Featured add-on: Scoring tool

No two universities are the same. Sure, they may offer similar programs of study or be located in the same city, but each has unique and special characteristics which defines their ethos and inform the decisions for the students they accept. As each educational institution differs, so, too, does the measurements on which they resolve their admission decisions. Whether it’s a single person or a department-wide process, some type of review is employed to ensure the merits of respective applicants.

For quite some time, DreamApply has been bringing simplicity to the process with the Scoring add-on. Centred around customizable scoresheets, this tool allows the individual(s) responsible for selection to assign a value to each candidate based on their performance or attributes for specific criteria related to the respective, admission process.

For example, at Sample University, there is a panel determining which of the potential students are admitted. The panel finalises their selections via four, different standards: A short, Skype Interview with one of the panel members (or, if they’re a savvy, DreamApply partner, a Video Interview); A review by the Department of the interests and focuses of the candidate and how they align with the department’s vision and mission; A consideration of the previous education of the applicant and whether it is an adequate precursor to pursuing further learning with the department; and the proficiency within the language of instruction and study, in this case, English.

The platform provides a specific page which offers a quick overview of the respective candidate’s progress in regard to the four metrics. A downloadable, excel file can be generated which places the results for each student with their respective information.  

To further simplify this process, DreamApply employs a scoring aggregation rule which provides the sum of total points for each of the measurable sections.

To continue with our previous example, Candidate X and Candidate Y are applying to Sample University. Sample University, employing the aforementioned metrics, is scoring their applicants on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being best. Candidate X scores poorly in the Skype Interview, receiving a 4 but has worked with a renowned figure in the field, reaping a 10 for Previous Education. Additionally, they wrote a noteworthy, personal statement pertaining to their reason for study, obtaining an 8 for Department Review and English is their mother tongue thus inducing a 10 in English Proficiency. The aggregation rule will give Candidate X an immediate score of 32, with a mean of 8.

Conversely, Candidate Y was above average in their Skype Interview, obtaining an 8, but graduated with average marks from an underwhelming program, which garners them a 5 for Previous Education. They, too, have a very strong, personal statement, receiving an 8 for Department Review, but English is their second language so while they score highly in it, they’re below the standard of a native speaker, resulting in an 8 for English Proficiency. The aggregation rule will give Candidate Y an immediate score of 29, with a mean of 7.25.

Instead of the panel having to discuss the merits of each candidate or being swayed by a stronger interview, the scoring aggregation tool can render an immediate, concise verdict. The system will generate the result of Candidate X being rated higher than Candidate Y, based on Sample University’s self-identified criteria.

Scoring, in itself, is a vital tool to save time and effort in the processing space, as well eliminating influence of non-attributable factors (i.e. personal preference) into the process. However, Scoring isn’t the only tool DreamApply employs to increase the efficiency of the evaluation process. To further augment the impact of Scoring, DreamApply also has a Ranking add-on.

Once more, to revisit our example with Sample University. Once Candidate X and Candidate Y had their scores finalized in the system by the evaluators, the aggregation tool then produced its results. From these results, the Ranking add-on would then automatically populate their position with respect to the aggregated scores of other applicants. The system will further detail the individual metric score in detail for other users outside the evaluation team if there is any discrepancy or follow-up with an individual or team is required.

These add-ons are more than time-savers, but the next step in evolving the admission decision-making process to being more transparent and easily duplicated.


Sounds interesting. How can we try it out? Great! Just drop us an e-mail at [email protected] and we’ll get back to you and arrange a demo and/or trial period.  

What does “add-on” mean?  DreamApply is modular, consisting of the main student application management system and a number of optional add-ons that can be used to add additional functionality, such as scoring system, AI-powered document recognition functionality, etc. Add-ons are larger extra functionalities that can be enabled in DreamApply and, from time to time, we’re developing more of them, in addition to monthly rolling out updates and improvements to the main system as well.

How much is it going to cost?  Rest assured we work continuously to find more efficient ways to keep prices low for you. Currently, during an initial period, you can subscribe to a custom plan built around your specifics organization as well as admission process.