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The “W” Graph and Its Implications for International Undergraduate Students

Because of the variations in ongoing high-school assessments and a system of “board” or “public” exams in some countries, international students’ credentials may present a confusing picture. Understanding the U.S. admissions process will help students to bridge the gap and clarify anomalies in their applications to U.S. universities.

Over the years, in my experience as an adviser, I have come to realize that evaluating the high-school credentials of an international student is sometimes confusing for U.S. admissions staff. This arises because of the socio-cultural as well as systemic differences in the educational systems in different countries. U.S. college-admission ...

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