Educational Evaluation Reports assess the foreign academic credentials of the applicant. The evaluation determines the level of education, the number of years completed and the specialization of the applicant and provides the U.S. degree equivalent.
Course by Course evaluations provide the same information as educational evaluation reports, but also list the courses taken, the grades received and the credit equivalence in the United States. It is required for CPA examinations, teacher certifications and licensing or membership in professional associations.
Professional Work Experience Evaluations also evaluate the applicants’ education (if applicable); however, professional work experience evaluation reports use the USCIS “three-for-one” rule, which states that three years of work experience can be substituted for one year of academic study to equate to a Bachelor’s degree. This equivalency is used for USCIS purposes; the applicant cannot use the reports for admission into university programs based on work experience.
Expert Opinion Position Evaluation analyze the job duties of a particular position. An AETS ‘industry expert’ (PhD) evaluator will determine if the job duties of the position are so complex that only an individual with a Bachelor’s degree or higher could adequately perform the required tasks. Furthermore, this evaluation explains why the position would be considered a ‘Specialty Occupation’.
Expert Opinion Position Analysis examine the individual’s educational background and explains why their degree relates to the proffered position. An AETS ‘industry expert’ (PhD) evaluator will examine the courses completed by the individual and explain in detail why those particular courses qualify the candidate for the proffered position. ¬†This type of evaluation differs from the Position Evaluation because it focuses on the individual’s education and compares the coursework to the proffered position.