Global Assessment Certificate™ (GAC) Program

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The Global Assessment Certificate™ (GAC) program is an internationally recognized university preparation program for students who do not have English as their first language. It is a product of ACT Education Solutions, Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of ACT Inc).

Global acceptance

The GAC is a university preparation program that provides students with the academic knowledge, independent learning skills, English language skills and confidence to enter and successfully complete a bachelor’s degree at university.

If you want to study overseas, successful completion of the GAC gives entry into one of many GAC Pathway Universities in Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Vietnam.

Global recognition

In addition to the GAC, all students have the opportunity to prepare for and take the ACT® test, a multiple-choice college entry test that covers English, mathematics, reading, and science. An optional writing test is also available. This test is recognized by all universities in the USA and many universities elsewhere. The GAC is the only international university preparation program that includes the ACT.

This means that when you apply to university, in addition to your high school diploma, you will have a GAC Grade Point Average (GPA), an ACT score, and either a TOEFL or IELTS score.

Credits and scholarships

Most of the 50+ Pathway Universities in the United States offer GAC graduates up to one year of credit. This allows you to complete your university studies faster, saving you a significant amount in tuition fees and living expenses.

Scholarships and bursaries are offered by a number of GAC Pathway Universities. These scholarships reward you for your academic excellence before and during your university studies.

For further information about Pathway Universities including their entry requirements and how to choose a suitable Pathway University, go to Find a Pathway University.

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“I am currently working as the Director of Studies for the GAC program at Beijing Haidian International School and previously worked in Zhengzhou and Shanghai. My association with the program is since 2001 and it is my greatest pleasure to say that the GAC program is one of the world’s most successful and best programs I’ve ever taught.”

“The program itself is unique, well designed and meets all international standards of quality educational modules. It has excellent assessment criteria which provide students with necessary English skills, study skills and communicative skills and surely prepare them to cope with the major problems that most students face during their first year at university. What I like most about the GAC program is the skills in the Reading & Writing modules that are absolutely well targeted to help students, not only with their reading and writing skills, but also with the skills needed for academic researched essays, reports, bibliographies, note taking, descriptive writing, paraphrasing, summarisation and referencing.”

“Personally I believe that the GAC is an important and core uni preparation program for those who intend to take further education in English-speaking countries. It has a great delivery, fair assessment procedures and above all provide necessary academic support to all its members. In short, as an academic I would say I wouldn’t have stayed or worked for a program for over 14 years if at any point in my life I had ever thought it was not worth it or it did not help our high school graduates.”