Advanced skills analytics

What you will learn

  1. Introduction to advanced skills analytics
  2. What you can do with advanced skills analytics
  3. Overview of advanced skills analytics
  4. Proficiency over time
  5. User view
  6. Common questions
  7. Getting more out of advanced skills analytics
  8. Next steps

1. Introduction to advanced skills analytics

After learning how to get started with basic skills analytics, see how you can view more advanced details about your team's skills. Advanced Skills Analytics gives a more in-depth breakdown of your team's individual skills. This information can give you specifics on what assessments individuals on your team are taking, what your teams strongest and weakest skills are, and the proficiency level.

Important: Advanced skills analytics is only available to Enterprise customers. For Professional plans, please see our article on getting started with basic skills analytics.

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2. What you can do with advanced skills analytics

Advanced skills analytics gives a more granular level of detail about your team's individual skills. This data includes information about the skills and usage of individuals within your team. With advanced skills analytics, you can:

  • Discover hidden talent within your team, which can help you determine who to put on what projects.
  • Identify skill levels across your team and close the skill gap within your organization.
  • See distribution of skills within a subject.

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3. Overview of advanced skills analytics

To get started, log in to your Pluralsight account and click the Analytics link in the left pane navigation menu. Next, click the Skills link at the top of the page. Then click a skill title.

In the example below, we'll take a look at this particular team's Javascript skill dashboard:


A. The first section is a summary of your team's skill level. Here, you'll find the average skill rating and number of assessments taken. This particular team has an overall skill rating of 130, which collectively puts them in the proficient range. To date, this team has taken 299 assessments and 264 of 1363 learners have been assessed for Javascript on the team. This could be useful for when you want to see how proficient your team is and identify opportunities to increase assessment totals. The Download report allows you to pull data for topics, users, or both. The user report will include historical skill assessment data per user. Each previous assessment will be shown on one line.


B. The graph shows the particular topics within a skill and where your team ranks. In the example above, you can see that the strongest topic for Javascript was Operators and Expressions with an average Skill IQ score of 143.

Tip: You can sort the Average Skill IQ column to choose between viewing your team's strongest and weakest topics at the top of the list.


C. Here, you'll find a more expanded info set for your team which includes a list of all topics as well as the ranges and amount of questions answered. You can sort all of these values by clicking on the headers to give you some insight into where your teams' strengths lie and where they can continue to improve and skill up. If you'd like to pull a report on this data specifically, you can choose the Download report button (found in section A) and for this particular section.


Note: Team managers can only view usage for their team members. Plan administrators have access to all analytics across the organization. Individual Skill IQ scores are not viewable.

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4. Skills progress

The Skills Progress section shows how learners’ skills have changed over time. The progress of learners is separated into initial skill level sections. Below each section is a sortable list which can each be expanded by clicking the View Users button to show individual learner details like their first and last skill assessment dates, team, and proficiency level. Unlike the previous sections mentioned above, the skills progress statistics are updated when you load the page.


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5. User view

User View is the most detailed section of the Skill Analytics page. This data will give you a more individualized perspective on your team. To download a report on this data, click the Download button (found at the top of the page), and choose the User Skill Levels option for this particular section.

There are many ways to use this data both in Pluralsight and internally. Let's say you have identified the Javascript experts on your team. This knowledge could perhaps help you internally for finding the right person for a Javascript-related project. You can also spot which individuals on your team are novices and pair them up with the experts to increase proficiency levels across your organization. The user view can help close the skills gaps found throughout your team.

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6. Common questions

Question: Can I see Skill IQ scores for individuals on my team?

No. Only proficiency levels are viewable.

Question: Can I download a skills report for an individual on my team?

Although we don't have a downloadable report for specific individuals on your team, you can still view who has taken specific skill assessments(s) on the advanced analytics dashboard. By clicking on their name, you will be able to see their skill assessment listed.

Question: As a plan/team manager, can I see any reports around path progress?

No new reports are available with the release of paths, but you can still use your existing reports to see progress of courses within paths.

Question: Can I use Skill IQs for hiring, firing and promotion decisions?

We believe that Skill IQs and Role IQs can be unbiased/objective data points used by Pluralsight customers to inform decisions around new team members and career paths.

If a user has been issued a business Pluralsight license, and has activated that license, a business may choose to use their Skill IQ and Role IQ levels in decision making. If a user does not have a paid and activated Pluralsight license, they may sign up for a free, personal account and choose to share their Skill IQ and Role IQ with their current or prospective employer.

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7. Getting more out of advanced skills analytics

Now that you've learned how to use skills analytics, let's explore more ways to enable your team:

  • Take a look at a particular topic within a skill. Determine where your team is "novice" and consider focusing on that to increase overall competencies.
  • Think of ways to create internal mentorships within your organization and guide their learning by creating channels.
  • Focus on individuals within your team and create a cadence to discuss growth and acquired knowledge. 

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7. Next steps

Ready to master another part of our analytics tool? Feel free to take a glance at our other getting started articles below:

Get started with basic analytics

Get started with advanced analytics (Enterprise only)

Users analytics

Courses analytics

Usage analytics

Subjects analytics

Basic skills analytics

Basic channels analytics

Roles analytics

Advanced skills analytics

Advanced channels analytics


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