Global Competence:

Global Competence:



Today's students will be competing for jobs with their peers from around the world. Academic institutions, therefore, will be challenged to deliver a 21st century education that will prepare all students for success in the new global workplace (United States of America Department of Education). The Global Competence Aptitude Assessment (GCAA)®, recognized by the American Council on Education, is a widely accepted objective measure of these critical skills. The GCAA® measures student readiness for the global workforce, as well as educators' knowledge gaps, so that future generations of workers are globally competent.

Laying a foundation of positive attitudes and a curiosity to learn about the world starts in the younger, primary school years. Such preparation supports the subsequent layering of aptitudes related to global knowledge and people skills, which are developed with additional education and maturity.

In order to achieve success, it is important to develop and formally measure global competence beginning at the secondary educational level, extending into the post-secondary education years, and at key points in one’s professional life. Such understanding about an individual’s growth towards global competence can assist in personal goal setting and in addressing remaining opportunities for self-improvement.

"The challenge now is to embed global competence in schools around the world so that young people are better equipped for today’s fast-changing, globalised world."

Gabriela Ramos, Chief of Staff and Sherpa, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development


The Global Competence Aptitude Assessment (GCAA)® is the world's most comprehensive measure of student and faculty/staff global readiness. We offer two versions of the instrument, depending on the whether we are assessing students or educators.

The Global Competence Aptitude Assessment-Student (GCAA-Student)® has been specifically designed for students from high school through graduate school years. Geared towards situations that students may encounter, the GCAA-Student® items have an academic context. We also perform pre-testing and post-testing to help determine the growth and maturation of a course, curriculum, program, or experience.

The Global Competence Aptitude Assessment-Professional (GCAA-Pro)® is used to assess working professionals in various sectors, including education. In order to effectively grow the global competence of future generations, it is essential that instructors themselves have an adequate foundation to transfer learning to students. The assessment provides objective feedback about the current global competence of faculty and staff, which can precede and determine appropriate professional development activities.

Education Applications for the GCAA®

  • Measuring student readiness for the global workforce
  • Benchmarking student maturation and achievement
  • Identifying areas for curriculum or program improvement
  • Assessing learning outcomes, such as pre- and post-education abroad
  • Validating internationalized or globalized curricula
  • Determining educators' knowledge gaps to maximize transfer of learning
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