Adult skills

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The Survey of Adult Skills: Reader's Companion, Second Edition

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Proficiency in literacy, numeracy and problem solving differs widely across the countries and economies who participated in the Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC). On average, adults in the highest performing countries have a more than 80 score-point advantage (or more than ten years of formal schooling) on the literacy and numeracy dimensions over the adult population in the lowest performing countries.
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Country
Literacy, points, 2013-16
Numeracy, points, 2013-16
Problem solving, %, 2013-16
AUS Australia 280 268 38
AUT Austria 270 275 33
CAN Canada 274 266 37
CHL Chile 220 206 15
CZE Czech Republic 274 276 33
DNK Denmark 271 278 39
England (UK) England (UK) 273 262 35
EST Estonia 276 273 28
FIN Finland 288 282 42
Flanders (BEL) Flanders (BEL) 276 280 35
FRA France 262 254
DEU Germany 270 272 36
GRC Greece 254 252 14
IRL Ireland 267 256 25
ISR Israel 255 251 27
ITA Italy 251 247
JPN Japan 296 288 35
KOR Korea 273 263 30
NLD Netherlands 284 280 42
NZL New Zealand 281 271 44
N. Ireland (UK) N. Ireland (UK) 269 259 29
NOR Norway 278 278 41
POL Poland 267 260 19
SVK Slovak Republic 274 276 26
SVN Slovenia 256 258 25
ESP Spain 252 246
SWE Sweden 279 279 44
TUR Turkey 227 219 8
USA United States 270 253 31
OECD OECD 268 263 31
CYP Cyprus 269 265
Jakarta (IDN) Jakarta (IDN) 200 210
LTU Lithuania 267 267 18
RUS Russia 275 270 26
SGP Singapore 258 257 37