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New feature: Page numbers

You asked for it and we’ve added it! All transcripts generated through Teascript now automatically receive page numbers. This is a convenience for colleges so they can quickly recognize if any pages are missing. (Generally it’s best to keep a transcript to a single page, but this numbering is helpful for those who need to generate multi-page transcripts.)

It’s easy to turn page numbers off if you desire: click on the “Settings” button at the top of the transcript editor and uncheck the box next to “Show page numbers.” Save your changes and re-generate your transcript. The page numbers won’t show up anymore.

We’d certainly appreciate feedback on this new feature.

New feature: Copy your transcript

Have you ever wanted to create a copy of an existing transcript and modify it for submission to a different college? Now you can.

The next time you login to Teascript you’ll notice a new “Copy” button at the top of the page. Click this button to create a copy of your transcript. The copy will include the student information, courses, exams, activities, and notes from your original transcript.

Enjoy, and definitely let us know what you think of this new feature!

New feature: Additional fonts

We’re rolling out some exciting new features over the next few weeks. The first of these is two new fonts for your transcript.

Prior to today’s update, we only offered the Arial and Times New Roman fonts. These are attractive fonts and worked fine for a while, but our goal is to give you maximum flexibility when customizing your transcript. Towards that end, upgraded accounts have immediate access to the Helvetica and Courier New fonts.

Helvetica is a classy font that has subtle differences from Arial. Courier New is a monospaced font — each letter is an equal width. Switching your transcript to Courier New will make it appear as if it were created on a typewriter. This can be an attractive look depending on your preference.

To change the font used on your transcript, click the “Settings” button and select a new font from the “Font Face” drop-down. We’ve also recorded a brief video (below) about how to change fonts. Enjoy, and definitely let us know what you think of the new fonts!

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New feature: Landscape template!

Landscape Template

One of our most frequently requested features has finally arrived! A landscape transcript layout is now available when printing or downloading.

A traditional portrait layout has been available since we launched in 2007, but late last year we began working on a landscape version. The landscape template contains the same information as the portrait, but presents it in a pleasing and professional wider layout style.

The new landscape template is perfect for users who want to fit a longer transcript on a single page. It packs information more densely than the portrait layout, resulting in a more compact transcript.

Users with upgraded accounts have immediate access to this layout by clicking the “Print” button in the transcript editor.

Do I have to put my student’s SSN on the transcript?

Teascript allows entry of your student’s SSN (Social Security Number), but is this truly required for a high school transcript? The answer is no. This field is completely optional. Generally, colleges or universities will request the student’s SSN as part of the application process, but the SSN doesn’t typically need to be included on the transcript itself.

Colleges use the SSN to determine if your student has any scholarships or other financial aid that need to be applied to their account. Once your student has been accepted, they will be issued a student ID number which can be used instead of the SSN for future communication. This is preferable since the SSN is a sensitive piece of information and should be kept private.

The bottom line is that the SSN doesn’t need to be on your transcript unless the college specifically requests it. If you choose to add your student’s SSN to the transcript, the 128-bit SSL encryption used by Teascript ensures the SSN won’t be intercepted while your computer is communicating with our server. Teascript also performs additional encryption of the SSN before storing it in our database. The SSN is only decrypted when the transcript is printed or downloaded.

What is academic ranking anyway?

High school academic ranking (also known as class rank) compares a student’s cumulative GPA against fellow classmates’ GPAs. This commonly results in either a percentile (e.g. 90th percentile) or a ratio (e.g. top fifth of graduating class).

Many colleges see academic ranking as an important part of the application process. Despite this fact, only about 45% of high schools in America practice class ranking, public schools being more likely than private schools to rank their students. Because of this, colleges are looking to other sources to estimate a student’s academic ranking, such as standardized test scores.

This is why it’s so important to include multiple standardized test scores on your transcript. Fortunately, Teascript makes it easy to add these scores to your student’s high school transcript. Click here to get started for free.

New Feature: Custom Font Sizes

Another commonly requested feature is the ability to change the font size used on each transcript. This can now be done by clicking the “Settings” button at the top of the transcript editing page. Using a smaller font enables more information to be displayed on the transcript, while using a larger font makes the transcript more readable.

The ability to change fonts is available immediately on all upgraded Teascript accounts.

New Feature: Custom Fonts

Since it’s inception, Teascript has used the attractive Helvetica font on its transcripts. Some users have requested the ability to use a different font. This is now possible!

To switch fonts, click on the new “Settings” button at the top of the transcript editing page. The font drop-down will allow you to select between Helvetica and Times New Roman. (Additional choices will become available in the future.)

The ability to change fonts is available immediately on all upgraded Teascript accounts.