What is Unique About PIAAC?
PIAAC is unique from previous international and adult assessments in the following ways:
- It is the first large-scale assessment administered on laptop computers to respondents in their homes. Those who cannot take the assessment on a computer are administered a paper-and-pencil version of the assessment. For details about how PIAAC was administered, click here.
- It is an adaptive assessment: participants taking the computer-based assessment will respond to a series of items targeted to their performance levels. For details about PIAAC's adaptive design, click here.
- It measures participants' problem solving skills on a computer and in an online environment. All of the problem solving items are presented in common, everyday technology-rich environments (e.g., email, web pages, and spreadsheets). For details about PIAAC’s problem solving domain, click here.
- It includes extensive background questions about education, training, employment, and job requirements. For details on PIAAC’s background questionnaire and to see the questions asked, click here.