Global Assessment Certificate (GAC)
The GAC was originally designed as a bridge program for international students seeking admission to Australian universities. Now, as part of ACT Education Solutions, students whose first language is not English enroll in the GAC for admission to US, UK, and Canadian universities. Currently 48 US universities are "pathway" schools for GAC and the American Council of Education has recommended GAC students receive over 30 university credits for their GAC work. Consequently, it's not surprising to find in the recent reports by the University of Iowa Regents that GAC students are being awarded more credits for their high school work than international students enrolled at AP, IB, or A-level schools. Further, GAC students are more likely to graduate early, saving their family time and money.
The GAC curriculum is three levels. Each level focuses on building university skills.
LEVEL #2: Analysis
LEVEL #3: Problem Solving
LEVEL #1: Basic Skills
Learn more about the GAC
Our Students take courses emphasizing a variety of class-styles and activities in order to help them best prepare for university courses. Students experience lecture, seminars, tutorials, field trips, and office hours.
Lecture & Seminars
Small group discussion
Tutorials in the Computer Lab
Our students learn to write original research papers, research reports, lead seminars, and give conference-style academic presentations. Click below to see an example of the type of assessments required by our students:
Science Research Report
Business Research Report
MOODLE & Turnitin.com
Schoology. We train our students using MOODLE. Each GAC course has its
own Moodle page, and students access the site to turn in papers, check grades, and
retrieve supplementary materials. With this training, our students are better prepared for
university coursework with online components.
One of the most difficult issues for second language users, and Chinese students in particular, is avoiding plagiarism. We help our students with Turnitin.com. Access to Turnitin.com provides students the chance to learn and reflect about plagiarism. After they turn in a paper, the powerful "originality check" allows students to see if their paraphrasing and summarizing skills are enough to comply with the academic standards of university. If not, Turnitin.com highlights problem areas for both the student and
instructor to see.