SRAR is short for Self-Reported Academic Record, an initiative to ultimately have all future undergraduate applicants to the University submit their high school record as part of the application process, rather than having the school counselors send transcripts for each applicant.
Self Reported Academic Record for International Applicants
All international first-year applicants to Penn State must submit the following as part of a complete application:
- Your Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) from your last three years of work, plus your in-progress courses for the current academic year;
- Your official standardized test scores (SAT or ACT) directly from the testing service;
- Proof of English language proficiency (if your native language is not English);
- Your completed web application, through either the MyPennState webpage or the Common Application.
Please note that the SRAR must be completed through the MyPennState portal. Any self-reported coursework entered within the Common App will not be used by Penn State in our review process. Students applying through Common App will not have access to the MyPennState SRAR until after they’ve submitted their Common App, and should not create a MyPennState account on their own. Penn State will be creating this account for students and any MyPennState account created by a student will result in a delay in the processing of the application.
- All first-year applicants are required to submit the SRAR, except students studying in the South Korean educational system. Students in a South Korean educational system must submit official transcripts from their last three years of work before we will consider their application complete.
International Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) Examples
Examples and international transcripts and how to enter the transcript information into the Self-reported Academic Record (SRAR)
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Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) Tutorial
Below is a step by step tutorial, with tips, on how to complete your SRAR for Penn State.
Entering your Academic Record Information
- Log in to MyPennState and click on the blue "Self-Reported Academic Record" button. After reading the SRAR instructions, click the "Continue to Complete SRAR" button at the bottom of the page. This will take you to your SRAR.
- Once you're in your SRAR, scroll to the bottom of the page and click the "Begin" button.
- Enter your high school information.
How to Enter Your Courses
- It is important that you report grades exactly as they appear on your high school transcripts/mark sheets/results certificates. If your grades are not reported accurately, your offer of admission may be revoked. In order to accurately report your coursework, you must have a copy of your high school transcripts/mark sheets/results certificates on hand when entering coursework.
- In the Enter Coursework section, click on the pencil icon to begin entering course information for each academic year.
- If you have taken any algebra or higher-level math courses or world languages prior to the equivalent of a US 9th grade, please indicate those courses on your SRAR under the middle school section. Select either Pass or Fail as your grade. Do not enter any additional courses; only enter math and language courses.
- If you've attended multiple high schools in more than one country, enter your grades exactly as they appear on the transcript of the school where you completed those courses. Do not enter courses from another country as they have been interpreted on your current transcript/score report.
- Select the educational system/curriculum that best represents your area of study for that academic year. This may be different than what you selected earlier. Reminder: this is listed by geographic region of the world, NOT country.
- Do not change your letter/alpha grades to numbers. Do not change your numeric grades to letter/alpha grades.
- For the first course listed on your transcript for that year, select the appropriate Subject Area, Course/Exam Content, Course/Exam Name, Proficiency Level, Course Length, Grade/Score, and Maximum/Highest Grade. Hover above the question marks next to each column header for help/tips.
- If you are in an exam-based curriculum (example: IGCSE/GCE, India’s CBSE), please select “external exam” in the Course Length column. If you select “external exam”, you will need to enter the exam date.
- You must report ALL courses on your SRAR. This includes courses which you did not pass and courses which you repeated.
How to enter your grades/scores
- If you are a high school senior, choose "In Progress" for scheduled or in-progress 12th grade courses. If you have already completed a 12th grade course and received a final grade, please indicate the grade that you received.
- Do NOT apply weight to your grades.
- Do NOT add +/- to your grades if they are not on your transcript.
- Do NOT convert your grades into another format than what appears on your transcript. (i.e. numbers to letters)
- Do NOT average your grades.
- In the Enter Exams section, enter your SAT/ACT score information. Do not combine scores from multiple sittings.
- Test scores submitted through SRAR are NOT considered official. You must submit your official exam scores from College Board or ACT to satisfy our SAT/ACT requirement.
- First-year applicants currently in high school or those who have graduated from high school five or fewer years ago should arrange for SAT or ACT scores to be sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions from the appropriate testing agency (SAT code #2660 or ACT code #3656).
- To have SAT scores sent, visit www.collegeboard.org
- To have ACT scores sent, visit www.act.org
- Test scores are waived for those applicants who have been out of high school five or more years or veterans who have served active duty in the military.
- You may self-report other types of exam scores (TOEFL, Advanced Placement, IELTS), but these are also not considered official and will not be used to satisfy any application requirements.
- After entering all your coursework, proceed to the Review/Submit section.
- If you see a warning message at the top of the page or see red warning text throughout your coursework, this means you missed something. Please review the warning and fix any issues. You cannot submit your SRAR until you do not see any warning messages.
- Once you have fixed all issues and have reviewed your record, click "Submit" at the bottom of the page.
- After submitting your SRAR, please allow up to 12 hours for it to be acknowledged on your Application Checklist in your MyPennState portal. You will be contacted via email if Penn State has any questions about your SRAR. If you wish to make edits to your SRAR after it is submitted, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.