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21 July

ICDL Asia conducted a study named ‘Perception and Reality’ to measure the actual ICT literacy standards possessed by the tertiary students in Singapore, versus their perceived proficiency in ICT skills. To address the above stated objectives, a controlled survey was conducted with 373 students across 8 higher education institutes, mainly from Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic, National University of Singapore, Singapore Management University, Kaplan Singapore and PSB Academy.

Students were asked to rate their competencies (self-assessment) in tasks on basic ICT skills such as Spreadsheets, Word Processing, Presentation, Computer Essentials (including file and data management) and Online Essentials (web browsing and online communication) that are relevant for the workplace. Thereafter, students are required to attempt a 20-question online practical test on the above-mentioned ICDL modules, which are mapped to WSQ-ES framework.

The main findings from the study are as follows:

1. ICT skills gaps exist in Singapore.

2. Students with Engineering and IT background scored higher
3. Students’ performance are high for ICT concepts and File and Data Management  

4. On the contrary, students demonstrated lower performance on Word Processing and Spreadsheet, scoring 44.9% and 34.9% respectively.

Read full report here.