Programme for the International
Assessment of Adult Competencies

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The Research Data Centre PIAAC (RDC PIAAC) informs on this website about the current PIAAC datasets. To download PIAAC data via GESIS Data Catalogue (DBK), ordinarily a registration (Registration) and signing a data distribution contract is required. Several documents such as variable reports and questionnaires are available without registration. Furthermore, we offer PIAAC data users the possibility to work with more sensitive data (e.g., regional data) at our GESIS Secure Data Center (SDC).

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


PIAAC National
PIAAC International
Previous international literacy surveys


*** Complaints Office ***

FDZ PIAAC is accredited by RatSWD. 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 website RatSWD:

Methodical Advice

Tools for the analysis

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. 

User Guide
  • The User Guide contains, for example, information about how to link data of the PIAAC Scientific Use Files to the PIAAC Public Use Files of other countries or to deal with plausible values and the replication weights.
  • Errata for the public use file are available on the OECD website.
  • Errata for the data sets provided by the RDC PIAAC are available in the data catalog under the menu item "Errata & Versions".
  • PIAAC Research Wiki & Discussion serves also as international discussion forum.


National Result Reports (GESIS)
  • The national report (printed by 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.

Technical Reports
Additional PIAAC Material


Workshops 2018
Past Workshops




The aim of this bibliography is to give a brief overview of the publications based on PIAAC. In focus are (technical) reports, contributions in edited volumes, monographs, conference papers, theses, etc. Short abstracts of the literature can also be included.

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PIAAC publication list (APA Style)

  • Link to list of all PIAAC publications we are aware of

Citation example of data sets

  • Rammstedt, B., Martin, S., Zabal, A., Konradt, I., Maehler, D., Perry, A., . . . Helmschrott, S. (2016). Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), Germany - Reduced Version. Data file version 2.2.0 [ZA5845]. Cologne: GESIS Data Archive. doi:10.4232/1.12660


*** Please report your publication based on PIAAC to the following mail address: *** 



Dr. Débora Maehler (Head of RDC)

Ingo Konradt

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

Telefax: +49/621/1246-500

Postal address:

Research Data Center PIAAC

GESIS - Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences

PO Box 12 21 55

68072 Mannheim