10 The sample transcript on the following page will give you an idea of what a high school transcript might look like. High School Transcript A transcript is a document detailing a student’s academic achievement. Although the information included on a transcript varies from school to school, high school transcripts often contain the following information: u Grades and credits for each course completed, beginning with grade 9 u Attendance records u Current cumulative GPA and class rank u Anticipated graduation date u State graduation test scores u College test scores (PSAT/NMSQT, ACT, SAT) An official transcript has a signature, stamp, or seal verifying its authen- ticity. An unofficial transcript is exactly the same as an official transcript, except that it has no signature, stamp, or seal. Students can usually get an unofficial transcript (to check credits or to take on a college visit) by going to their guidance office. Transcripts are used whenever a school, organization, or college needs an official copy of a student’s academic record. For example, if a high school student transfers to a different school, the student’s new high school will ask his/her previous school to send them an official transcript. Colleges need to see an applicant’s high school record in order to determine whether or not the student meets their admissions requirements. All colleges, therefore, require that a transcript be submitted with the student’s application for admission. A transcript is also generally required when a student applies for a scholarship.