For example: A project with 2 physical pages that each contain 500 words (1,000 words total), is calculated as 4 pages (1,000 words ÷ 250 = 4 pages).

What happens if I don’t count the number of pages correctly?2020-04-10T10:48:37-04:00

Don’t worry. Our team reviews each order individually. If the number of pages is greater, we’ll contact you with instructions on how to proceed. If you ordered pages in excess, we’ll issue you a refund using the same payment method.

How long will it take to translate my document?2021-06-07T18:46:33-04:00

For most common languages, including Spanish, French, Portuguese, Russian and Chinese, you can expect to receive a 1-3 page translation in 1 business day. Larger projects (4 – 10 pages) can take up to 3 business days.

For orders in other language pairs, our team will review your documents and provide you with the delivery date once you place your order.

Note: Orders placed after 2 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time) will be processed by our team on the following business day. Delivery dates exclude weekends & holidays. 

Do you offer notarized translations?2021-11-10T14:29:32-05:00

No, we do not offer notarized translation services.

Standard Translation

How much does it cost?2020-11-12T06:22:39-05:00

The price for a standard translation is $0.12 per word. No hidden fees.
For languages that use logograms, such as Chinese, Korean and Japanese, each character is considered a word.

Is there a minimun?2020-11-11T11:10:45-05:00

Yes. The minimum per project is $24 or 200 words.

What is a standard translation?2020-11-11T11:14:07-05:00

A standard translation is a high-quality, professional translation of documents or text-based files delivered in an editable Word file. If you require a different format (pages, rtf, txt) just let us know when placing your order using the comments field. This service is perfect for:

  • Press releases, employee manuals
  • Websites, blog posts, emails, text messages
  • Financial statements, legal contracts
  • Online stores, e-commerce, product descriptions, etc.
How do you ensure quality?2020-04-10T11:12:59-04:00

Our translators have years of experience in the translation industry and specialize in different areas of service. Many of them have graduate degrees and certificates in fields such as marketing, law and engineering. We’re very selective and accept less than 10% of the translators that apply.

A typical translator working for U.S. Language Services has over 5 years of experience and is fluent or bilingual in English and the source or target language.

What languages do you translate?2022-03-21T11:43:14-04:00

U.S. Language Services provides translation services in 35 languages. We translate both from English and into English:

  • Arabic
  • Bulgarian
  • Catalan
  • Chinese (Simplified & Traditional)
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dari
  • Dutch
  • Farsi
  • French
  • Georgian
  • German
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Hindi
  • Hungarian
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Norwegian
  • Polish
  • Portuguese (Brazil & Portugal)
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Slovak
  • Spanish (Spain and Latin America)
  • Swedish
  • Tagalog
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian
  • Vietnamese
How long will it take?2021-06-07T18:46:35-04:00

For most common languages, including Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish you can expect to receive:

  • A 500 word translation in 1 business day
  • A 1,000 word translation in 2 business days
  • A 2,000 word translation in 3 business days
  • A 5,000 word translation in 5 business days

For orders in other language pairs, our team will review your documents and provide you with the delivery date once you place your order.

Note: Orders placed after 2 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time) will be processed by our team on the following business day. Delivery dates exclude weekends & holidays.

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