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Programme for the International
Assessment of Adult Competencies


Numeracy is the ability to access, critically reflect on, and use different kinds of mathematical information to navigate the demands of different everyday life situations. At a time when people are frequently confronted with numerical and mathematical information at work and in their everyday lives, numeracy is of particular importance. Possible assessment tasks may include, for example, calculating material requirements in a crafts context or interpreting numerical information in graphs and tables. The tasks include different areas of everyday life and cover a broad range of demands.