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Singapore taking part in Survey of Adult Skills to test cognitive, workplace skills

About 5,000 to be tested for literacy, numeracy, problem-solving ability

Published on May 7, 2014 8:08 AM
 
Posed photo of a woman working on a laptop computer. Students in Singapore consistently ace international tests in maths, science and problem-solving but now it is the adults' turn to see how they measure up. -- ST FILE PHOTO: HOW HWEE YOUNG

Students in Singapore consistently ace international tests in maths, science and problem-solving but now it is the adults' turn to see how they measure up.

A series of tests has been devised to assess literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills, a method millions of 15-year-olds around the world have already discovered with Pisa, or the Programme for International Student Assessment.

About 5,000 people aged from 16 to 65 in Singapore have been picked for the exercise - known as the Survey of Adult Skills - which will assess literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills.

Nine other countries are participating in the second round of the survey, which is being conducted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). It started last month.

 
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LEARNING OPPORTUNITY

This is an opportunity for us to measure ourselves against and, at the same time, learn from other participating countries on how their education and training systems are developed and managed.

- Dr Gog Soon Joo,executive director of the Institute for Adult Learning

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