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APEL helps you pursue your Master without a Bachelor’s degree

APEL helps you pursue your Master without a Bachelors degree

To become a Master of Business Admin (MBA) student at Mantissa College, you need to at least have a Bachelor’s Degree in any business or non-business related field. However, if you have neither, you can still apply with an APEL certificate.

What does APEL stand for?

APEL stands for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning. APEL that is set by Malaysian Qualifications Framework (MQF) under Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) is a systematic process in which an individual’s former learning experience is being identified, documented and assessed to determine if the person has attained the required learning outcome in order to pursue a higher education programme and/or to gain credits. APEL was implemented for student’s admission to the Master’s programme on 18th February 2014.

Why do you need APEL?

As mentioned above, if you do not have any Bachelor’s degree, APEL is the way to go. APEL gives working adults the chance to pursue a higher education programme, without having the proper academic qualification. In other words, APEL is a way to recognise all experiences you have gained throughout life, which were not formally certified.

What are the entry requirements for MBA through APEL?

In order to admit yourself to MBA or level 7 of the MQF through APEL, you need to be a Malaysian, who is at least 30 years of age in the year of application. You need to have a minimum qualification of STPM, Diploma or any equivalent qualification, with a relevant working experience or former experiential learning.

What are the stages of APEL?

Before you can even apply for an APEL certificate, you need to make sure that you meet the above requirements. The most important thing is for you to have the working experience related to business, besides being a Malaysian with the said age and academic qualification. You also need to assess yourself and believe that you have what it takes to pursue the MBA with your life experience by going through the learning outcome of MBA.

Once you have ticked all the boxes in the initial stage, you can proceed to applying for APEL by completing all the necessary form and submitting it to MQA. MQA will get in touch with you after receiving your application to set the date and location you will take the aptitude test. You will then proceed to taking the test as scheduled.

If you pass, you will move on to prepare for your portfolio. However if you fail, you can appeal for review of the result or apply to resit for the test. At the portfolio stage, you need to compile all your experiences gained throughout your life, including formal, informal and non-formal learning, relating to the field you wish to study, in this case, business.

After your portfolio is completed, you will be notified of the result per mail. Once passed, you will be awarded with APEL certification, which can directly be used to apply for MBA at Mantissa College. Nevertheless, if you fail the portfolio stage, you can appeal with MQA to have your portfolio resubmit. The earliest opportunity for you to resubmit the portfolio is six months after the notification of result.     

What is the APEL aptitude test like?

The aptitude test that takes two and a half hours to complete carries 40% of the whole assessment. It will determine your capability and readiness for MBA. During the aptitude test, you will be evaluated on your knowledge in Mathematics, English, Bahasa Malaysia and General Knowledge or Critical Thinking. Each area that is tested will contain two sections. The first section contains 12 to 25 objective questions, while the second section of all the areas contain one question only, except for General Knowledge or Critical Thinking area, which has two questions.   

You will be tested on your ability to comprehend what you read, grammar, spelling, vocabulary and your ability to spot wrong language errors and correcting them, for both of the languages. Your basic mathematics and algebra, including your ability to solve related problems, will be put to test in the Mathematics section. As for the General Knowledge or Critical Thinking area, you will need to prove your skill of classification, pattern recognition and logical reasoning.

What do you need to prepare for the APEL portfolio?

The APEL portfolio consists of four parts. The first part is your personal particulars which include your intended field of study and a recent photograph of yourself.

Next part is your learning experience, which is further divided into five parts. You will need to fill in your formal learning experience in a table. You will need to provide the name of the certificate acquired, together with where and when it is acquired, including the duration of the study. You will also need to attach the copy of the certificate. In the next parts, you will have to list down all your gained informal learning through working or social environment and non-formal learning through training, seminar or workshop. Lastly, you will need to rate your language proficiency in the scale of one to four and self-reflect your decision to pursue MBA.

As for part three, you will have to provide with a list of referees, people who you have work with or for or people in your social group, who can vouch for you. Lastly, you will have to declare that you have provided MQA with information that is authentic, accurate and true. Failure of which, can result in your application being rejected.

In addition to all lists of your learning experience, you will have to attach all the related documents, which can be direct or indirect evidence of your experience. Direct evidence includes certificates, work samples, records of activities and media articles related to your work. Written records including journals and diaries are considered indirect evidence. Other indirect evidence are e-mails and letters, including communication with customers and verification of workplace.

Once the portfolio is completed, you will have to present it to a panel of assessors to go in depth through the portfolio. Marks provided by the panel will contribute to 60% of the whole assessment.    


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