Profile Evaluation

Profile evaluation is an expected question in all the education discussion forums related to studying in Australia. It is really likely to be hesitant about your odds of getting an admission. There is no ‘precise’ method in analysinga prospective student’s profile. Nobody can really determine how your profile will be evaluated against all the other ones in your specific domain at your target University.
Although the profile evaluation is exhausting to generalise, we have given a brief breakdown of each criterion measured.

1. Bachelor's percentage or GPA

This is easily the most important condition for your application. Your GPAs holds a major priority in getting your application chosen.

2. Work Experience

If you have prior work experience related to your course, it certainly adds up. Not only is it abrownie point for your admission, but it also helps in bagging a part-time employment. Also, finding a job after your Masters is much more relaxed. (Students directly applying after their undergraduate degree have their own advantages too!)

3. Statement of Purpose (SOP)

Your SOP is your life tale. Your muse, your zeal, your interests, your philosophies, your future plans, can all be expressed in your own statement. In many cases, a striking SOP will quickly put you ahead in the race. In our opinion, this is the third most important document in your application.

4. Letter of Recommendations (LOR)

LORs are highly valued &appreciated. They give an idea about the person you are to be associated with and your individuality in the point of view of a third person. Arrange for your LORs from people in high positions in your organisation.

5. Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Your CV is an exhibition of all your professional as well as educational accomplishments; thus, it is essential to craft it perfectly. It describes how professional you maintain your documents and present your portfolio in a concise, remarkable way. This is usually the only record that is skimmed through precisely in the first phase of the admission process.

6. IELTS / TOEFL

These are tests conducted to evaluate yourproficiency inthe English language. It is just an entitlement criterion for a Postgraduateprogramme at any Australian university.

7. GRE

The GRE Exam scores affect your course application and your rank amongst all other applications. It displays your aptitude skills and shows the potential of theinterested candidates. It tests the vital skills of a student but is not actually compulsory (unless mentioned) at all Universities in Australia.

8. Internships, Workshops and Extracurricular Activities

Any extracurricular involvement is complementary to the strength of your profile. Traineeships/internships will give a constructive view of you as a candidate. They are great fillers for any study gaps you have taken as well as for the summer vacations. Being a part of workshops & student-clubs indicate that you are anoptimistic, enthusiastic individual, and are passionateabout participating in a variety of events.

9. Research Papers, Patents

If you have written &published a scientific essay/conference paper/journal, it is going to add considerable credibility to your profile. It is a brownie point for your profile!

10. Class X, Class XII grades

Your HSC and SSC scores, collectively with your recent Grade, shows your consistency in your academic routine. Having a progressive trend is a positive argument for you.

11. Backlogs

If a student gets any backlogs in the course of their studying, they are more likely to have a lower GPA, which can affect their overall profile. However, if you manage to get a good GPA even though you have had a few backlogs, you can defend the situation with explanations in your Graduate Essay/SOP. If the complete profile has a positive outlook, backlogs might be ignored.

Sample Profile

  • Class X: 92 %
  • Class XII: 89 %
  • Bachelor's GPA: 9.08
  • Work Experience: 2 years (in relevant field)
  • GRE: 311
  • IELTS: 7.5
  • Research papers: 1

How to evaluate?

  • Evaluate each criterion out of 100.
  • Multiply with the respective fraction.
  • Add up all the values to get a final prediction for the probability of getting an admit.

Evaluation

CriterionRelative Importance ( % )My Profile Evaluation
Bachelor's GPA (min. 60%)
Work Experience (2-4 years)
SOP
Class X, XII GRE IELTS GATE German language
Internships Workshops Research papers Extracurricular activities
LOR
CV
Backlogs
Grand Total

Interpretation of the result

Profile evaluation scoreChances of admit (in general)
85 – 100Very high
75 – 85High
65 – 75Moderate
60 – 65Low
50 – 60Very low
< 50Nil

Trivia

  • If the final grade of your Undergraduate Degree happens to fall between 60% - 70 %, the chances of admission may be quite low. But, if it is below 60%, there is, unfortunately, no possibility.
  • Even though you have a good profile, the relevance of the course you are applying to and the subjects taught in your Undergraduate programmeholds primary importance. For example, if you have completed your Bachelor's in Biotechnology Engineering, it would be a little challenging to get an admit for a Masters in Oil and Gas Engineering. If you are thinking of switching your domain, then justify the same in your essay.
  • Always list out the most recent education/experiences first while preparing your records.
  • Some universities might further assess you using questionnaires, telephonic interviews, online tests, etc.

Why is Bachelor's grade so important?

Every year, Universities&Colleges receive thousands of applications from all around the globe, having varied portfolios and backgrounds. All these profiles use different grading systems, and evaluating all the profiles on a common ground would be a mind-numbing task. Thus, the Undergraduate GPA is highly influential in deciding your admit. Although this is not reasonable, they have a tendency to be interested in a profile with a higher GPA above other credentials.

How can I improve my chances if my Bachelor's grade is less?

Here are a few ideas that can offset the effect of a low GPA and give you a slight upper hand on receiving an admit.

  • Score well on all online tests and interviews (if any)
  • Participate in Traineeships whichare relevant to your programme
  • Collect positive, persuasive positive recommendation letters
  • Do related online trainings and get certifications
  • If there are non-academic circumstances which may have impacted your performance, you can clarify so in your essay and specify what you have done to overcome those circumstances.

Disclaimer:  This post only gives you a rough idea about the evaluation of an admission portfolio. The priorities/significances will differ based on the College/University, the Masters’ programme, and several other aspects depending on the University.

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