About The GCAA®

About The GCAA®



The Global Competence Aptitude Assessment (GCAA®) is a practical application of a five (5)-year rigorous and holistic international research agenda. Expert thought leaders from around the world, spanning the continuum of education through the global workforce, created a consensus definition of "global competence" that was first reported in 2004. In addition, this panel of experts collectively determined the specific aptitudes necessary for global competence, which are presented in the Global Competence Model™.

Out of a request by one such expert thought leader, five (5) more years were spent developing a comprehensive instrument to objectively assess each of the necessary dimensions of global competence as identified by the research. The pinnacle of this extensive research and development became the GCAA®, which has been used around the world to assess students and working professionals ever since.


Developed by Global Leadership Excellence, LLC, the GCAA® is based on extensive international research. Thoroughly tested in over 100 countries across six (6) continents, the GCAA® has been deemed statistically valid and reliable. The GCAA® is the only instrument that measures all the researched dimensions of global competence, as intended and reported in refereed journals worldwide. Since its debut in 2009, it has been used to assess the continuum of individuals from grade 9 in secondary (high) school through highly experienced working professionals across the globe — individuals from age 15 through 65 years and above.

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