Which version of TOWES are you writing?

TOWES is not a single assessment.  There are many versions of TOWES. Some tests web-based, some are paper, and they range in length and difficulty.

All TOWES assessments measure literacy and essential skills in the areas of reading text, document use and numeracy.

  • Some assessments measure all three essential skills (reading text, document use and numeracy).  Some measure only one or two skills.
  • Assessments range in difficulty.  Your administrator will select an assessment that is best suited for your needs.
  • The length of assessments varies.  Assessment times range from 1 hour to 3 hours.  Typically, paper assessments take about 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes to complete.  Web-based assessment normally range between 1 hour 15 minutes to 2 hours in length.

All TOWES assessments follow the same format.  The assessments contain a series of authentic documents from the workplace or from daily life.  You will use your skills to complete questions or "tasks" directly related to the documents.

You may not be familiar with the subject matter of the document but all of the information you need to answer the question is contained within the material provided.   You should be able to answer the question or "perform" the task because your essential skills are transferable from one situation to another.


Click here to see our complete list of TOWES assessments.

Do you need to write TOWES but don't know where to go? Check out our Authorized TOWES Assessment Centres for a location near you.



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