ALL (Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey)


New Zealand participated in the Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALL) in 2006. ALL measured the prose literacy, document literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills of a representative sample of respondents aged 16-65 from participating countries. ALL built on the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) which was undertaken in 24 countries - including New Zealand - in 1996.

For information about the individual adult literacy survey cycles, publications and frequently asked questions please refer to the 'Downloads/Links' box on the right.  For information about international ALL statistics and publications please refer to the 'Where to Find Out More' box on the right.

ALL Publications

The Ministry of Education has published a number of research reports based on the 2006 assessment, which are available from the ALL publication home page.

In 2005, the OECD and Statistics Canada published a comparative ALL report, Learning a Living.  This report covered the seven countries that had participated in ALL up till then.  In December 2011, the OECD and Statistics Canada published a further report, Literacy for Life which added in four further countries including New Zealand and Australia.

IALS 1996 Publication


Adult Literacy in New Zealand: Results from the International Adult Literacy Survey 

The information in this report provides a summary of the preliminary findings from a survey of adult literacy in New Zealand. The survey was conducted in New Zealand in March 1996, as part of a series of international surveys known as the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS). Twenty-four countries participated in IALS.

Author: Maurice Walker, Karl Udy, Nicholas Pole, Steve May, Glen Chamberlain & Fiona Sturrock
Date Published: 1996