What is Skill IQ?

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What is Skill IQ?

Skill IQ is how you can measure your proficiency in a technology skill. This measurement takes under 10 minutes and 20 questions to take.

Important: Some assessments needed to get a Skill IQ could be shown as BETA. This means we are still collecting data for those skills in order to give you the most accurate Skill IQ. In order to receive a Skill IQ, you must take the skill assessment again once beta is removed.

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What do Skill IQ rankings mean?

Pluralsight Iris is our skill assessment algorithm and recommendation engine. Each skill assessment includes an Iris Quotient (IQ) score. 

Skill IQ is a continuous score from 0 to 300. This is based on your percentile in that skill area. Pluralsight's exclusive adaptive skill measurements work by measuring your technical abilities relative to the population of users that have taken that assessment.  This does not measure your broad intelligence. Your percentile tells you how much more you know than others who have the same skill, ranked on a scale from 0 to 100.

The Skill IQ 0 to 300 scale is broken into five ranges:

  • Novice: 0–19th percentiles
  • Emerging: 20th–39th percentiles
  • Average: 40th–59th percentiles
  • Above Average: 60th–79th percentiles
  • Expert: 80th and higher percentiles

You will rank either Novice, Proficient (which includes the Emerging, Average, and Above Average ranges), or Expert depending on your Skill IQ results.

Skill IQ rankings, ranges, and percentiles

For example, if you receive a score of 103, your skill range would be Emerging, placing you in the 21st percentile. This would give you a rank of Proficient. All Skill IQ scores also include a date of verification which matches the date you completed the assessment.

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How accurate is Skill IQ?

Iris has high levels of statistical accuracy. Please see our Iris Frequently Asked Questions, and more information on Iris and the Skill IQ methodology.

Questions are added regularly from a large network of expert practitioners so that Iris is relevant and constantly evolving. The difficulty of the questions change based on right or wrong answers given by all individuals who have taken a particular assessment. The tests are short and comprehensive because they are based on modern test theories, Bayesian statistics, and machine learning to model skills and find questions which match those skills.

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How does Skill IQ know where a learner should start in a skill path?

Skill paths are structured into beginner, intermediate and advanced categories. Skill IQ provides a skill rating of 0–300 that falls into one of three rankings: Novice, Proficient, and Expert.

Your skill ranking typically aligns with where in a path to start. For example, a Proficient ranking would suggest that you start in the intermediate section of a skill path. Or, in the Above Average range of Proficient, you could possibly start in the advanced section of a path. A Novice skill ranking will almost always suggest starting in the beginner section of a path.

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How is Skill IQ different from other certificates or badges?

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.

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How does Skill IQ differ from vendor certifications?

Skill IQ ratings are not vendor certifications. The skill assessments are intended 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 assessments are less time-intensive and expensive than vendor certifications. This makes measuring your skill in a technology area more accessible. You can also remeasure your skill to keep your Skill IQ ranking current with your knowledge. 

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How is Skill IQ different from learning checks?

Learning checks are focused on helping learners check their knowledge of course material and retention and are best used as a learning aid. They can be retaken multiple times and are not timed.

Skill IQ looks at a skill in a much more holistic way, measuring the total level of the skill test taker compared to other professionals. The skill ranking 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 helps quantify skill level, determine what to watch to skill up, and validates growth along the learning journey.

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How do I add Skill IQ assessments to a channel?

Please see Adding content to your channel for instructions on adding Skill IQ assessments to channels.

Note: When a channel includes a Skill IQ assessment, all members of the channel will see their own individual Skill IQ scores if they've taken the assessment. Otherwise, they'll see a Measure now button.

On a team plan, plan admins and team managers will be able to see individual skill rankings and an average Skill IQ score for members of the channel. Please see Who can see my Skill IQ for details.

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If you need help, please email support@pluralsight.com for 24/7 assistance.