Department for Lifelong Learning Policy Research
The Survey of Adult Skills is an international survey conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 24 countries as part of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). It is an direct assessment of the proficiency of adults in literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments. These skills are key information-processing competencies that are necessary at work and at home.
The summary of the survey results and sample items were released on October 8th, 2013.
Public Use Files containing individual unit record data in SAS and SPSS format are available for downloading for each of the countries participating in the PIAAC Survey of Adult Skills other than Australia.
The International Data Explorer (IDE) allows you to create statistical tables and charts to explore adults' (16-65 years of age) performance in literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in technology-rich environments.
The survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) is designed to measure the competency of adults in key information-processing skills. The result from this survey will help countries enhance human resource development policies such as education and training systems by verifying how these skills effect societies and economies, and educational and training institutions in improving skills.
Japanese residents between the ages of 16 and 65 who were selected randomly.
The Survey of Adult Skills measures the skills to understand information in written text and charts, and the skills to solve problems in everyday life. These skills are literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environment. Also, background questionnaire was administered.
Background questionnaire was administered in Computer-Aided Personal Interview format by the interviewer. The respondent completed the assessment of literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology-rich environments on a laptop computer. For respondents having difficulty using computers, paper assessments were provided.