Data on GAC students at Qingdao University GAC center and at the University of Iowa showing both high and consistent outcomes presented at the NAFSA convention in San Diego on May 29

29th May, San Diego: According to a presentation at the NAFSA Convention for international educators by Mary Mu, Academic Director at the Qingdao University GAC Center, the average GAC student at the center achieved a TOEFL score of 90 and an ACT score of 25.5. This data is based on the results of around 470 GAC students at the center over the last five years.

 The Qingdao data also showed a high level of consistency between GAC GPA and TOEFL, along with a high level of consistency between GAC GPA and ACT scores. Likewise, it showed a high correlation between ACT and TOEFL scores. However, there was little or no correlation between High School GPA and TOEFL and ACT scores. Similarly, there was little or no correlation between High School GPA and GAC GPA.  

 The results indicate a much higher level of consistency between GAC GPA and ACT and TOEFL scores than between Chinese High School GPA and ACT and TOEFL scores. Similarly, data from 441 GAC graduates at the University of Iowa presented by second speaker Ying Xu, Assistant Director of Admissions Office at the University of Iowa, confirm the excellent outcomes of GAC students at that university since 2007.

 Ying Xu spoke about how GAC students appeared better prepared, seemed more able to immerse themselves in American culture than other international students, and had higher GPAs with an average GPA of 3.25. Not only that, but 38% of GAC students at the University of Iowa graduated with double or triple majors.

In recent years, the ability of some Chinese students to produce high school GPAs or IELTS results that appear to be an inflation of their actual abilities has become known as “the China Conundrum” following an article in the New York Times in 2011. The excellent results of GAC students as seen through these two studies demonstrate how universities can recruit GAC students to avoid this pitfall.

 More than 60 participants attended the session, “Recruiting Qualified Undergraduate International Students From China,” which was chaired by Imogen Craney, Regional Academic Manager from ACT Education Solutions, Limited.