Common document forensic features and tools to spot them

Educational documents are valuable credentials. Academic institutions invest in ways to protect them from being forged by incorporating security features into the document. Learning what security features are available and keeping a record of the feature

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Tips for building document verification expertise

Besides forensic features on paper documents, there are several red flags that may give away a potential fraud. When we talk about red flags, we don’t mean that the flags themselves prove the document is fake. It’s merely a piece of information that shou

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What's the difference between translation, evaluation, and verification?

It is not unusual for a prospective applicant to ask a credential evaluator to “translate” their credentials. What they mean is really to “evaluate” the credential, though the confusion between the two concepts is quite understandable. First, the applica

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Coronavirus and Credential Evaluation: Challenges and Opportunities

As a credential evaluator, I was trained to be sensitive to social and political forces that may affect education. We know that all sorts of issues, from natural disasters to wars, can have ramifications on schools and schooling. I’m sure we can all come

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In a test-optional world, when does international admissions become an educated guess?

Standardized testing is not for everyone I don’t remember taking the SAT. That memory is buried deep, deep down with other stressful childhood experiences like skinned knees, flushed goldfish, and pretty much all of eighth grade. All of it. So imagine my

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