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The Global Assessment Certificate™ (GAC) program is an internationally recognized university preparation program for students who do not have English as their first language. It was developed by ACT Education Solutions, in collaboration with higher education institutions and accrediting bodies from around the world, to help students gain the skills and competencies for academic success in English-speaking classroom settings. Click here to learn more about the GAC program.


Applying to TCC is easy as 1, 2, 3! Complete TCC’s online international student application here.

GAC students can apply to TCC during their GAC Level III studies with Level II grades and then send their Level III grades after completing the GAC program.

No minimum GPA, TOEFL, IELTS, ACT, or SAT scores are required for admission.

English & Math Course Placement

TCC recognizes completion of GAC English and Math modules for TCC college-level course placement as follows:

  • GAC014 and GAC015 Academic English III modules with a 73% (GPA 2.0) will receive direct entry into English 101: English Composition I.
  • GAC010 Mathematics II with a 73% (GPA 2.0) will place into the Math courses that follow Math 095 (Intermediate Algebra) or Math 096/140 (Accelerated Algebra/Introduction to Precalculus). These course numbers are Math 107, Math 131, Math 132, Math 141, Math 146 and Math 147.
  • GAC016 Mathematics III module with a 73% (GPA 2.0) will receive direct entry into Math 152: Calculus II).

University Transfer & Credits


TCC is your stepping stone for smooth transfer to a university bachelor degree program. Your advisor will work with you and the transfer university's admission office to map the TCC courses needed for credit transfer. If you continue on to a GAC Pathway University that awards credits for GAC modules, then you will not need to take these classes at TCC.

However, if you choose to transfer to a university that does not currently recognize the GAC, then be advised it is not guaranteed they will accept your GAC modules for credit. Also, please keep in mind that transfer universities have the final say on which GAC credits they will award and this is subject to change.

Please contact your advisor or the International Programs office for more details.

* Important note: some majors with extended prerequisite course requirements may take more than 4 years to complete (e.g. engineering and medicine).

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