The iSkills™ Assessment

ETS will discontinue sales of the iSkills™ assessment effective December 31, 2016. Learn more about the discontinuation of iSkills.

The iSkills™ assessment from ETS is an outcomes-based assessment that measures the ability to think critically in a digital environment through a range of real-world tasks. This one-hour exam:

  • Features real-time, scenario-based tasks that measure an individual's ability to navigate, understand and critically evaluate the variety of information available through digital technology
    • Tasks mirror the way individuals use information in academic, business and personal contexts
    • Test content is balanced among the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, practical affairs and popular culture
  • Delivers individual and group data for multiple uses, that can help you:
    • Meet information literacy and digital fluency requirements for accreditation and accountability initiatives and performance funding
    • Demonstrate program effectiveness
    • Enhance and develop curriculum
    • Evaluate students and make better placement decisions
  • Helps motivate students to participate and perform well on the assessment by allowing your students to earn a Certificate of Achievement based on their performance
  • Can also be used for placement and opt-out coursework, and to help identify when interventions are needed for students

Developed with the assistance of leaders from both two- and four-year colleges, the iSkills assessment requires students to demonstrate their ability to synthesize many different types of data and make sound judgments about what's accurate, relevant and useful. The assessment gauges how well students:

  • Evaluate the usefulness and sufficiency of information for a specific purpose
  • Create, generate or adapt information to express and support a point
  • Communicate information to a particular audience or in a different medium
  • Define an information problem or formulate a research statement
  • Access, summarize and integrate information from a variety of digital sources

When and Where Do Students Take the Exam?

There are no preset test administration dates. Testing is conducted at your convenience. The test is administered in a proctored environment on a computer employing the iSkills assessment secure browser. The online, proctored test can be administered on-campus by your staff or off-campus using a remote proctoring service. The newly introduced off-campus testing option provides the flexibility to securely test remote students or students studying with online courses.

Contact Us

For more information about the iSkills assessment, contact an ETS Advisor at 1-800-745-0269 or email ETS Advisors are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. ET.

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