APEL-T7: Step-by-Step process to obtain a Master’s degreeYun Ting
The general steps
APEL-T7, or Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning for Master’s programmes is a programme that enables people who have not had any prior official tertiary level qualification to gain access into Master’s degree programmes. There are however a few preliminary conditions that have to be met before one could consider applying via APEL-T7. The first condition is that applicants need to be a Malaysian citizen. Secondly, the applicant needs to be at least 30 years old at the time of application. Thirdly, the applicant needs to have at least an STPM or diploma qualification (or equivalent) and fourthly, the applicant needs to have relevant work experiences.
After the applicant has satisfied all four preliminary criteria, the applicant will need to register themselves to sit for the APEL programme via the Malaysian Qualification Agency (MQA) and if they are successful, applicants will need to register for their preferred test centre. Pay the necessary test fees and sit for the aptitude test. There are options for candidates to take courses for the aptitude test (there will be a fee involved).
Upon successful completion of the aptitude test, the applicant is required to submit his or her portfolio (supporting documents) two weeks after the successful aptitude test. The supporting documents in the portfolio will be evaluated and an interview will be conducted within one month of the portfolio being submitted. In an event that the interview is unsuccessful, the applicant can appeal or resend the portfolio after six months. In an event that the interview is successful, the results will be made available within one month of the interview. The last step is to then receive your APEL certificate.
There are currently six APEL assessment centres which are Wawasan Open University, Open University Malaysia, Universiti Utara Malaysia, University Teknologi Malaysia, University Teknologi MARA and Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia.
- What is APEL(A)?
- Circulars / Notification Letters
- APEL Assesment Center vs Universiti Rakan
- Field of Studies
- Certification Process For Master’s Degree
- Assessment Fee For Master’s Degree
- Portfolio For Master’s Degree
- Handbook For Learners: Master’s Degree
- Apply For APEL
- Print Application
Tips on how to prepare the portfolio
Tip 1: Fill in everything that is required
It is compulsory to fill in everything that is required to the best of your ability. This means that you will need to fill up the application forms with accurate information, updated details and honest self-evaluations.
Tip 2: The devil is in the details
For the experiential learning portion, it is important to list prior and current job experiences with detailed accounts of your duties, responsibilities, task and skill sets that are required for the job.
Tip 3: Proof of personal improvement activities
Apart from your official job, you will need to prove that you are actively attending self-improvement courses – most of which, would have been conducted or sponsored by the company you are working for. Check with your Human Resource department for full records of your training activities.
Tip 4: Extracurricular activities
What you do for fun and during your time outside work is also important. Be sure to list them down. This is important as the evaluators are interested in what you have learned and achieved via your extracurricular activities.
Tip 5: Language proficiency
Language proficiency is important in the real world as well as in academia. Be sure to boast your language proficiencies in the multiple languages that you know in the areas of reading, writing, spoken and listening.
Tip 6: Evaluating yourself
Everyone has different motivations to pursue a formal postgraduate degree. Reasons such as to advance ones career, to gain better job prospects and to earn a higher income are amongst the most common motivation.
Tip 7: Supporting documents
One of the most important parts for your portfolio is the inclusion of the supporting documents. Examples of supporting documents are your STPM certificate, writing samples (emails, memos, essays etc) and work proficiency proofs such as sample projects.
Tip 8: Referees
Similar to a resume, you are also required to include two referees that can vouch for you. Examples of referees could be your teachers, bosses and colleagues. A good tip is to seek their permission and to express your intentions before nominating them as a referee.