Questions about Skill IQ

Who can see my Skill IQ? Can I see others' Skill IQs?

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 administrator will not be able to see your specific Skill IQ score. However, your plan administrator 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 administrator 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.

Should I use Skill IQ ratings for hiring, firing, or 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.

How is Skill IQ different from other certificates or badges?

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.

How does Skill IQ differ from vendor certifications?

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.

How is Skill IQ different than learning checks?

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.