The 2015 ECDL Study by ECDL Switzerland found a lack of adequate computer skills in Switzerland, and a lack of awareness of the problem. On average, participants in the study scored less than 50% in a practical test, and more than two-thirds of participants overestimated their computer skills.
More than 2000 people took part in the study, which was conducted in spring 2015, and almost 500 of those participants put their skills to the test in a practical test using questions from the four ECDL Base modules. The Base modules cover the range of basic tasks that computer users need to be able to perform, including working with files, using word processors and spreadsheets, and using the web and email. The questions used were drawn from the diagnostic tests for these modules, which are designed specifically to give a good overview of a person’s existing knowledge. On average, participants only achieved a score of 46%, well below the level needed to pass a module and demonstrate digital competences.