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  GTS Global Testing Services
at New Jersey City University
Jersey City, New Jersey, United States of America
 

  1. Who We Are: The GTS Family

GTS Global Testing Services is one of the few testing organizations in the United States that is fully backed by and constitutes an integral part of an American university. At the heart of our testing center's operation is our abiding dedication to excellence and efficiency in testing and assessment of foreign language skills and cultural competencies in a broad, diverse, and multifaceted international context.

2. Where We Are: Our Locations

In addition to our headquarters at New Jersey City University, in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA, we work with a number of institutions of higher learning in China, Asia, and Latin America, especially in Brazil.


Hepburn Hall, Main Campus, NJCU

3. What We Do: Our Exams


Our main goal at GTS is to recreate academic and cognitive situations in which graduate and undergraduate students can be assessed for foreign language aptitude along with cultural competencies in discipline-specific real-life settings and conditions.

4. Our Mission, Goals, and Values

The assessment information we have produced has played a crucial role in the admissions process of graduate and undergraduate programs at a number of universities in Asia, the US, and Latin America, providing crucial context about the candidates' linguistic abilities.

We are committed to and guided by the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. One of the objectives of our assessments and services is to contribute to what we hope will be improved understanding, goodwill, and relations among the different populations we serve throughout the world. When we engage our partners across the globe, we do so with these goals and objectives in mind.


Hepburn Hall, Main Campus, NJCU

 

GTS Global Testing Services — Discipline-Specific Exams in Foreign Languages

GTS Global Testing Services is a nonprofit educational organization headquartered at New Jersey City University (NJCU), located in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA. A collaborative effort bringing together professors from NJCU and other universities in the New York City metropolitan area, GTS specializes in foreign language testing and assessment. We produce, administer, and score entrance and exit exams in foreign languages for graduate, undergraduate, and certificate programs for public and private colleges and universities in China, Asia, and Latin America. We have ample know-how and experience in this area and are uniquely qualified to produce discipline-specific exams tailored to meet the academic and professional needs of our clients. We thank you for visiting our website and look forward to hearing from you to explore ways in which we can work together to add value to your operation and raise the international profile of your undergraduate and graduate programs.

Arguably one of the most expeditious ways to convey what GTS exams represent is to describe what they are not. GTS exams are not like generic foreign language exams such as:

  1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  2. ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages)
  3. IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
  4. IELPT (International English Language Proficiency Test)
  5. iTEP (nternational Test of English Proficiency)
  6. TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication)
  7. DELF (Diplôme D'Études en Langue Française)
  8. DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française)
  9. TEF (Test D'Évaluation du Français)
  10. TCF (Test de Connaissance du Français)
  11. TFI (Test de Français International)
  12. DSD (Deutsches Sprachdiplom)
  13. DSH (Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang)
  14. TestDaF (Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache)
  15. ZD (Zertifikat Deutsch)
  16. CILS (Certificazione di Italiano Come Lingua Straniera)
  17. DELI (Diploma Elementare di Lingua Italiana, Accademia Italiana di Lingua)
  18. DILI (Diploma Intermedio di Lingua Italiana)
  19. DALI (Diploma Avanzato di Lingua Italiana)
  20. DILC (Diploma Commerciale di Lingua Italiana)
  21. DELE (Diplomas de Español Como Lengua Extranjera)
  22. CELPE-Bras (Brazilian Certificate of Proficiency in Portuguese for Foreigners)


New Jersey City University, the home of GTS Global Testing Services

The foreign language exams outlined above are for the most part developed with no specific academic or professional area in mind and are directed to a generic public. In contrast, GTS exams are discipline-specific tests based on scholarly books, specialized white papers, and articles from the academic or professional discipline or area to be assessed. GTS exams aim to reproduce as faithfully as possible an academic-cognitive situation that graduate and undergraduate students will face in their academic programs: the need to read effectively and to understand specialized texts in a foreign language (usually English) regarding relevant topics and subjects from their academic or professional areas of interest. We do this within a controlled testing environment, which we can closely monitor and assess quantitatively. This way, GTS is able to provide graduate and undergraduate program coordinators and admissions directors with more actionable information than a generic test of English like TOEFL or IELTS could provide. With this data in hand, program coordinators and admissions directors will have access to an empirical and reliable assessment instrument that will enable them to predict more accurately which candidates are most likely to succeed in the program and who can master the international scientific literature in their area without major problems.

To the extent possible, we do our best to work with program coordinators and admissions directors in the choice of texts to be used in our exams so that these tests can faithfully reflect the real academic and professional needs of their respective disciplines. More specifically, we welcome any suggestions on possible texts (from books, academic journals, or specialized white papers) to be used in our exams. These recommendations are added to the other texts previously identified by GTS management, and our board determines which texts will eventually be used in future exams. These materials are used only once for any GTS exam and the tests are posted online to help future test takers as they prepare to take our exams.

With regard to recommended texts for our exams, we request that they be, on the one hand, sufficiently specialized within their respective areas of academic concentration, but, on the other hand, equally accessible for the language professional in charge of preparing the test. With few exceptions (such as with the specialized language of Physics or Mathematics, which is often understandable only to professionals in these fields), we will be able to work with the vast majority of articles and specialized texts and it will be our pleasure to analyze and discuss possible texts with the program coordinators or admissions directors. After all, our raison d'être is to serve them and their students as best we can. As such, we welcome their feedback, recommendations, and guidance so we can continuously make improvements to our operation and to the services we provide.

 

 
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