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NAME OF THE ASSESSMENT TOOL
Education and skills online assessment
NAME OF AUTHOR(S)
OECD and participating countries and the European Commission
NAME OF PRODUCER
OECD and participating countries and the European Commission
COSTING
Not free of charge
DESCRIPTION OF THE COSTING POLICY
Organizations, institutions and researchers have to order the code, pay and distribute it to the test taker. The core assessment costs 9 Euro per test person. The core assessment package contains the core background questionnaire, the literacy and numeracy assessment, and the optional problem solving and reading components.
TYPE OF PRODUCT
Web Site
DIGITAL COMPETENCES
Problem solving, Information processing
LEVEL OF KNOWLEDGE
Medium
LANGUAGE/S OF TEACHING RESOURCES
Italian, English
TUTORIAL SUPPORT
Yes
DESCRIPTION
The assessment tool Education and skills online contains questions that focus on literacy, numeracy and problem solving in a technology environment for adults and youth. It also has questions related to career interests, health and behavioural competencies. In order to take the test, a code is needed that is ordered by organizations, institutions, or researchers and then distributed to the test taker. The purchasers of the code will also have access to an administration portal where the results will be presented in a different format which is possible to download.
The duration of the online test is 65 min for the core module containing questions about background, literacy, and numeracy and 125 min for the whole test including the core module and reading components, problem solving in technology-rich environments, and non-cognitive assessments. The questions about literacy assess the ability to understand and use information from newspapers, brochures and websites. The reading components of the test assess vocabulary, sentence comprehension, and passage comprehension. Numeracy assessment is about the ability to interpret, communicate, or use mathematical information in tables, graphs, and maps and measures problem solving skills, understanding a situation and tests representation, mathematics, mathematical argumentation and degree of familiarity with the context. The Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments includes how well the person can solve everyday life problems and how a person uses information from different environments, such as email, web pages, or spreadsheets.
COMMENTS
Since the results can be compared to national and international results from PIAAC (OECD Survey of Adult Skills) and is used in research, the test has high reliability. The results can be used for planning training activities, for research or as a diagnostic tool after a course.
The strong points of the assessment tool are that it evaluates more complex knowledge that is necessary for understanding texts and problem solving.
One weak point is that only organisations, institutions, and researchers can access the code for the test. Another weak point is that it is not free of charge.