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1. How do I apply for a Statement of Comparability or English Language Assessment?
Detailed information on our Services and Prices and the various steps on
how to apply can be found in the
Please submit a covering letter, with all your contact details, and a photocopy
of all your academic documentation, including your final transcripts and final certificate
to UK NARIC. Please also submit the relevant payment; if you are paying by cheque
or postal order please make this payable to ECCTIS Ltd.
2. What is the difference between a Statement of Comparability and English Language
The UK NARIC
Statement of Comparability is an officially recognised document that
confirms the recognition of an overseas qualification and its comparable level in
the UK, irrespective of it being an academic, vocational or professional award.
It does not contain any information on the medium of instruction.
The English Language Assessment assesses whether an individual's English language
proficiency is equivalent to CEFR level C1, based on completion of an English language
test or academic qualifications taught in English. This service comments only on
English proficiency and does not include information on the comparable level of
3. How do I apply for the Fast Track Service?
UK NARIC can offer a Fast Track Service for the Statement of Comparability only.
This is a premium service for individuals or companies who require UK NARIC to provide
a statement in a maximum of 48 hours.
We require the following in order to process your enquiry;
- a photocopy/scanned copy of your certificate(s) together with final transcript(s)
- a covering letter/note with your contact details, stating that you wish to apply
for the Fast Track Service
- a photocopy/scanned copy of a certified translation in English if necessary (for
languages which form part of the Translation Waiver Scheme service this is not required)
You can apply for this service by sending your application to the following email
Alternatively you can send your application by post or fax.
Should you choose one of those two options, please send your application by post
Or by fax to:
+44 (0)871 330 7005
On receipt of these documents, they will be checked by an Information Officer, and
we will contact you within 24 working hours to inform you if we are able to proceed.
If we can, then the payment will be requested. Please note that the service time
will start from when the payment is received, and does not include the postal delivery
4. How many qualifications can I submit?
A Statement of Comparability can contain several qualifications and you may submit
as many relevant, completed qualifications as you hold as part of one application.
UK NARIC charges per Statement, not per qualification.
5. How much does it cost and how long does it take?
For a full list of services and prices, along with estimated completion times please
see Services and Prices.
If you have already made an application to UK NARIC, you can track your enquiry
6. I do not want to pay online, what are the other payment options?
a. Payment by Phone:
Please contact UK NARIC on (0044) (0)871 330 7033 between 9am and 5pm (UK time)
Monday to Friday and supply your credit / debit card details over the phone to one of our
Information Advisors. Please ensure you have already submitted your documentation
to us, and allowed 24 working hours if faxing your documents, or sufficient postage
b. Payment by Post:
Cheque or postal order - Please make your cheque or postal order payable to ECCTIS
c. Credit / debit card payment:
You may wish to supply your credit / debit card details by post
Card type: e.g.: visa / master card / amex
Long card number on front of card:
Valid from date:
Last 3 digits on the back of the card (last 4 for AMEX):
Persons name as spelt on front of the card:
Address that the card is registered to:
Amount you wish us to deduct:
7. What documents should I send?
For the Statement of Comparability you need to submit a photocopy of your
final certificate / diploma and transcripts (mark sheets) for each qualification
you wish to have assessed.
For the English Language Assessment you need to submit a photocopy of your
final certificate / diploma, transcripts (mark sheets), and a letter from the institution
where you studied, confirming that your qualification was taught in English. If
these are not in English, you will also need to submit a photocopy of a certified
For the Career Path Report you need to submit a photocopy of your final certificate
/ diploma and transcripts (mark sheets). If these are not in English, you will also
need to submit a photocopy of a certified English translation. Please note we do
not accept original documentation.
8. What is a final certificate?
The final certificate tends to be an elaborate document awarded by your institution
or a relevant authority and is presented to you, usually at a graduation ceremony,
following the completion of your course.
9. What is a certified translation?
If your documents are not in English, and you do not wish to, or are not eligible
to, use our Translation Waiver Scheme, you will need to submit a photocopy of a
certified English translation of your documents. A certified translation must be
completed by a qualified translator. They would need to sign or stamp the translation
and add a declaration to state that they have completed a true and accurate translation
of the original document.
Please note that if you apply for the Statement of Comparability with Translation
Waiver Scheme you will NOT receive an English translation of the documentation submitted.
10. Can I email the required documents?
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept documents submitted by email for the Statement
of Comparability and the English Language Assessment. Please post or fax a photocopy
of all the required documentation. Our address is:
Our fax numbers are:
+44 (0)871 330 7005
+44 (0)1242 258611
If you are applying for the Fast Track Service you can send your application via
email to the following email address: email@example.com
11. I have changed my name. Do I need to send proof of the name change?
If your surname has changed through marriage then it is not necessary to submit
a copy of your marriage certificate to demonstrate the change of name. Please make
your application to UK NARIC using your married name, and submit your documentation
in your maiden name.
If your name has changed for any other reason, please submit a copy of the document,
for example a deed poll, which shows this change of name.
12. How will I receive my assessment?
UK NARIC offer the following postage options:
- First class post £1.50
- Royal Mail Signed For™ £3.50
- Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed™ £8.00
- Standard Airmail £3.50
- International Signed For™ £8.00
- DHL Courier Service £70.00
These will be available for you to select during the check-out process.
13. How can I add qualifications to my assessment? Do I have to pay more fees?
If you submit additional qualification(s) within three months of the initial completion of your assessment, we will charge £12.00 + VAT* (£14.40) plus your chosen delivery fee to add these to your Statement of Comparability, provided they have been issued in English, or you are going to enclose a certified English translation when submitting the new qualification(s). Certified English translations are not required where you have previously paid for the Statement of Comparability with Translation Waiver Scheme.
If your request is received three months after the original assessment has been sent, you will need to submit a photocopy of the relevant qualification(s) to UK NARIC, with the appropriate fee. If the documentation is in English, or you are also submitting a photocopy of a certified English translation, then the required fee is £46.00 + VAT* (£55.20) plus your chosen delivery fee. If the documentation is in one of the languages included in our Translation Waiver Scheme then the required fee is £76.00 + VAT* (£91.20) plus your chosen delivery fee.
Please submit the required documentation to UK NARIC either by post or fax, stating
your enquiry number and which service you now require.
Payment can be made either by cheque or postal order, made payable to ECCTIS LIMITED,
when submitting the documentation or by telephone using a credit or debit card once
all the required documentation has been submitted.
*If you are applying from an address outside of the EU, you are not required to pay VAT.
14. What is the Certificate of Comparability?
This is an additional document which confers no greater authority than the Statement
of Comparability already received. Nor does it contain any additional information.
It is the same information, in a different format that is designed solely for framing
and displaying should you wish to do so. Please note that each Certificate can only
contain one qualification and any additional information that is included on your
Statement of Comparability will not be included on the Certificate.
15. My employer is asking for NVQ information to be included in my UK NARIC Statement of Comparability. What is this, and can it be added?
NVQ’s are National Vocational Qualifications. They are awarded at levels from 1 to 5 and are placed on the National Qualification Framework alongside vocational and academic awards. NVQ’s reflect the skills and competencies somebody has within a given profession, usually as a result of on the job training and assessment. Very often, in order to help a potential employer to understand how much autonomy or skill a potential employee has, they will ask for the comparable level in terms of NVQ’s. If UK NARIC cannot directly compare your award to an NVQ level, we may be able to include additional information to give a broad assessment of NVQ comparability. Should you require NVQ information, please advise us of this in your covering letter. Please note that this information, if requested within three months of the assessment being issued, will incur a fee of £12.00 + VAT* (£14.40) plus your chosen delivery charge. If your request is received three months after the original assessment has been sent, then the required fee will be £46.00 + VAT* (£55.20) plus your chosen delivery charge.
*If you are applying from an address outside of the EU, you are not required to pay VAT.
16. Will I be able to speak to someone in my language?
Please note that if you apply for our
Translation Waiver Scheme there is no guarantee that you will be able to speak to someone in your language about your application. The same also applies to any other queries you may have.
17. Is UK NARIC’s decision final?
The comparability advice provided by UK NARIC is an expert opinion derived from our considerable knowledge and experience which has been developed in close co-operation with education authorities worldwide and the stakeholders in the UK. It is advisory in nature. It is not, as is often mistaken, a legally binding decision. The decision is at the discretion of the admitting institution and/or the employer.