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The Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) is designed to measure an adult's level of educational achievement. This battery includes subtest in Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Spelling, Number Operation, Problem Solving, Mechanical Reasoning, Language, Science, and Study Skills. There are four levels of CAAT: level A is for adults who have had one to three years of formal education; level B is for adults who have had four to six years of formal education; level C is for adults who have had at least seven to ten years of formal education and may or may not have finished high school and level D is for adults who have had eleven to twelve or more years of formal education and have probably finished high school. Not all levels include all subtests.
The CAAT assesses and describes learners' generic skills in such areas as phonics, reading school related text, identifying misspelled words, drawing inferences from different types of reading material, addition and subtraction or consumer related problem solving abilities. To give the reader a sense of the content of these various subtests, a few are described below.
The vocabulary subtest is designed to assess the knowledge and understanding of words that are frequently encountered by adults in their work or daily activities. Thirty-four multiple choice items include words sampled from applied or general vocabulary, from vocabulary of the physical and natural sciences and from vocabulary of the social sciences. The problem solving subtest consists of twenty-one problems and measures an examinee's ability to determine an outcome, to record and retrieve information, and to use geometric concepts to measure. Using whole numbers, decimals, percents and fractions, the learner is requested to solve problems an adult is likely to encounter. The language subtest is taken from the Stanford Test of Academic Skills and is designed to measure a learner's functional knowledge and effective use of the English language. This subtest is made up of fifty-four items and is organized into four parts: reference skills, language sensitivity, conventions and paragraph arrangements.