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APPENDIX PATHWAYS THROUGH THE SELF-ENUMERATED EXERCISE
FLOWCHART OF PATHWAYS THROUGH THE SELF-ENUMERATED EXERCISE
COMPUTER-BASED OR PAPER-BASED EXERCISE
1 If the respondent indicated in the background questionnaire that they had experience using a computer, they were directed to do a computer-based exercise. If the respondent did not have experience using a computer, or they refused to do the exercise on a computer, they were directed to do a paper-based exercise.
2 In the computer-based exercises, the computer calculated the respondent's scores and also collected processing information.
3 For the core booklet in the paper-based path, the interviewer entered the respondent's scores into the computer to determine if they were to proceed to the main exercise.
Computer-based Core exercise
4 Core Stage 1 of the computer-based path assessed if the respondent had the necessary basic computer skills (such as clicking, typing, scrolling, dragging, highlighting and using pull-down menus) to proceed with the computer-based exercises. If they did not pass this stage, they were directed to do a paper-based core exercise.
5 Core Stage 2 of the computer-based path assessed if the respondent had the basic literacy and numeracy skills to proceed to the main exercise. If the respondent passed this stage, they then proceeded to the computer-based main exercise. If the respondent did not pass this stage, they were directed to the Reading Components booklet (see paragraph 14 below).
7 The tasks in the main exercise were more diverse in complexity and subject matter than the core booklet, and were designed to provide an understanding of the skills of the general population.
12 The paper-based main exercise required the respondent to complete a booklet containing either 20 literacy tasks or 20 numeracy tasks. The computer randomly allocated which booklet to issue to the respondent.
14 The Reading Components booklet was designed to measure basic reading skills and contained three parts: word meaning, sentence processing and basic passage comprehension.
16 Refer to the OECD publication 'Literacy, Numeracy and Problem Solving in Technology-Rich Environments - Framework for the OECD Survey of Adult Skills' for examples of literacy, numeracy and PSTRE tasks.
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