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Global Assessment Certificate Program

The Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) is the world’s most recognized university preparation program for students with English as a second language. It was developed by ACT in conjunction with universities and accrediting bodies around the world to prepare students for university study in English-speaking countries.

We accept GAC program credit
The University of Iowa (UI) is one of the GAC program’s Pathway Universities. UI accepts credit toward a bachelor’s degree for the following courses, although GAC courses may not be used to satisfy course requirements specific to majors in the College of Engineering.

GAC Program Credit Policies
GAC Course Number/Title Credit Awarded and Other Information
GAC 005: Computing I: Intro to Computing for Academic Study 3 semester hours (s.h.)—May be applied to the College of Business Core Requirements: Business Computing Essentials, or used as elective hours. NOTE: Students must also complete GAC 011: Fundamentals of Data Management.
GAC 010: Mathematics II: Probability, Statistics, & Finance 3 s.h.—May be applied to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences General Education Program: quantitative & formal reasoning hours, or used as elective hours.
GAC 011: Computing II: Data Management 3 s.h.—May be applied to the College of Business Core Requirements: Business Computing Essentials, or used as elective hours. NOTE: Students must also complete GAC 005: Introduction to the Internet & Word Processing Skills.
GAC 012: Business II: Business Studies 3 s.h.—May be used as elective hours.
GAC 014: Academic English III: Listening and Speaking Skills 3 semester hours (s.h.)—May be used as elective hours.
GAC 016: Mathematics III: Calculus & Advanced Applications 3 s.h.—May be applied to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences General Education Program: quantitative & formal reasoning hours, accepted as first-semester calculus, or used as elective hours; may be applied toward the College of Business Calculus for Business prerequisite. NOTE: a grade of C or higher is required.
GAC 017: Computing III: Digital Communication 3 semester hours (s.h.)—May be used as elective hours.
GAC 022: Business III: International Business 3 semester hours (s.h.)—May be used as elective hours.
GAC 023: Science 3 s.h.—May be applied to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and College of Business General Education Program: natural sciences (nonlab) hours, or used as elective hours.
GAC 027: Social Science II: Identity & Interaction in Society 3 s.h.—May be applied to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and College of Business General Education Program: social science, or used as elective hours. May be applied to the College of Engineering General Education Program: social science.
GAC 028: Social Science III: Research Skills & Global Issues 3 s.h.—May be applied to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and College of Business General Education Program: International and Global Issues, or used as elective hours. May be applied to the College of Engineering General Education Program: social science.

Application Requirements & Deadlines:
Overall high school grade point average of 3.00 or GAC grade point average of 2.60 after Level 3 for admission; submit results of the ACT; present an acceptable score on the TOEFL of 80, with no subscore lower than 17, OR an IELTS overall score of 6.5, with no subscore lower than 6.0, OR present an English subscore of 21 on the ACT. Credit will be awarded for GAC courses if a cumulative 2.60 grade point average or above is earned. The application deadline is March 1 for fall admission and October 1 for spring.
Questions: Contact the Office of Admissions at 319-335-1549.