Skill IQ allows you to gauge your initial skill level, identify gaps, and measure how your skills increase over time. Here are some common questions about using it.
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- Who can see my Skill IQ? Can I see others' Skill IQs?
- Should I use Skill IQ ratings for hiring, firing, or promotion decisions?
- How is Skill IQ different from other certificates or badges?
- How is Skill IQ different from vendor certifications?
- How is Skill IQ different from learning checks?
- How is Skill IQ different from the Kaplan certification practice exam?
Who can use this?
When you see a Skill IQ rating from Pluralsight, it means that the individual has third-party verification of their skills and they have done more than just complete a course on Pluralsight. They have a scientific measurement of their skill that can be quantified.
If you use Pluralsight on a group plan, your plan admin will not be able to see your specific Skill IQ score. However, your plan admin and team manager can see your proficiency level (Novice, Proficient, Expert), and the average Skill IQ and proficiency level for a particular skill within the team. A minimum of five individuals on a team must have taken a Skill IQ, and a minimum of five Skill IQs have been taken on the group plan in order for this to be seen.
For example, your plan admin can see that you are Proficient in Angular and the team average is Novice, with a score of 60. However, they cannot see your exact score, for example, 145.
Pluralsight’s skill assessments are not designed to be used as a candidate screening tool in the hiring process. While the results of Skill IQ are useful to motivate users to learn and benchmark abilities within an organization, employers should be aware that Pluralsight does not support a standard set of features that are commonly perceived requirements for screening tools. As such, Pluralsight does not recommend using Skill IQ as the singular measure of hard skills in the hiring process.
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 (Novice, Proficient, or Expert) 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.
For other employment-related decisions, Skill IQ can be used as one of many data points and considered in context of other information the employer has available on the employee.
Pluralsight Skill IQ is a numeric assessment of your skill proficiency versus badges or certificates given for course completion or points for activities. Each Skill IQ measurement is built with high statistical significance by Pluralsight's content team and expert network, so you can trust the results.
Skill IQ ratings are not vendor certifications. The Skill IQ assessments are intended only to measure your skill proficiency in specific areas. While this measurement can be used in combination with industry certifications, they are not intended to replace vendor certifications.
Skill IQ assessments are less time-intensive and expensive than vendor certifications, which makes measuring your skill in a technology area more accessible. You can also remeasure your skill to keep your Skill IQ rating current with your knowledge.
Learning checks are focused on helping members check their knowledge of course material and retention and are best used as learning aid. They can be retaken multiple times and are not timed.
Skill IQ look at a skill in a much more holistic way, measuring the total level of the skill test taker compared to other professionals. The result or skill status provided gives the test taker a much better representation of their skill level compared to other professionals, and helps them determine what skills to watch next to keep advancing. Skill IQ is a great feature to quantify skill level, determine what to watch to skill up, and to validate growth along the learning journey.
Skill IQ measures your relative proficiency in a topic and diagnoses your strengths and gaps for development purposes, but it doesn't necessarily tell you how prepared you are to take a certification exam. For learners who want to build confidence and prepare to take a certification exam, we partner with Kaplan IT Training to provide practice opportunities. Learners on individual Premium subscriptions, Enterprise business plans, and Professional business plans have access to the Kaplan certification practice exams.
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