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Programme for the International
Assessment of Adult Competencies

The Research Data Center PIAAC (RDC PIAAC) has been accredited by the German Data Forum (RatSWD). The RDC PIAAC makes research data accessible to the scientific community and offers advice to the users. The RDC PIAAC provides German and international datasets in the educational field focusing on the adult population, especially on the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). 

If you have any questions regarding our offering, please do not hesitate to contact us.

>PIAAC scripts digital platform< 

PIAAC National
PIAAC International
Previous international literacy surveys


*** Complaints Office ***

FDZ PIAAC is accredited by the German Data Forum (RatSWD). The RatSWD runs a complaints office for problems with the use of data that cannot be resolved with the appropriate person in the respective FDZ. For further details please visit the RatSWD website:

PIAAC Methods Series

The Methods Series Analysis Scripts in Large-Scale Assessments in Education contains selected analysis scripts based on PIAAC data.

In addition, a digital platform— PIAAC scripts digital plattform—is available as an accompaniment to the Methods Series and provides existing analysis scripts based on previous research with PIAAC data.

PIAAC User Guide

The User Guide contains information about how to link data of the PIAAC Scientific Use Files to the PIAAC Public Use Files of other countries and how to deal with plausible values and the replication weights.

Tools available for the analysis of PIAAC data

Please note that special analysis software is required to account for the imputation of competence values and the complex sampling design. For this purpose various preconfigured analysis tools are available:

International Data Explorer (IDE)


Examples of use:

International Database Analyzer (IDB Analyzer)


Examples of use:

Log Data Analyzer


Examples of use:

PIAAC data analysis examples using various statistical software
LEO data analysis examples

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PIAAC Germany Reports (GESIS)
  • The national report (Waxmann) contains the results of PIAAC 2012 from a German perspective. A summary of results is available in German (3.5 MB) and English (2.8 MB).

  • In PIAAC migration report (printed by Waxmann) contains the results with a focus on the population with a migration background in Germany and internationally.

Additional PIAAC Material

LEO Reports (University of Hamburg)
AES Germany Reports

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Online Tutorials
Past Workshops

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PIAAC Bibliography: Link to list of all PIAAC publications and data sets we are aware of.

Note: On the webpage da|ra metadata you can search for certain data in the collection of registered research databases from the social and economic sciences.


Dr. Débora Maehler (Head of RDC)
Ingo Konradt

E-Mail: fdz-piaac(at)gesis(dot)org

Postal address:

GESIS - Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences
Research Data Center PIAAC
PO Box 12 21 55
68072 Mannheim