What is Skill IQ?

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. Skill IQ helps identify where you should begin learning in a given technology's path.

Note:  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.

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What do Skill IQ ratings mean?

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

The Pluralsight 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 benchmarking your skill level compared to other professionals who also use the technology. Your percentile tells you how much more you know than others who have the same skill, and rated on a scale from 0 to 100. The skill rating range from 0 to 300 is broken into three levels:

  • Novice: This level contains the 1st-20th percentiles
  • Proficient: This level contains the 21st-80th percentiles
  • Expert: This level contains the 81st and higher percentiles

For example, if you receive a score of 150 in a skill area, you would fall under the Proficient and your percentile rating would fall somewhere between the 21st and 80th percentiles. 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 the largest 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 in 3 levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Skill IQ provide a skill status or rating that fall, in three levels: novice, proficient, and expert. 

Your skill status typically aligns with where in a path to start. For example, a proficient status would suggest starting in the intermediate section of a skill path, or in the upper levels of the proficient you could possibly start with the advanced section of a path. Novice skill status 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 IQ 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 IQ 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 rating current with your knowledge. 

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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 looks 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 helps quantify skill level, determine what to watch to skill up, and to validate growth along the learning journey.

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