PIAAC (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies) is an ongoing international study of key competencies (literacy, numeracy and adaptive problem solving) that are important for adults aged 16 to 65 in order for them to be able to actively participate in daily social life.
This study is organised by the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) and conducted in Austria by Statistics Austria on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research and the Federal Ministry of Labour and Economy.
The PIAAC study is designed in ten-year cycles, with a PIAAC cycle consisting of a field test and a main survey. The field test of the first PIAAC cycle took place in 2010 and the subsequent main survey in 2011/12. The field test of the second PIAAC cycle was conducted in 2021 and the main survey is carried out from September 2022 till spring 2023.