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The High School Transcript

A document that details the student’s academic achievement is the transcript. The appearance may vary from school to school but the information is essentially the same. High school transcripts generally contain:

Courses, grades and credits for each grade completed
Cumulative GPA
Class rank
Anticipated graduation date
Test scores such as PLAN, PSAT, SAT and ACT scores.

The transcript gives admissions and scholarship committees the detailed data the need in an objective format. All colleges and universities request that an official transcript be submitted with the application. Unless they are digitally transferred, an official transcript has a signature, stamp or seal verifying authenticity.

An unofficial transcript contains the same information except it is not authenticated by a stamp, signature or seal. You can usually get an unofficial transcript for your personal use simply by requesting it from your high school guidance or counselling center.

In addition to the student profile in the transcript, some schools will send a school profile with the student transcript. The school profile simply contains information about the high school the student attends and the community.

© 2013 Roger D. Chamberlain

Roger Chamberlain
Roger Chamberlain works for a university helping low income and under represented high school students prepare for and be successful in college.
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