Programme for the International
Assessment of Adult Competencies

Literacy

Literacy is understood as the ability to understand, use, and interpret written texts. It is a prerequisite for achieving one's personal goals, developing one's knowledge and potential, and participating in social life. Tasks in this domain include, for example, reading and understanding a patient information leaflet or a short newspaper article, as well as electronic reading tasks which require the respondents to read a job advertisement on an online portal.