User Guide - Essential Skills for Employment & Education

User Guide - Essential Skills for Employment & Education
Client User Guide
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Table of Contents
About this website ............................................................................................................................... 1
Minimum computer requirements ...................................................................................................... 2
How to log in ...................................................................................................................................................... 2
How to see your program .................................................................................................................................. 2
Information about the essential skills profiles................................................................................................... 3
Built-in dictionary............................................................................................................................................... 3
American Sign Language (ASL) ........................................................................................................................... 3
Practice questions .............................................................................................................................................. 4
Information about the assessments .................................................................................................................. 4
How to take assessments................................................................................................................................... 5
Where to find your assessment results ............................................................................................................. 6
Understanding your assessment results ............................................................................................................ 6
How to see and use your Learning Activity Plan ................................................................................................ 7
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About this website
This website (http://en.esee.essentialskillsgroup.com) offers:

Assessments that measure three important essential skills – reading, document use and numeracy
skills.

Individualized Result Reports that highlight your skills and gap areas. Test results are available to
you immediately.

Individualized Learning Activity Plans that provide useful learning resources available on-line and
free-of-charge.
You can learn more about the website by clicking on
the information icon located on the top right corner
of each web page.
Click on FAQ to get answers to commonly asked
questions.
Click on Troubleshooting to get helpful solutions
to the most common technical problems people
have.
Click on Essential Skills Video for a short (less
than three minute) video that explains why
essential skills like reading, numeracy and
document use are so important to your success.
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Minimum computer requirements
This website can be used on a wide range of devices including personal computers, laptops, notebooks and
tablets. Smartphones cannot be used because their screens are too small to display the questions properly.
Before taking an assessment, be sure the device has a strong connection to the Internet. People who try to
take tests on a wireless network sometimes have problems – their connection may be too weak for
everything to work properly.
The website features audio clips. For example, it has a built-in dictionary where the definition of key words
are read out loud. You’ll need speakers or headphones to hear them.
How to log in
Your organization will give you a Username and
Password.
Click the Log In button located in the top right
corner of the site.
Enter the Username and Password provided by your organization and click Send.
The first time you log in, you will be asked to complete a short survey. The information you provide is
confidential. It is used to identify trends, like how many people are using the website, where most people
live, etc.
How to see your program
Once logged in, you will automatically go a
page that starts with “Welcome” and your
name.
Go to My Program. This is where all your
program activity is found. This page
contains the assessments you have been
assigned, your test results and your
learning activity plans.
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Information about the essential skills profiles
The assessments are based on two
profiles, which you can find under the
Profiles tab on the Home page:

Type A (less challenging)

Type B (more challenging)
The profiles help you understand what is being testing and how it’s relevant to everyday life.
Each profile lists the reading, document use and numeracy tasks people typically do at work, home and
school. Tasks are organized by skill and complexity ratings (i.e. Level 2).
Below is an example document use task statement:

Locate data on gauges and other digital readouts, e.g. locate temperature readings using digital
thermometers. (OLACF: A2.1, C3.1) (Complexity: 1)
Built-in dictionary
The profiles contain a built-in dictionary with
definitions for key words and phrases.
The words and phrases that offer this feature are blue
in colour and underlined, like this: bulletin.
When you click on the blue word or phrase, a window
with a written definition opens. If you would like to
hear the definition being read out loud, click the Play
icon.
Click Close This Window to end and go back to the
profile.
American Sign Language (ASL)
For those who are deaf and hard of hearing, key words
and phrases are signed in a short video.
Words or phrases that offer this feature are red in
colour and underlined, like this: scan.
When you click on the word or phrase, the video
opens.
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Practice questions
You can take a 10-question practice test before
you do the scored version of an assessment.
After you click the green Start Assessment
button, you automatically receive a series of
reading, document use and numeracy questions.
The correct answer is provided for each question, but only on the practice version.
Practice questions are not scored and they do not generate a Results Report or a Learning Activities Plan.
Information about the assessments
The web application tests three essential skills - reading, document use and numeracy. There is an
assessment for each skill. Test administrators select which assessments you receive.
The assessments are multiple-choice and include a variety of academic, home and workplace-based
questions. They start with a six-question Pre Test. How well you perform will determine which of the
following two assessments you’ll receive:

Type A is a 15-question
assessment.

Type B is a 30-qestion
assessment. It tends to
have more difficult
questions.
The average completion time for each assessment is listed below:
Assessment
# of Questions
Average Completion time
Reading – Type A
15
16 minutes
Reading – Type B
30
32 minutes
Document Use – Type A
15
14 minutes
Document Use – Type B
30
28 minutes
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Numeracy – Type A
22
20 minutes
Numeracy – Type B
40
40 minutes
How to take assessments
Go to My Program. Select the assessment you
want to do first and click the Do Test button
next to it.
A set of instructions will appear. Take a minute
to read them, as they provide useful
information.
Click the Start (Part 1) button at the bottom of the
instruction page when you are ready to begin.
Six questions will load. The questions are multiple-choice. To select an answer, click the circle next to it.
Click Next Question after you have selected an
answer.
Click Prev Question (“prev” means previous) to
go back and change an answer.
After you have answered all six question, you’ll
be invited to start the second part of the
assessment. When you are ready, click the
Take Part 2 button.
The Part 2 assessment is divided into four
sections. Once you finish a section and press
the Next Section button, you can’t go back and
change your answers.
You can do the assessement all at once or in
sections. If you want to take a break, make sure
you complete all of the questions in a section before you log out or you will lose your work in that section.
You will see this button when the entire assessment
is complete. Click it to exit.
It doesn’t happen often, but if something goes wrong while taking the assessment (e.g. the Next Question
button is not working), click the Report a Problem link located in the upper right-hand corner of the
question.
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Where to find your assessment results
You get a Results Report each time you take an assessment. It is available immediately.
Go to My Program.
In the Date column, click the assessment
results you wish to view.
If you see an empty date field, it means you
haven’t taken the assessment yet.
Click the View button below Results to see
your Results Report.
Click the View button below Build Skills to see your customized Learning Activities Plan.
Understanding your assessment results
On the front page of the Results Report, there is a section called Overall Score and an image like this:
There are two scores:
1. A score in the form of a level, such as Level 1. These scores start at Level 1 and can go as high as
Level 5.

This score is based on a standardized scale developed by Employment and Social Development
Canada (ESDC).
2. A number score found in brackets, such as (250). Number scores normally range between 200 and
300. It varies, but most jobs require skills at 250 or higher.

This score is based on the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) 0 to 500 point scale.
The chart below shows how IALS 0-500 scores match ESDC's 5-level scale. For example, a score of 255 on
the 0-500 scale falls within level 2.
The numeracy (math) results reports are different. In addition to the overall results presented above, it also
includes a breakdown of how you performed in each math skill area (e.g. fractions, whole numbers, etc.).
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Each section (i.e. fractions) has five questions. If you get four
or more questions correct (≥80%), you will receive a check
mark . If not, you will receive an orange X.
Note: It is possible for you to get an orange X and still get a
high overall score. The score is calculated using the results of
all the questions. For example, someone who scores 70
percent in all numeracy skill areas will see a series of orange
Xs but their overall numeracy score will still be relatively
high.
For all assessments, the last section of the Results Report takes a closer look at your test results. The or
the X tells you whether or not you can probably complete the task listed, based on the skills you have
today.
How to see and use your Learning Activity Plan
You receive a Learning Activity Plan immediately after you complete an assessment.
Go to My Program.
Click View under Build Skills.
Your customized Learning Activity Plan will
appear in a separate screen.
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It lists free online learning resources that
you can use to quickly and efficiently
build the skills you need. Your plan
focuses only on the skills you need to
build, not the ones you already have.
These lessons take you from your current
skill level to the level you need for your
program. For example, if you have Level
1 reading skills and you need Level 3,
your Learning Activity Plan includes
resources for Levels 1, 2 and 3. It’s a
good idea to start at your current level
and work your way up.
To open a link, click on the website
address. It is the long address
highlighted in blue and underlined. It
takes you directly to the lesson, which
you complete at your own pace. The
website program does not monitor your
progress.
To print your learning plan, click the Print Report buttons at the top or bottom of the report.
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