Digital skills are becoming essential for everyone. At work, at home or at school, we use smartphones, computers and tablets and we need to be able to master them. To order pizza, to pay an invoice, or to schedule a work meeting, digital tools and the internet are indispensable for our lives and work. But how to know whether you have the right #DigitalSkills? And how to find training to get better?
What is “Test your Digital Skills”?
The new tool “Test your digital skills” or DigSAT (Self-Assessment Tool) is an online test launched by the European Commission which allows people to evaluate their own level of digital competence. Test your Digital Skills is based on the Digital Competence Framework (DigComp), a set of 21 identified and described Digital Skills for everything related to everyday life and for professional situations. For each skill there are 8 proficiency levels: the results of the test will allow each person to better understand their concrete abilities but also where there are weaknesses that may be limiting: 90 % of jobs today require at least basic digital skills, and the SAT tool helps you understand which ones you need.
The European Commission provides this service free of charge in 29 languages, including the languages of #DigitalBiblio project partners, and it is also an opportunity for #VET #libraries:
The test takes around 20 minutes to complete and, once done, you get a summary report of your skills level. In order to take the test, you will need to register and login and the results will be available in your Profile.
Test Your Digital Skills in the Digital Skills and Jobs Platform* (*registration needed)
The collaboration between Europass and the Digital Skills and Jobs platform #Home4DigitalSkills is a win-win initiative that aims to integrate the fundamental function of the Test. The users of the DSJ platform will be able to not only take the test, but after having received the test results, they will be also able to access plenty of trainings and information to fill the knowledge gaps identified by the test.
If the results of the test should show that your knowledge of basic online security rules is lacking, for example, you will find a number of basic online courses and resources to train yourself – and your colleagues and friends – in keeping your online life safe. We suggest you check this useful infographic.
How does Test Your Digital Skills work?
To start with, you will be asked to answer a few questions with basic information about your dream job and your educational level, and then a few self-reflection questions to adapt the test to your needs. After finishing the actual test, you will receive a score and a detailed report on your results, so you will be able to identify your strong and weak areas.
Once you have identified the ones that need improvement, you will find a learning roadmap that will help you identify and take courses to help you achieve specific learning goals: the Digital Skills and Jobs platform is there to give you a wide choice of trainings to reinforce or learn from the basics the digital skills you need. With over 100 training opportunities and programmes, the platform offers something for all levels, from the basic everyday digital skills to advanced academic programs on emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Cloud and much more.
If you wish, you can also take the test without logging in using this link. In this case, your results will not be available in your Profile.
The Digital Skills and Jobs Platform is financed by the European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility. The Platform is developed by a consortium of organisations led by European Schoolnet and consisting of Tremend, DIGITALEUROPE, LIKTA, European DIGITAL SME Alliance, Public Libraries 2030 and subcontractor empirica.
Sources of information: https://digital-skills-jobs.europa.eu/en/digital-skills-assessment and https://www.facebook.com/DigitalSkillsEU/