Your profile evaluation is the customary question in every discussion forums related to studying in Canada. It is really natural to be nervous about your chances of getting an admission. There is no ‘precise’ technique for analysing a student’s profile. No one can accurately determine how the profile will fare against all the other competitive ones. Although the profile evaluation is hard to generalise, we have given a brief analysis of each criterion considered during admission and have tried to come up with a simple, general evaluation. We believe this might help anyone who needs a preliminary idea.
Table of contents
1. Bachelor's percentage or GPA
This is easily the most significant criterion for your admission. Your GPAs holds a vital priority in getting your application chosen.
2. Work Experience
If you have any work experience related to your programme, it certainly adds up. Not only is it an icing to the cake for your university admission, but it also helps in getting you part-time employment. Also, finding a job after your postgraduation is much more comfortable. (That being said, students applying directly after their bachelor’s degree have their own advantages too!)
3. Statement of Purpose (SOP)
Your SOP is your tale. Your inspiration, your enthusiasm, your interests, your ideologies, your future plans, can all be expressed in your own story. In many cases, an effective SOP will quickly put you ahead of your competitors. In our opinion, this is the third most important document in your application.
4. Letter of Recommendations (LOR)
LORs are highly valued and respected. They give an idea about the individual you are to work with and your individuality in the point of view of a third person. If possible, arrange for your LORs from people in high positions in your organisation.
5. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Your CV is a display of all your academic & professional successes; thus, you must craft it well. It portrays how professional you are in maintaining your documents and present yourself in a concise, impressive way. This is generally the only submission that’s scanned well in the first phase of the selection. So it does have a vital role in your application.
6. IELTS / TOEFL
These are exams testing your English language proficiency. It is just another eligibility criterion for a Masters programme (and the Study Permit as well).
The GRE Exam is considered another significant factor affecting your application. It displays your aptitude and examines the potential of the candidates applying at the institution. It tests a student’s fundamental skills
8. Internships, Workshops and Extracurricular Activities
Any relevant extracurricular activities will be adding on to your profile strength. Apprenticeships/traineeships will give a good look on you as a candidate. They are great fillers for any study gaps you have taken/for the summer holidays. Workshops & student clubs indicate that you are a proactive participant, and are an enthusiast in a variety of activities/events. Reinforce your application with these experiences because they will be valued.
9. Research Papers, Patents
If you have published any conference paper or journal, it is going to add significant credibility to your application. These are the main indicators of your ability to perform/handle important tasks. It acts as a brownie point to the profile.
10. Class X, Class XII grades
Your Grade X and Grade XII marks, combined with your recent GPA, show your consistency in your academic contributions. If it shows a positive increasing trend, it is a good point for you.
If a student has any backlogs while studying, they are likely to have a lower GPA, which can affect their profile. However, if you have a good GPA even though you have had a few backlogs, you can simply defend it with explanations in your Admission Essay/SOP. If the overall profile has a positive outlook, backlogs might be ignored.
How to evaluate?
|Criterion||Relative Importance ( % )||My Profile Evaluation|
|Bachelor's GPA (min. 60%)|
|Work Experience (2-4 years)|
|Class X, XII GRE IELTS GATE German language|
|Internships Workshops Research papers Extracurricular activities|
Interpretation of the result
|Profile evaluation score||Chances of admit (in general)|
|85 – 100||Very high|
|75 – 85||High|
|65 – 75||Moderate|
|60 – 65||Low|
|50 – 60||Very low|
Why is Bachelor's grade so important?
Every year, Universities receive hundreds of admission applications from all around the world, having varied profiles and strengths of all the students interested. All these profiles have different grading systems, and assessing all the profiles on a common ground would be a tedious task. Thus, the Undergraduate GPA is highly persuasive in deciding your admit at the University. Although this is not reasonable, they have a tendency to value a portfolio 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.