Literacy Levels


  • The ability to understand, evaluate, use and engage with written texts to participate in society.


  • The ability to access, use, interpret, and communicate mathematical information and ideas.

Problem Solving in a Technology Rich Environment

  • The ability to use digital technology and communication tools and networks.

Literacy Levels

Level 1 and Below

Adults can read relatively short digital text or print to locate a single piece of information that is identical to information given in a question or directive.

Level 2

Adults can integrate two or more pieces of information based on criteria, compare and contrast, or reason about information, and make low-level inferences.

Level 3

Adults performing at Level 3 can understand and respond appropriately to dense or lengthy texts.

They can also perform multi-step operations and select relevant data from competing information in order to identify and formulate responses.

Levels 4 and 5

At Level 4, adults can perform multiple-step operations to integrate, interpret, or synthesize information from complex texts that involve conditional and/or competing information.

Level 5 is the highest proficiency level. Adults at this level can perform tasks that involve searching for and integrating information across multiple dense texts.

Level 3 is the level that is required to fully participate in today’s knowledge economy.