Department for Lifelong Learning Policy Research


Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)

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.

Results

PIAAC Result (Japan)

PIAAC Result (Japan) ”Summary of the Survey Results"

PIAAC Result Report (Japan) “Summary of the Survey Results” (PDF/645KB)

  • The detail of the survey is published in the following report.
  • “Results from the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC) ” National Institute for Educational Policy Research, Akashi Shoten, 2013, ISBN978-4-7503-3901-6 3,990yen (tax incl.)

OECD Skills Outlook 2013

OECD Skills Outlook 2013
PIAAC Database

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.

  • International Public Use Data Files is provided in English only.
  • * The files are large and may take some time to download.
  • PIAAC Database (*Link to OECD website)

International Data Explorer

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.


PIAAC Background Questionnaire DEMO System

WHY PIAAC?

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.

WHO TOOK THE ASSESSMENT?

Japanese residents between the ages of 16 and 65 who were selected randomly.

WHAT WAS ASSESSED?

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.

HOW WAS IT ASSESSED?

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.