SkillsAct4Vet – Training

Module 3 - After the mobility

Unit 2: How to use the self assessment test

How to use it

The students may complete the online test here:

https://test.skillsact4vet.eu/

The test takes between 20 and 40 minutes to complete.

After its completion, the students receive two different results:

  1. The SkillsAct Report (description of the 5 soft skills)

  2. The SkillsAct Passport (with their level of each soft skill)

How to organise the self-assessment test upon return

The teachers leading the return session will be in charge of organizing, supporting, and following this process. An e-mail should be sent to the student a few times before their return date to follow the process.

Instructions for the analysis of the test results

Here you will find instructions about how to read the online test results shown by the SkillsAct Report and the SkillsAct Passport.

Τhe SkillsAct Report

After completing the SkillsAct test, each student receives a detailed report of his/her results. The report is composed of 2 pages: the first one with quantitative results, and the second one with the descriptive profile. As shown in the figure above, the report’s first page contains a graphic displaying the level reached for each soft skill and its description.

The students can reach four different levels of proficiency: from low to excellent.

Soft skills in which the student reached an excellent, high, or medium level are the skills appropriately used by him/her in critical situations. They are the skills that the student improved during the experience abroad.

Soft skills in which the student’s level is low are the skills he/she did not sufficiently develop during the experience.

They are skills that students can improve after their internship abroad.

The SkillsAct Passport

To recognise students’ strengths, we have also created the SkillsAct Passport, which describes the level reached for each soft skill (Excellence, High, Medium, Low). This makes it easier to identify the soft skills that are most developed.

Below is an example of the Skills Act Passport:

CompetenceLevel
Context readingExcellence level
Cultural awarenessMedium level
FollowershipHigh level
ProactivityMedium level
Self ConfidenceLow level

Excellent and High Levels = Strong areas

Low levels = Improvement areas

The Report and the Passport were designed to provide students with useful feedback about their strengths and areas for improvement. Thanks to them, the students can better understand their strongest soft skills, characterising their way of working and related to their talents. They also receive information about the soft skills that need to be further improved.

The analysis of a SkillsAct Report

Below, you will find an interpretative guide to the SkillsAct report. This guide presents VET trainers with some crucial criteria to consider. These criteria help to interpret the report.

Criterion I

SkillsAct soft skills can be grouped into three specific areas:

α) SOCIAL SKILLS
  • Include Context reading and Cultural awareness

  • The combination of these soft skills creates a profile characterized by a strong ability of adapting to new situations and challenges. People with these characteristics work well when they face new situations and meet new people.
β) PROFESSIONAL SKILLS
  • Ιnclude Followership and Proactivity

  • The combination of these soft skills creates a profile characterized by a great ability of reaching goals and results. People with these characteristics have the capacity of being very active and performance-oriented.
γ) SELF CONFIDENCE
  • Includes Self confidence

  • This soft skill is related to the ability of recognizing our strenghts, resources and capacities. People with this characteristic are very focused on self improvement and tend to trust in themselves.

Criterion II

Each student can receive the highest levels of soft skills in the same or different areas

Below, you will find three cases of possible combinations:

CASE 1 – If the combination is between soft skills of the same area:

Refer to the previous guidelines about each area (see Criterion I)

CASE 2 – If the combination is between soft skills of two different areas:

Combination of two or three soft skills with high levels in areas (α) and (β) characterizes students who want to create good relationships with colleagues and clients. At the same time, these students have a good level of autonomy and capacity to plan and coordinate activities with other people.

Combination of two or three soft skills with high levels in areas (β) and (γ) characterizes students who want to reach goals with strong proficiency. They also have a good level of autonomy and capacity to plan and coordinate activities for themselves.

Combination of two or three soft skills with high levels in areas (β) and (γ)
characterizes students with a strong ability to adapt their behavior to the requests of others (clients, colleagues, etc.). They also have a good level of autonomy and capacity to plan and coordinate activities with other people.

Criterion III

Each soft skill has a specific meaning, which better defines a persons’s profile.

After phase two, you must consider the specific level and description of each soft skill in which the students have received high levels.

An example can help you understand how to carry this process out:

CompetenceLevel
Context readingExcellence
Self ConfidenceHigh

This profile is therefore characterised by high levels of three soft skills, which are present in 2 different areas (Case 2 (α) + (γ)). After reading the description of Case 2, the information should be added, considering the specific soft skills in which the student has received high levels.

The description below shows the reports of the soft-skills with high-levels:

CompetenceLevelDescription
Context ReadingExcellenceYou show a strong ability to adapt in diverse contexts and with people way much different from you. You are interested to know the environmental rules and expectations. You are extremely good at adjusting your communication style with one of the people you are interacting with. Even in new contexts, you can adapt.
Self ConfidenceHighYou show reasonable confidence in your abilities. You are not afraid of other people’s judgment. You generally express your ideas with self-confidence. Facing a success, you can recognise your credit, just as you can understand the reasons for your failures.

These descriptions will clarify each profile and help you to support students during the professional guidance.