Type A
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 and take a Type A 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 comments, e.g. read short comments on phone bills to learn about extra charges. (OALCF: A1.1) (Complexity: 1)
Read short instructions, e.g. read short instructions on pill bottle labels to learn how much medication to take. (OALCF: A1.1, A2.1) (Complexity: 1)
Read short messages, e.g. read short text messages and e-mails to learn about upcoming events and meeting times.(OALCF: A1.1) (Complexity: 1)
Read short notes and reminders, e.g. read reminders to learn about tasks and assignments that need to be done. (OALCF: A1.1) (Complexity: 1)
Read bulletins and postings, e.g. read job postings in newspapers and on the Internet to learn about jobs and how to apply for them. (OALCF: A1.2) (Complexity: 2)
Read newspaper and online articles, e.g. read online newspapers to learn about current events. (OALCF: A1.2, A1.3) (Complexity: 2)
Read reviews, e.g. read reviews and blogs to learn what other people think about products such as computers and smartphones. (OALCF: A1.2, A1.3) (Complexity: 2)
Read sequenced instructions, e.g. read instructions to learn how to upload a new software program. (OALCF: A1.2) (Complexity: 2)
 
Document use at home, school and work
Enter data such has names and passwords into simple login forms. (OALCF: B3.1a) (Complexity: 1)
Interpret codes, symbols and icons on product labels and signs, e.g. identify hazard symbols on products such as cleaning solutions with bleach. (OALCF: A2.1) (Complexity: 1)
Locate data in simple lists and tables, e.g. scan tables located on food labels to locate the nutritional value of ingredients. (OALCF: A2.1) (Complexity: 1)
Locate data on gauges and other digital readouts, e.g. locate temperature readings using digital thermometers. (OALCF: A2.1, C3.1) (Complexity: 1)
Enter data into relatively complex entry forms, e.g. complete online registration forms by entering information such as names, addresses, dates and credit card numbers. (OALCF: B3.2a) (Complexity: 2)
Interpret technical drawings, e.g. use IKEA drawings to assemble a chest of drawers. (OALCF: A2.2) (Complexity: 2)
Locate data on relatively complex lists and tables, e.g. locate data such as dates, times, total minutes and charges on phone bills. (OALCF: A2.2, A2.3) (Complexity: 2)
 
Numeracy at home, school and work
Add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, e.g. total the number of eggs needed for a recipe. (OALCF: C1.1, C2.1, C3.1, C4.1) (Complexity: 2)
Add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions, e.g. add two fractions to determine the length of an object. (OALCF: C1.2, C2.1, C2.2, C3.1, C3.2, C4.1, C4.2) (Complexity: 2)
Add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals, e.g. add a series of numbers and subtract a discount to verify the amount owed on an invoice. (OALCF: C1.1, C1.2, C2.1, C2.2, C3.1, C3.2, C4.1, C4.2) (Complexity: 2)
Add, subtract, multiply and divide percents, e.g. use percents to determine how much the price of a product increased. (OALCF: C1.2, C2.2, C3.2, C4.2) (Complexity: 2)