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Essential Skill 1:  Reading Text  


Reading sentences or paragraphs. For example: notes, letters, emails, magazines, manuals, regulations, books, reports, product labels, legal agreements. Includes words on paper and words on a screen.


Essential Skill 2:  Document Use
                           
 


Understanding visual images such as graphs, lists, tables, drawings, symbols, signs, maps, labels, forms, x-rays. The visual display or arrangement gives meaning to the content.


Essential Skill 3:  Numeracy  


Using numbers and being able to think in terms of “amounts”. For example: Money math, Scheduling or budgeting/accounting, Measurement/calculation, Data analysis, and Estimation may require solving problems by using numbers.


Essential Skill 4:  Writing   


Writing words to share ideas. For example: Writing notes, emails, letters, reports, orders, logbook entries, text messages. Includes “pen and paper” writing and keyboarding.


Essential Skill 5:  Oral Communication
                           
 


Speaking and listening to share thoughts or information. For example: greeting, telling stories, giving advice, sharing ideas, facilitating, coordinating tasks, explaining, discussing. Can be face-to-face, or using technology.


Essential Skill 6:  Working With Others
                             
  


Interacting with family, friends, community members, students and co-workers to accomplish tasks together.

Essential Skill 7:  Thinking Skills
                           
 


Using your brain to: Solve problems, Make decisions, Think critically, Plan and organize tasks, Remember and Find information


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Essential Skill 8:  Digital Technology
                           
  


Using technology. For example: computers, cell phones, GPs, digital cameras, iPods, and MP3s, gaming devices, computerized cash registers, Blackberries, iPhones. Includes using the Internet and email.


Essential Skill 9:  Continuous Learning
                           
 


Gaining skills and knowledge throughout life. Includes: Learning how to learn, Understanding your learning style, Knowing how to find resources and learning opportunities.


Assessment

Essential Skills Indicator

What is the indicator?

The essential skills Indicator will help you gain a better understanding of your essential skills levels. It contains a series of short quizzes that will provide an indication of your skill strengths and areas that may… Continue reading

WESA – Douglas College

WORKPLACE ESSENTIAL SKILLS ASSESSMENT

WESA, the Workplace Essential Skills Assessment tool is a scientifically validated test that measures one’s Essential Skill levels in the domains of reading, document use and numeracy using the 500 point IALS scale that relate to… Continue reading