Evaluation Guidelines

Founded in 1981, International Education Evaluations, Inc. (IEE) provides quality evaluation and assessment services for foreign academic and vocational credentials. IEE evaluations are based on the judgment of experienced international credential evaluators who have access to IEE’s extensive database physical and electronic research resources. We are members of NACES, NAFSA, AACRAO, and TAICEP. Our evaluations reflect the current policies and standards within the international and comparative education industry as of the date of this evaluation.

Non-binding Nature of Evaluations

IEE evaluations and assessments are advisory in nature and are in no way binding on any institution, agency, or organization, each of which has the authority to make its own decision regarding the educational credentials, grades, and credits described in IEE’s evaluation reports.

Types of Evaluations

IEE offers several types of evaluations. A Document Report states the academic or vocational equivalency of the foreign credential. The Course Report states the equivalency of the foreign credential, as well as the equivalent credits, grades, and GPA from the foreign transcript. Upgrades for Course Reports include the Divisional Course Report (which specifies upper-division from lower-division coursework in academic undergraduate programs), as well as various licensure options which list the subjects studied in categories and may include additional information about access to the profession in certain fields. IEE evaluations are based on official records unless otherwise noted in the report itself.


On IEE’s Course Reports, high school credits are reported in Carnegie Units, with 6-8 units generally representing one year of full-time study. For postsecondary credits, IEE uses the US four-year bachelor’s degree, requiring between 120-144 credits, as its benchmark. Postsecondary credits are reported in semester hours, with 30 to 36 semester hours representing one year of full-time study. IEE’s reports are not legally binding, and each educational institution can interpret and apply the credits given in our report according to their own institutional policies.


Foreign grades are converted to the US four-point letter scale (A, B, C, D, F). In some cases, plus (+) and minus (-) grades are used in the converted scale. The number of grade points assigned to each grade is as follows:

Letter Grade Points Letter Grade Points Letter Grade Points
A+ 4.00 A 4.00 A- 3.67
B+ 3.33 B 3.00 B- 2.67
C+ 2.33 C 3.00 C- 1.67
D+ 1.33 D 1.00 D- 0.67
F 0
Grade Point Average (GPA)

The total number of grade points are calculated by multiplying the point value of each course by the credit value of that same course. The GPA is then calculated by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the number of credits attempted. Grades of Pass, AU (Audit), TR (Transfer), W (Withdrawn), EX (Exempted), IP (In Progress), and IC (Incomplete) are not included in a GPA calculation.

  • 3 credits with a grade of A (4.0) = 3 x 4 = 12 grade points
  • 6 credits with a grade of B (3.0) = 6 x 3 = 18 grade points
  • 2 credits with a grade of C (2.0) = 2 x 2 = 4 grade points
  • 3 credits with a grade of D (1.0) = 3 x 1 = 3 grade points
  • Total number of grade points = 12 + 18 + 4 + 3 = 37
  • Total credits attempted = 3 + 6 + 2 + 3 = 14
  • Divide the total number of grade points earned by the number of credits attempted: 37 / 14 = 2.64
Extra Copies

You may order an extra copy of your report at www.myiee.org. If your evaluation is older than 1 year a revision fee may apply. If your evaluation is older than 5 years, you must reapply for evaluation.

Documentation Requirements

These vary by country and IEE reserves the right to request additional official/original academic records or to request verification of document authenticity, should it be deemed necessary. IEE reserves the right to refuse service if appropriate documentation is not provided.

MYIEE Institution Portal

If you are an institution of higher education, a licensing agency, an employer, or another organization receiving multiple evaluations, please consider setting up an account at no cost for your institution to receive electronic delivery of future reports from IEE at https://access.myiee.org.


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