Type B (with more challenging tasks)
Introduction
This profile lists the reading, document use and numeracy tasks people typically do at work, home and school. Most adults in Canada have these skills, but not everyone has skills at a high enough level to do well at work or school. Find out how your skills measure up - take a Type B SkillsMarker assessment. The assessments have questions with tasks similar to those identified below.

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Reading at home, school and work
Read short text entries on forms, e.g. read short comments on an invoice to learn when a product will be shipped. (OALCF: A1.1) (Complexity: 1)
Read short text entries on signs, labels and packaging, e.g. read short instructions on packaging to learn how to use a product. (OALCF: A1.1) (Complexity: 1)
Read short text entries on reminders and notes, e.g. read a short note to learn when an assignment is due. (OALCF: A1.1) (Complexity: 1)
Read a variety of bulletins, glossaries, brochures and memos, e.g. read bulletins to learn about upcoming events and changes to policies and procedures. (OALCF: A1.2) (Complexity: 2)
Read handbooks and manuals, e.g. read manuals to learn how to operate and maintain equipment. (OALCF: A1.2) (Complexity: 2)
Read moderately complex instructions to learn how to complete tasks such as assignments and tests. (OALCF: A1.2) (Complexity: 2)
Read safety-related instructions and procedures, e.g. read instructions on Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to learn how to safely handle dangerous materials. (OALCF: A1.2) (Complexity: 2)
Read clauses in contracts for programs, packages and services, e.g. read contracts to learn about the terms and conditions regarding cancellations. (OALCF: A1.3) (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Read complex instructions to learn how to complete tasks such as assignments and tests. (OALCF: A1.3) (Complexity: 3 or higher)
 
Document use at home, school and work
Enter data such has names and passwords into simple login forms. (OALCF: B3.1a) (Complexity: 1)
Identify icons, e.g. identify icons used in the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) to identify the toxic properties of dangerous goods. (OALCF: A2.1) (Complexity: 1)
Locate data on signs, labels and packaging, e.g. locate expiry dates on product labels. (OALCF: A2.1) (Complexity: 1)
Locate data on simple lists and tables, e.g. locate the number of hours worked on a simple tally sheet. (OALCF: A2.1) (Complexity: 1)
Use flowcharts to determine the sequencing of simple tasks and processes.(OALCF: A2.2) (Complexity: 1)
Enter and locate data in moderately complex forms, e.g. enter information such as names, addresses, dates and times in registration forms. (OALCF: B3.2a) (Complexity: 2)
Find data on a variety of bar graphs, split bar graphs and pie charts. (OALCF: A2.2) (Complexity: 2)
Locate data such as statistics, classifications, times, temperatures, ingredients and quantities in a variety of moderately complex tables. (OALCF: A2.2) (Complexity: 2)
Locate data in a variety of complex tables, e.g. locate data, such as dimensions, tolerances, coefficients, identification numbers and quantities, in complex specification tables. (OALCF: A2.3) (Complexity: 3 or higher)
 
Numeracy at home, school and work
Add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers. (OALCF: C1.1, C1.2, C2.1, C2.2, C3.1, C3.2, C4.1, C4.2) (Complexity: 2)
Add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions. (OALCF: C1.1, C2.1, C2.2, C3.1, C3.2, C4.1, C4.2) (Complexity: 2)
Add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals. (OALCF: C1.1, C1.2, C2.1, C2.2, C3.1, C3.2, C4.1, C4.2) (Complexity: 2)
Calculate perimeters, surface areas and the volumes of solids. (OALCF: C3.2) (Complexity: 2)
Add, subtract, multiply and divide percents, e.g. use percents to determine how much the price of a product increased. (OALCF: C1.1, C2.2, C3.2, C4.2) (Complexity: 2)
Complete tasks involving simple interest, compound interest and everyday financing. (OALCF: C1.1, C1.3) (Complexity: 2)
Complete tasks involving linear and algebraic expressions. (OALCF: C1.2, C1.3, C3.2, C3.3, C4.2, C4.3) (Complexity: 2)
Complete tasks involving general numerical skills and ordered operations. (OALCF: C1.2, C1.3, C2.2, C2.3, C3.2, C3.3, C4.3, C4.3) (Complexity: 2)