Pre - Admission
Words of Advice from our panel of former and current international students on submitting a complete and winning application package:
Many countries have many different grading strategies; some grades students on a scale of 100, some 10, some with letters (scale may vary). Do not put so much emphasis on this. You may explain the grading strategy of your high school or college in one small paragraph in your SOP if you think it needs to be explained. You may also want to mention about your rank in your graduating class like among top 5%, 10% or 20%. Even if your GPA seems low, if you are in top 10 of your graduating class, your achievement is till significant. Edulix suggest you include a copy of your college's grading strategy (from school catalog or web site) and a letter from your department or college stating your rank in the graduating class.
You may not think many of these as an issue but personal preferences may affect your success and make a difference. These became important when you get acceptance from more than one college that ranks VERY close and include but not limited to:
Edulix expert panel strongly suggests to apply to a couple of back-up college with lower standards just in case.
For most international students, the essay could be their first major article in foreign language, as the case may be. The idea of an essay is not only to test your grammar and spelling of the language of instruction but to give the admission officers an effective tool where they will be able to determine your ability to express your thoughts, communication skills, unique personal traits and the quality and diversity you will be able to bring to their campuses. International students, by default bring diversity to any campus and you have this fact working for you always. Some of your qualifications may have positive affect in your application evaluation even if you think they are minor. Admission officers want to hear about that, all about you. Therefore, spend a good amount of time in outlining what you want to include in the essay. You could also request the advice of your instructors, particularly with grammar and syntax. The final product should always be your original work. Admission officers may realize copy-paste SOP's.