Verification of Results and Certified True Copy of Certificate: What’s the Difference, Their Uses, and How Do they Get Processed in OAU and UI?
Everyone knows exactly what document they want from their school—which is good, but sometimes, an excessive level of this assurance often causes a lot of problems for agents like us working on academic documents for alumni of Nigerian schools; it gets even more tedious when we encounter the client who just wants to stick to their understanding of what their travel agent or PR told them, or what they think the abroad institution they are applying to is asking them to provide. But then, it is a fact that people like us who have been doing the same thing for different people at different levels over a couple of years are likely to have a big well of experiences from which they could give a better or more information from, and while some clients make it easy for us to enlighten them, some just get really dogmatic and become impossible to educate—which, by the way, often leads them to having to spend more or having to wait for longer time for them to have what they want. An instance of this is when you inform a client who studied English Language as a course in school that they do not need to write any international English test like IELTS, GRE or TOEFL if they are seeking admission to an English-speaking country/school that requires that they have the good knowledge of English Language but then they insist that their abroad school they are seeking admission to requires every applicant to write an international English test. It’s also the same case as when you tell a person whose qualification they have at hand was taught in English Language that they do not need to write an international English test, they only need to get a Proof of Proficiency in English Language from their school and they would have a waiver on any international English test, but then, the client who know too much just wants to stick to what they know. As this drama happens with international English test and Proof of Proficiency in English Language, so does it with verification of results and certified true copy of a certificate?
Let me make this clear in one sentence that verification of results is not the same as certified true copy of certificate, and they do not do the same thing when it comes to seeking employment, admission or scholarship; while verification of results means that an institution has sent your academic transcripts to your school you got the qualification from, asking your school to verify that your transcripts were indeed sent by them, and that your results in the transcripts are correct, a certified true copy of your certificate would mean that an institution or a body is asking your school to confirm the genuineness of your certificate. Using the standard and modus operandi of OAU and UI, Verification of results is initiated by your requesting institution by sending a request for verification to your school, you pay some money to your school, do some leg works (or have someone do these for you), and your school replies to the request by verifying that your transcripts are genuine and the results in them are correct. Using the standard and modus operandi of OAU and UI, a certified true copy of your certificate is produced by your school’s Exams and Records stamping and signing a coloured copy of your certificate and sending it to the requesting body; this would mean to the requesting body that your school has confirmed to them that your certificate is genuine.
This information should be able to tell already that these two documents are not the same—as one is about your transcripts and the other about your certificate, and they don’t do the same thing as a lot of clients confuse their uses with each other. So when we have a client who—by what they are describing—sounds like what they need is a certified true copy of their certificate but they are insisting that what they need is verification of results, or when we have a client who—by what they are describing—sounds like what they need is a verification of their transcripts but they are insisting that what they need is a certified true copy, what we would resort to is the “do you” strategy; we help them get what they say they want and wait for when their requesting institution would send them back to their school to collect the right document required, and when they come back to us now sober and ready to listen, we let them know we been knew they were wrong. The purpose of this publication is not only to enlighten the readers on the differences between verification of results and a certified true copy, and the differences in the processes of producing these documents, but also to let potential clients needing these documents know that they must be flexible enough to want to listen to the agents they are contacting to help them process these documents from their schools, as these agents often know better and more than the information they may have gotten from anyone else. We came in peace, and only to enlighten and serve if you need services relating to these.
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