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Encouraging Words

We recently had the pleasure of meeting with John Evans, one of the most senior high school counselors in Asia who heads up the high school counseling team at the International School of Beijing and serves as Past President of the Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling (OACAC). He graciously posted the following to the NACAC public forum site (re-posted here with permission):

College colleagues,

You may be interested to learn about a service available to help screen applicants from China. Called InitialView, it is owned and managed by Terry Crawford and Gloria Chyou, who have lived in Beijing for several years.

In a nutshell, you can view videos of applicants to your college, quickly assessing them for English language skills. The service is completely free to colleges and the student pays a flat (and reasonable) fee. Further information about the program is available at

This is not a sales pitch, but simply an announcement about a service that could prove useful in your work with applicants from the mainland. I met with Terry last month and am impressed with his integrity and with the potential that his service has to alleviate authenticity issues with applications. If you would like more information, links related to his services are below.

Have a good summer, all!


Brief Promo Video:
Demo Video Interview:

John M. Evans, President
Overseas Association for College Admission Counseling
High School Counselor
International School of Beijing