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Global Assessment Certificate® (GAC) and English Language Programs (ELP)


Year Introduced

2005


Purpose/Description

  • GAC is an internationally recognized university preparation program for students who do not have English as their first language. The GAC provides students with the academic knowledge, independent learning skills, English language skills, and confidence to enter and successfully complete a bachelor’s degree at a university. Successful completion of the GAC gives entry into one of more than 100 GAC Pathway Universities in Australia, Canada, Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Vietnam.
  • ELP is designed to:
    • provide opportunity for students to identify and develop skills and strategies for more effective language learning as well as learning “how to learn”
    • develop overall competence in English across the four main macro skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing)
    • develop an awareness and understanding of the culture of English-speaking peoples


Intended Users

  • GAC: Non-US students wishing to study in the United States take the GAC program to acquire the academic knowledge, independent learning skills, English language skills, and confidence to enter and successfully complete a bachelor’s degree at a university.
  • ELP: The English Language Programs are for learners from a non-English speaking background who wish to learn how to use English effectively in both general and academic contexts.


Volume/Number of Users

  • GAC: More than 120 GAC teaching centers in 16 countries participate in the GAC program. Currently, more than 4,000 students are completing their GAC program.
  • ELP: Delivered in more than 10 countries including Bahrain, Canada, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Currently more than 2,500 students are completing an ELP program.


Additional Facts

  • GAC encompasses the skills essential for successful study at a western university. Assessments are designed to prepare students for the rigors of university study, and include the same kind of assessments students find at university in the first year. Approved Teaching Centers (ATCs) can be found in 14 countries including Bahrain, Canada, China, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Philippines, Suriname, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States, and Vietnam. The GAC can be delivered full-time over nine months, or part-time as a concurrent co-curriculum with the high school curriculum. All students have the opportunity to prepare for and take the ACT test covering English, mathematics, reading, and science.
  • ELP: Generally taught in centers situated on university campuses, in private language or business colleges, in corporate offices, and within private international and local high schools, these programs have flexible entry and exit points and can be adapted to suit middle school and high school students and young adults.


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