I have seen many students applying to Graduate schools for MS or MBA in USA posting questions about their profiles about 10th and inter or 11th &12th Class or Standards percentages and asking questions like :
- I have 95% in inter or 11th and 12th grades, will I get admission
- I have 90% in 10th grade, will I get scholarship ? Admission ?
- I have only 65% in 10th and Intermediate, will I get admission ?
High School or Secondary Education in USA
Just some background of secondary education system in United States : “In the United States a high school is an upper secondary school which educates children from grade nine or ten through grade twelve”. ( Grade is nothing but a class ) Wiki Article: Secondary education in United States Anyways, the point is 10th, 11th and 12th classes are considered high school or secondary education.
Graduate School Transcript Requirements for MS/MBA Admission
If you look at any University admissions requirements for MS or MBA i.e., graduate school , the transcript requirements will say one very common thing “Official transcripts are required from each post-secondary university or college attended. An official statement of the award of the degree or diploma is required for each degree completed. ” What they mean is, they want transcripts for only B.Tech or B.Com or anything that you have done AFTER 12th class or intermediate. They need transcripts only for the classes after High School or Secondary education. The Graduate Schools do NOT NEED 10th, 11th and 12th class mark sheets, because most of the schools do NOT Give any weightage or importance to that percentages for admission decision of MS or MBA . There is one catch, if you have got any University credit in your bachelors for the classes that you have taken in high school, then they need the high school transcripts. You can see this explained in Ohio State Univ Transcript FAQ
You can check few of the Universities’ Graduate school application requirements below, look for transcripts section and they all should say Post-secondary :
- Graduate School – Vanderbilt University – Application Transcripts Requirements
- Graduate School – Univ of Illinois – Urbana Champaign Transcripts
- Rutgers State Univ of New Jersey- Transcripts
- TAMU – College Station – Required Transcripts for Graduate
Think logically, if they do NOT want your official mark sheets or transcripts or they are not even asking you to send any copies of the high school or secondary education mark sheets, they probably do not use them for anything. If they make any admission or scholarship decision based on your high school marks then they will ask. Some may argue, I will send them anyways just in case they may look at them. Sending them will not hurt, but the key thing is, your admission or scholarship decision may not be based on them.