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The Survey of Adult Skills

Reader’s Companion, Third Edition

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This edition of the Reader’s Companion accompanies Skills Matter: Additional Results from the Survey of Adult Skills that reports the results from the 39 countries and regions that participated in the 3 rounds of data collection in the first cycle of PIAAC, with a particular focus on the 6 countries that participated in the third round of the study (Ecuador, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Peru and the United States). It describes the design and methodology of the survey and its relationship to other international assessments of young students and adults.

The Survey of Adult Skills, a product of the OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), was designed to provide insights into the availability of some key skills in society and how they are used at work and at home. The first survey of its kind, it directly measures proficiency in several information-processing skills – namely literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments.

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Relationship between the level of descriptors used in the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) and other skills surveys

In presenting the results of the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), the descriptors used to describe the characteristics of the tasks at each proficiency level in literacy and numeracy differ from those used when presenting the results of the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) and the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALL). This is the result of:

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