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Glossary Of UNEDasiss Terms

1) UNEDasiss Accreditation:

A digital certification that permits international student to participate in the admission process for study at most of the universities in Spain. Once the student’s accreditation request has been granted, this certificate shall be available to the universities through the UNEDasiss digital platform.

2) Admission criteria:

The set of regulations and requirements that universities establish for the selection of students in their distinct degree programs. The admission criteria may include documents to be presented, tests to be taken, periods to be complied with, formulas for cut-off grade calculations, etc.

3) Admission procedure:

The request system to be complied with by students in order to be admitted to specific studies in a university. It should include the admission criteria that the student must comply with in order to be admitted to the requested degree program.

4) Admission Score:

One of the services that the student may request for inclusion in their accreditation and that will grant them a note with a minimum score of 5 and a maximum of 10 points and that may be used by universities in their admission procedure.

5) Academic Transcript:

The official document including the academic transcript of the student and the scores obtained in the distinct courses and tests for each course year.

6) Bachillerato:

The name given to the two last years of secondary school study in Spain, prior to the university, and the name of the degree that is obtained upon completion of the same. Other similar names are: Bachelor, Matura, Baccalauréat, High School Diploma, GCE, Leaving Certificate, etc.

7) Bachillerato mode:

The inclusion in the UNEDasiss accreditation of the specific course of study of the student in their education system (for EU students) or that have passed certain courses of the PCE that make up a mode in Spain.

8) Certification:

Consists of verification and certification of a copy of a document by an authorized organism (public organisms, notary publics, consulates, etc.), such that there is guaranteed agreement of the copy with the original.

9) Convening:

Each period of time during which certain activities may be carried out. For example, the UNEDasiss convening is the period in which accreditations may be requested. Convening of the PCE includes the period in which they may request the tests to be taken on specific dates. Finally, the convening of admission is established by the universities and is the period when students should make their pre-registration requests.

10) Course of study:

The set of courses that a student should accredit or pass in order to obtain a Baccalaureate mode.

11) CRUE:

CRUE Universidades Españolas is a non-profit association made up of a total of 76 Spanish universities: 50 public and 26 private. CRUE is the main intermediary between the universities and the government, as well as the debating and decision making organism for the universities ascribed to the same.

12) Cut-off score

The score of the last student admitted in a certain degree. Cut-off scores from prior years offer information on the score that the university may demand for access to a specific degree. The final grade that determines this score is established by the destination university according to their admission criteria and here, they may take into consideration the score granted by UNEDasiss and the PCE taken or courses that have been recognized, as well as other elements to be assessed by the university.

13) EBAU:

The acronym standing for Evaluation of Baccalaureate for university admission and the test to be taken by Spanish Baccalaureate students who wish to access university studies.

14) Education system:

The set of courses, classes, learning and assessment methods leading to the obtaining of a degree in secondary studies. As a general rule, each country has its own education system, although there are countries with distinct education systems and there are transnational education systems such as the International Baccalaureate or the European Schools.

15) External exam

An exam or other type of test that is assessed by agents that are external to the centre in which the student studies. They tend to be official tests that all students of a same region take prior to obtaining their degrees or in order to access university studies.

16) Destination University:

The Spanish university or universities, both public and private, where the student wishes to initiate their degree studies.

17) Homologation:

The process by which Spanish authorities grant a general equalization of the pre-university studies provided and the Spanish baccalaureate studies. Obtaining this homologation is a mandatory requirement for students from outside of the EU or from countries that do not have a specific agreement regarding admission to Spanish universities.

18) Informative Document:

The document that may be accessed by the student who has requested UNEDasiss accreditation, once their request has been granted. This document includes the same information as the UNEDasiss accreditation but it is of a strictly informative value for the student. Universities directly access the digital documents that contain the accreditation through the UNEDasiss platform.

19) Mean High School Grade:

A grade that is calculated using as a base, the grades from the courses taken or tests completed by the student in their education system and to which the formulas approved by the Spanish authorities are applied so as to offer a score on a scale of 5 to 10 points, as used in Spain.

20) PCE (Specific Competency Tests):

The exams organized by the UNED for international students who wish to request admission to Spanish university studies. The PCE assess the competencies and knowledge demanded of students who complete the last year of secondary studies in Spain (2nd year of Baccalaureate studies).

21) Provisional Accreditation:

The document that UNEDasiss issues when the documentation provided by the student is not of a definitive nature. There are two cases in which this type of accreditation is issued:

• For students requiring homologation of their Baccalaureate studies, when they are processing said homologation.
• For students in education systems in the United Kingdom, Scotland or Ireland, when the scores provided are of a predictive nature and are not definitive.

22) Recognition of subjects:

Recognition of subjects consists of the inclusion of subjects or tests taken in the home education system in the UNEDasiss Accreditation for their assessment by the Spanish universities according to their admission procedures. For this recognition to take place, first, examination of the program of the subject in the home education system is required, in order to establish whether or not it is equivalent to a subject taught in the second year of Baccalaureate studies in Spain.