For the eighth time, the Slovak public had the opportunity to participate in a unique test to examine the digital knowledge and skills of ordinary users.
IT Fitness Test 2019, supported by us this year as well, involved more than 25,000 respondents not only among students and teachers, but also the general public. More than 200,000 people have been involved within the current eight annuals.
Equally to the previous year, the test consisted of two age-based categories. The first category was dedicated to students under 15 years of age. The second category was provided to students over 15 years of age. The youngest respondent was 7 years old, the oldest one 70 years old. The test consisted of five sections, each focused on a different area of IT capabilities and skills. The results of the IT Fitness Test 2019 became an indicator of the current state of digital skills of Slovaks.
We are pleased that the category of Security and Computer Systems which was the weakest last year placed now as the second best with 58,47%. In comparison, the success rate in this category was just under 21% last year. An improvement in the results in this area can be attributed to enhanced awareness as well as a tradition of testing. However, this topic still needs an intensive attention.
Surprisingly, the lowest success was in the Office Tools category this year – just under 37%. For example, the respondents had problems with text formatting or working with tables. These skills need to be improved, especially for students, because office tools are part of everyday life and even more of the future jobs of these respondents.
Digital transformation is getting deeply embedded into our lives. By supporting the IT Fitness Test, we appeal to the education of digitally skilled people, for whom information and communication technologies are not an obstacle, but a help.