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Amit’s Nightmare: When Credential Evaluations Go Wrong

June 23, 2011

Amit hasn’t slept in three days. And he probably won’t sleep the next three either. He wasn’t crying, but when he called me today, I could feel the pain clenched in his voice.

Amit recently enrolled in a GMAT® prep course with Veritas Prep™. He was excited at the potential of achieving a high score, and the ensuing possibility of gaining admittance to a top MBA program. After all, Amit has spent the last five years working toward this dream.

However, three days ago, Amit’s dream became a nightmare when he was informed that the 3-year degree he received in his homeland of India was not in fact equivalent to a 4-year bachelor’s degree as he was originally told. And in order to gain admittance for his MBA at an American university, Amit needs to show that he has completed a 4-year bachelor’s degree (or the foreign equivalent). Unfortunately, Amit cannot do that. So he dropped out of the GMAT course.

The last five years of Amit’s life, while professionally productive, have not accomplished what they were supposed to – bolster his resume for a top MBA program here in the States. Had Amit known years ago that his 3-year Indian diploma was not equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in the U.S., he could have easily taken the necessary steps to complete the required credits before continuing his career. But he was misled. Not intentionally, but misled nonetheless.

Now Amit faces a burden and bundle of stress no one should ever have to deal with. Had he been directed to meet with a member of the Association of International Credential Evaluators (AICE), such as my sponsor, SDR Educational Consultants, Amit would be sleeping peacefully tonight.

How do I know? Because every member of AICE guarantees that a senior expert will personally review all educational documents when they’re evaluated. Plus, they are all owned and operated by an expert or team of experts, each with at least 15 years of experience evaluating foreign credentials. And since all members of AICE collaborate to consistently recommend similar equivalencies, people like Amit can trust that their credentials will be accurately evaluated.

Disclaimer: The true identity of this story’s protagonist has been altered to protect his privacy.

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