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

March 2022 to February 2023

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: Natural, Quantitative and Social Sciences 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 and 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: Natural, Quantitative and Social Sciences 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.

GAC 029: Psychology II Introduction to Psychology 3 s.h.— Completion of GAC 029: Psychology II and GAC 030 Psychology III will satisfy PSY:1001 Elementary Psychology. May be applied to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences General Education Program, College of Business: social science, College of Engineering General Education component, or used as elective hours. 
GAC 030: Psychology III Research in Psychology

3 s.h.— Completion of GAC 029: Psychology II and GAC 030: Psychology III will satisfy PSY:1001 Elementary Psychology. May be applied to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences General Education Program, College of Business: social science, College of Engineering General Education component, or used as elective hours.

 

Application Requirements & Deadlines
If you are completing the GAC while still in high school, an overall high school grade point average of 3.00 is required. Submit a first-year student application. Credit will be awarded for GAC courses if a cumulative 2.60 grade point average or above is earned in all courses through Level 3.

  • If you are completing the GAC after high school graduation, a cumulative 2.60 grade point average is required in all GAC courses through Level 3 to be admitted and to earn credit. Submit a transfer student application.
  • No credit is awarded unless all three levels are completed and a cumulative 2.60 grade point average is earned.
  • Official ACT/SAT scores (if you have them) must be sent from the testing agency. Iowa's institutional codes are 1356 for the ACT and 6681 for the SAT. 
  • Meet our English Proficiency Requirement.
  • The application deadline is May 1 for fall admission and October 1 for spring.
  • If you have any questions, contact the Office of Admissions at 319-335-3847.