Some seniors will find that college applications are asking the student to fill in a form with details of all of the courses they have taken and will take over 4 years of high school, including the final grade. According to one admissions office, this is because while high school transcripts have pretty much the same information the format is different on each one. Figuring out the location of the material the admission officer is hunting is time consuming. Students are asked to use the form so information is presented in a standardized manner making comparisons among applications much easier.
Now is the time to take a look at the applications you will be using to see if any prefer SRAR. Another avenue to get this information is to email your admissions rep at each college and ask about self reporting grades and scores.
If at least one college uses this form, check online to see if your entire high school transcript is available to you. Should only the last year’s curriculum and grades appear, contact guidance for an unofficial copy of your entire history. Perhaps in 8th grade you took Algebra I or a year of foreign language that counts toward fulfilling a foreign language requirement; you may need to access your 8th grade record, too.
Once you have the transcript in front of you, make notes. Start with 9th grade and write down your courses, final grade and a description of what the course covered. If your high school has an electronic course book from which you choose your classes, consult this tool to help with course descriptions. Avoid guessing.
Why should you do this now? The SRAR is a convenience for the admissions office and a nuisance for students. Filling out the form is time consuming. Do it now as the school year winds down and you have fewer pressing assignments so that when you are ready to apply you won’t need to invest a couple of hours tracking down the information.
Be assured that if you are accepted you will be required to submit official test scores and an official transcript from each high school you have attended.