GTS Global Testing Services
Discipline-Specific Exams in Foreign Languages
1. Who We Are: The GTS Family
At the heart of our operation are the following core values: 1) A belief that honesty is always the best policy and that trust has to be earned with every task accomplished; 2) Unparalleled client support and customer service; 3) Our unwavering commitment to quality, excellence, and efficiency in testing and assessment of foreign language skills and cultural competencies; 4) The requisite care and highest standards in confidential data collection, handling, and distribution; and 5) Creativity and innovation to meet and surpass our clients’ highest expectations and aspirations.
We are always advancing, innovating, and looking for ways to improve and add more value and clarity to our clients’ operations. These values are central to our mission in the field of foreign language testing and assessment on behalf of public and private colleges and universities in the U.S., China, Brazil, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. In addition, the discipline-specific exams in foreign languages we produce are invariably crafted in a broad, diverse, and multifaceted international context.
In addition to our headquarters in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA, in the New York City metropolitan area, we work with a number of institutions of higher learning in the U.S., China, Brazil, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
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.
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 China, Brazil, Asia, the Middle East, 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.
By following this link, you will find useful representative samples of our discipline-specific exams in foreign languages. These exams come from the part of our website devoted to colleges and univesities in Brazil, since this is country where GTS has been the most active since 1999. The majority of these exams are in English, with some tests in Spanish and a smaller number in French.
As part of our vision and mission, GTS is commited to reinvesting in the academic operation of its partner institutions worldwide, especially in developing countries such as Brazil and China. We do this by working closely with these colleges and universities to assist them in addressing and meeting specific needs, especially those where our resources, experience, and know-how can make a discernible difference. This virtuous and socially responsible feedback loop helps us connect employees and clients to something bigger and more lasting than the specific task at hand. This aspect of our social mission helps bring our purpose to life in ways that are at once tangible and transparent. It defines how the GTS brand engages with employees, clients, and other stakeholders to address social needs and connect people in ways that otherwise would not be possible.
GTS Global Testing Services — Discipline-Specific Exams in Foreign Languages
Global Testing Services (GTS) is an international educational organization headquartered in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA. A collaborative effort bringing together professors, linguists, and other academic professionals from colleges and 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, Brazil, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. 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:
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.
Incentives and Benefits for Institutions to Use GTS Exams
GTS has worked with more than 30 graduate and undergraduate programs at colleges and universities throughout the world. We have produced, administered, and scored countless discipline-specific entrance and exit exams in foreign languages to assist these institutions with their admissions and graduation processes. Working with GTS, these programs have obtained excellent results by sistematizing and streamlining their selection and assessment procedures with regard to the measurement of foreign language skills and cultural competencies. As part of the feedback that we regularly request and receive from our cllients regarding the various aspects of our operation in order to better meet the needs of the program coordinators and admissions directors we work with we know that the following factors are among some of the leading reasons that have prompted these institutions to choose GTS as a partner:
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