is the largest and most comprehensive test of ICT skills in Slovakia with about 270,000 respondents during last 9 years. This year its official and certified part took place from May 3rd till July 31st. It is a verified way of digital literacy measurement that gives a real picture of IT skills level of the tested Respondent. The testing is mainly focused on the students of primary and secondary Schools to evaluate their readiness for further study or employment. The IT Fitness Test will remain suitable also for teachers of any schools and grades and is available for everyone free of charge.
"Thanks to support of Visegrad Fund, the Slovak National Coalition for Digital Skills and Jobs has been joined by the Visegrad Countries partners to introduce a new project IT Fitness Test 2022 V4 – public free online Test of digital Skills for Visegrad Group Countries."
IT Fitness Test consists of five areas:
- Security and computer systems
- Collaborative tools and social networks
- Office tools
- Complex tasks solution.
Each test respondent receives an electronic Certificate confirming the level of digital skills to know those areas to be improved (printed in the Slovak language).
IT Fitness Test will be created by an experienced team of pedagogues from the Technical University of Košice, Slovakia, experienced teachers from Slovak secondary schools and experts of Slovak Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition. However, we expect a cooperation with the skilled colleagues from Poland, Hungary, and Czech Republic. The test contents will not only be translated but must be also logically and semantically adapted to the national and geographical conditions of each Visegard Country. The aim of the IT Fitness Test is to supplement school education in the field of informatics and the use of information – for both students and schoolteachers. The test will also check whether pupils and students have improved in the use of videoconferencing and digital office tools during homeschooling distance learning. For other respondents IT Fitness Test can help to improve digital skills for their home life and job.
- Stránky Internetového inštitútu v ČR
- IT Fitneszteszt – gyakorlatban mérik fel a V4-országok diákjainak digitális készségeit
IT Fitness Test in Slovakia
is supported by the Ministry of education, Ministry of investments, regional development and informatization and government officials, and also has been supported by the EU Representation in Slovakia. IT Fitness Testing is a part of the European Commission’s “Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition” campaign, which is coordinated in Slovakia by National Coalition for Digital Skills and Jobs. It has become one of the most successful activities of this campaign, and the idea of IT testing has been echoed in other countries that have adopted the concept of online testing of IT skills. The IT Fitness Test project was awarded in 2014 by the European Commission for a comprehensive and innovative approach to increasing the digital literacy of young people in Europe.
„Last year’s testing was marked by the pandemic, and as pupils and students probably passed the test at home rather than at school, they used for the test the digital technologies they use for the online teaching. The past year has been a great opportunity not only for them, but also for teachers to improve their use of digital communication tools. Despite the many limitations during the pandemic, I think that this situation convinced them of the need to get acquainted with the modern technologies, without which they will not get far in life.”
Mário Lelovský, First Vice President of the IT Association of Slovakia and Chairman of the Presidency of the Digital Coalition
„The development of digital skills to be an integral part of modern education. Their importance and meaning have been fully demonstrated by the pandemic over the past year. Pupils, students, but also many of us adults had to improve their digital skills. For the digital transformation that awaits our society to be fair, all groups of the population must have access to it, regardless of age, social status or place of residence.””
Veronika Remišová, Vice-Premier of Slovak Republic and ministry of investments, regional development and informatization
„Increasing digital skills is the most effective way in digital transformation to innovate people’s potential for the future labour market, raise talents and preserve jobs. A well-adjusted digital education process can bring people to a qualitatively higher job level and bring more added value to companies. I consider the IT fitness Test to be an important moment on the path to acquiring new skills for the digital age. Knowledge of their skills levels and their subsequent improvement will enable people not to lose the advantage of being prepared for change in the digital world.”
Marcela Havrilová, The Director for Education at Microsoft Czech Republic and Slovakia
is an international donor organization, established in 2000 by the governments of the Visegrad Group countries—Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia—to promote regional cooperation in the Visegrad region (V4) as well as between the V4 region and other countries, especially in the Western Balkan and Eastern Partnership regions. The Fund does so by financing grants and awarding scholarships and artist residencies through its annual budget of €8 million annually provided by V4 governments.
of the IT Fitness Test 2022 V4 public free online Test of digital Skills will be available for Visegrad Group Countries subjects and individuals from late March or early April 2022 based on a public annoucenement and a direct e-mail to all schools.
Slovak National Coalition for Digital Skills and Jobs
was based on the initiative of the European Commission and was founded by IT Association of Slovakia and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of Slovakia – Ministry for Investment, regional Development and Informatization on September 27, 2017. Its goal is to mobilize across public, private, academic and civic organizations and institutions in Slovakia to improve the digital skills of citizens, IT specialists, all employees and in education. Nowadays the National Coalition has 83 members with more than 232 valuable pledges in various areas of digital skills development.