Basic skills analytics


What you will learn

  1. Introduction to skills analytics
  2. What you can do with skill analytics
  3. Overview of skills analytics
  4. Skills analytics report download
  5. Common questions
  6. Next steps

1. Introduction to skills analytics

Skills Analytics is used to analyze, measure, and improve your teams' learning on Pluralsight. This report presents a collection of data from skill assessments taken by individuals on your team. 

Skill assessments are used to measure your teams' skills across Pluralsight. An individual on your team can pick a skill and take an assessment. These assessments are collected using our in-house algorithm and skill assessment recommendation tool, Iris. Iris will take this information and determine a Skill IQ for your team members. This Skill IQ is a quantifiable skill level based on a percentile rating for a skill and is weighed against others in the industry.

Tip: Want to learn more about our assessments and how they work? Take a peek at our articles on Iris and Skill IQ.


In this article, you'll gain knowledge on some of the tools and report features available and how these benefit your team. 

Note: If you're an Enterprise Plan customer, check out our getting started with advanced skills analytics article to discover more.

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2. What you can do with skills analytics

Skills Analytics were designed to give you a snapshot of your team members' skill levels. These snapshots can help:

  • Leverage average skill ratings
  • Identify areas of expertise and gaps in knowledge across your organization
  • Quantify expertise as well as track personal and collective growth within your team. 


  • Inform you in order to create learning pathways within your organization
  • Gauge your team against industry benchmarks

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3. Overview of skills analytics

To get started, log in to your Pluralsight account and click on Analytics using the left pane navigation. Next, click on Skills from the top center panel.

Tip: Did you know you can also access the Skills Analytics view from the bottom of your dashboard? Log in, and scroll to the bottom of your dashboard. Find the Average skill ratings with distributions and click Details in the upper-right corner.


A. This area gives a broad overview of your teams skills and usage. Here you will see the Skills Assessed, the amount of Assessments Taken, and the amount of Users Assessed (taken/total users on team).


B. This section highlights the Skill IQs for your team. Skill IQ allows you to gain insight into the proficiency levels of your team and gauge them against industry benchmarks using a percentile. Skill levels are broken up into Novice, Proficient, and Expert. To determine these skill levels, individuals on your team can take an adaptive skill assessment. To take a closer look at how your team is doing, you can click on that particular skill and corresponding Skill IQ number. Using the drop down, you can sort your team based on Most Popular Skills, Strongest Skills, and Weakest Skills

Important: In order for your teams Skill IQ to populate for a given skill, 5 unique user scores are required to show data. The reason for this is to protect the personal information of the users on your team.


C. You can view the Skill, Average Skill IQ, Skill Level, 20th Percentile (average), 80th Percentile (average), number of Assessments Taken, and Unique Users for each Skill. These can be sorted from highest to lowest values or alphabetically by skill. This information is also found in the report download which we cover below.


D. Need to pull a report of your team? You can do so by selecting the Download Report icon. This will automatically download a CSV file for your team and will include the information found in the Average Skill IQ section.

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4. Skills analytics report download

The Skills analytics report is updated in real-time for all active users on your plan. By default, the report is downloaded in a CSV file format and reflects the information found in the "Average Skill IQs" section. You can also filter the data for your team using the dropdown menu next to the download button.

An example and breakdown of a Skills Report can be found below:


A. Skill: This will show the Skills utilized by your entire team. If a Skill has not been taken, it will not show in this report.

B. Avg. Skill Rating: This represents the average percentile of your team. This number is determined by taking all the results of your team and averaging them. This view gives a great overview of your team as they relate to a skill.

C. 20th Percentile: The average range within the 20th percentile. This is a helpful metric to see where your team can skill up and become more proficient.

D. 80th PercentileThe average range within the 80th percentile. Use this to determine where your expertise is within your team.

E. Assessments Taken: The number of total assessments taken within your group.

F. Unique Users: The included users on your team that have taken a particular skill assessment.

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5. Common questions

Question: Can I get the actual score for users that have taken an assessment?

If you are on an Enterprise plan you'll have access to the individual report view. This view will give you the skill level (Novice, Proficient, Expert) of the individual but will not allow you to see the actual score. We cover more on this in our getting started with advanced skills analytics article.

Question: How long does it take for skill measurements to show on a report?

Skill reporting and usage are updated in real-time. For more information on how other Analytics reports populate, feel free to check out our article on data population.

Question: Why aren't graphs and averages showing up on the dashboard?

In order for the graphs and data to populate on the dashboard, you need 5 skills completed with 5 results.

Question: Can my team retake an assessment?

Absolutely! Retaking an assessment and scoring higher will toss out the lower score. Additionally, you can measure these improvements after watching 60% of the path level.

Question: If I join a team, is my usage data carried over from my individual plan?

It depends. If you have an individual Pluralsight plan and are invited to a Enterprise or Professional team, you must use the email of your individual plan when accepting the invitation. If you accept under a different email (for example, your company email), you will not have the progress carried over.

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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6. Next steps

Congratulations! You now know all about our Basic Skill Analytics.

If you are an Enterprise Plan customer, jump into the getting started with advanced skills analytics article. In it, you'll take a look at some of the more granular details found in the Skills Analytics for individuals within your team.

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