FAQs

What’s the difference between global competence, intercultural competence, and global citizenship?

Global citizenship imparts a new layer of complexity, and since “global” is part of both terms, it is critical to use the appropriate terminology to communicate one’s intentions. Global citizenship is a broad term that encompasses the humanitarian component of taking care of the world and its inhabitants. Global issues such as the environment, the availability of clean water, the spread of HIV/AIDS, world hunger and famine, social justices, etc. are all significant causes that warrant the attention of all citizens of the world. Addressing these important matters effectively often requires additional functional skills and knowledge in fields such as environmental science, engineering, medicine, or nutrition, and such capability is a step beyond global competence. Therefore, global competence is not global citizenship; however, to be a global citizen, one DOES need to be globally competent.

There are a lot of assessments available. What makes the Global Competence Aptitude Assessment different from the others?

There are several key distinctions between the GCAA® and other instruments. While other assessments may claim to measure global competence or related capabilities, they are not capturing all the dimensions identified in the research and presented in the Global Competence Model™. The GCAA® is the only instrument that rigorously measures all the dimensions of global competence, as intended by the researchers and reported in refereed journals worldwide.

In addition, the GCAA® is one of the most widely researched assessments in the world, as it has been researched in more than 115 countries across six (6) continents. The GCAA® also measures students against the same criteria that workers are measured, so it is a practical measurement of global readiness growth from secondary school to college and university education and throughout a person’s entire professional career.

The GCAA® is far more insightful and revealing than many assessments that use question repetition or mere self-appraisal, which produce biased results due to participants’ personal motivations, fears of judgement, or cultural values. The assessment challenges participants with a wide range of question styles, and most importantly, requires thinking on one’s feet, not just static responses.

Scoring is immediate, and the GCAA® provides an extensive individual Interpretive Profile Report spanning the Internal and External Readiness aptitudes for global competence. The report also includes definitions of all dimensions, scoring and interpretation of the findings, as well as developmental resource suggestions to support growth. Since the participant receives the report directly, there is no costly overhead necessary for training assessment administrators to personally deliver feedback. (If a participant has the resources and access to attend a training session or use a coach, the development professional can instead focus attention on growth areas and targeted improvement.) The report clearly delineates an individual’s strengths and growth opportunities across each of the eight components of global competence (which may also be referred to as “global competency”) in understandable terms for personal improvement.

How quickly can I receive scoring from the Global Competence Aptitude Assessment®?

You receive scoring immediately after the assessment is completed online. The participant Interpretive Profile Report is personalized, and it also includes developmental resources to help enhance global competence aptitude. Group metrics are provided immediately as well. We provide real-time detailed aggregate group scoring and participation activity intelligence as soon as the participants complete the GCAA®.

Can I get aggregate metrics to see how all members in the organization performed?

We provide real-time group aggregate reporting with breakdown of all participants by whatever demographic subset is useful to you (department, function, class, college, program, etc.). We can provide a variety of comprehensive reports at the aggregated and individual levels, as desired. Individual participant scoring for each of the dimensions of global competence (8 scores) and the overall scores for Internal Readiness and External Readiness (2 scores) are provided in real-time. We can also provide norm comparisons against target peer groups, as well as in-depth intelligence regarding the demographic drivers to performance, as desired.

Can I order a single assessment?

We sell the GCAA® to groups only and our minimum group order is for 10 assessments (or 25 assessments for educational applications).

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