The GAC is a university preparation program that provides students with the academic knowledge, independent learning skills, English language skills and confidence to enter and successfully complete a bachelor’s degree at university.
If you want to study overseas, successful completion of the GAC gives entry into one of many GAC Pathway Universities in Australia, Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and Vietnam.
In addition to the GAC, all students in this program have the opportunity to prepare for and take the ACT® test, a multiple-choice college entry test that covers English, mathematics, reading, and science. An optional writing test is also available. This test is recognized by all universities in the USA and many universities elsewhere. The Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) is the only international university preparation program that includes the ACT.
This means that when you apply to university, in addition to your high school diploma, you will have a GAC Grade Point Average (GPA) along with an ACT score and an English proficiency score.
Universities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, and the Caribbean have accepted AlphaMax Academy graduates with GAC credentials and they have successfully completed their studies in three years.
Credits and Scholarships: Most Pathway Universities offer GAC graduates with good grades up to one year of college credit. In 2016, the prestigious and internationally respected American Council on Education (ACE) evaluated that GAC graduates were eligible for up to 40 credit hours of tertiary-level, university course work. This allows you to complete your university studies faster, saving you a significant amount in tuition fees and living expenses.
Scholarships and bursaries are offered by a number of GAC Pathway Universities. These scholarships reward you for your academic excellence before and during your university studies.
The Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) is a globally recognized and regional exam offered by the Barbados-based Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC). CSEC candidates are examined for certification at the General and Technical Proficiencies. The General and Technical Proficiencies provide students with the foundation for further studies at the tertiary-level and entry to the workplace. The Council now offers a total of 33 subjects, that is, 28 subjects at General Proficiency and 5 at Technical Proficiency. Students who perform exceptionally well and fit the criteria are eligible for one of the many CSEC Regional Awards given by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).
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The Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) is another program offered by The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) designed to provide certification of the academic, vocational and technical achievement of students in the Caribbean who, having completed a minimum of five years of secondary education, wish to further their studies. The examinations address the skills and knowledge acquired by students under a flexible and articulated system where subjects are organized in one-Unit or two-Unit courses with each Unit containing three Modules. Subjects examined under CAPE may be studied concurrently or singly.
The Caribbean Examinations Council offers three types of certification. The first is the award of a certificate showing each CAPE Unit completed. The second is the CAPE diploma, awarded to candidates who have satisfactorily completed at least six Units, including Caribbean Studies. The third is the CAPE Associate Degree, awarded for the satisfactory completion of a prescribed cluster of seven CAPE Units including Caribbean Studies and Communication Studies. For the CAPE diploma and the CAPE Associate Degree, candidates must complete the cluster of required Units within a maximum period of five years.
The CXC Associates degree helps students fine-tune their knowledge, skills, and attitude required for the work place or for continuing tertiary education. Associates Degrees are available in various streams including Arts & Humanities, Business & Human Development Studies, Mathematics & Science, and Technical Studies & Creative Arts.
CXC’s CSEC and CAPE examinations are internationally recognized including by:United Kingdom National Academic Recognition Information Centre (UK NARIC), NUFIC in the Netherlands, the University of the West Indies (UWI), University of Guyana, and The Association of Indian Universities (AIU)