Digital Competence & Ability to learn Test (DCAL)
- based on EU Digital Competence Framework
and Five Dimensional Curiosity Scale

Testing for Core Skills

To hire those who possess the necessary digital competence and ability to learn, talent managers will require putting the job applicants through EasyTalent Digital Competence and Learning Ability (DCAL) Test.

EasyTalent DCAL is an aggregation of two assessments:

  • Digital Competence Test (which is based on the EU Digital Competence Framework)
  • Ability to Learn Test (which is based on the Five Dimensional Curiosity Scale)

Is your Workforce ready for the Future Workplace?

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EasyTalent Digital Competence &

Learning Ability Test (DCAL)

To hire those who possess the necessary digital competence and ability to learn, talent managers will require putting the job applicants through DCAL...


Raising Organizational Digital Competence is a crucial KRA of CHRO & TA Leaders

in era of Digital Transformation

One of the biggest considerations for HR leaders is to hire digitally competent people for future technology-rich work environments...


Digital Competence

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Essential knowledge, skills and attitudes related to Digital Competence

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EasyTalent Digital Competence Test

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Employees require Learning ability

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Curiosity quotient and Ability to Learn

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EasyTalent Ability to Learn Test (AL Test)

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Future of Work


Role of CHRO and HR leaders in

Digital Transformation

Digital Competence

Digital Competence is the set of knowledge, skills and attitudes that are required by employees when using digital tools and technologies to:

  • perform workplace tasks and activities
  • solve problems
  • communicate
  • manage information
  • collaborate
  • create and share content and
  • protect information and identities

Essential knowledge, skills and attitudes

related to Digital Competence

  • Individuals should understand how digital technologies can support communication, creativity and innovation, and be aware of their opportunities, limitations, effects and risks.
  • They should understand the general principles, mechanisms and logic underlying evolving digital technologies and know the basic function and use of different devices, software, and networks.
  • Individuals should take a critical approach to the validity, reliability and impact of information and data made available by digital means and be aware of the legal and ethical principles involved in engaging with digital technologies.
  • Individuals should be able to use digital technologies to support their active citizenship and social inclusion, collaboration with others, and creativity towards personal, social or commercial goals.
  • Skills include the ability to use, access, filter, evaluate, create, program and share digital content. Individuals should be able to manage and protect information, content, data, and digital identities, as well as recognise and effectively engage with software, devices, artificial intelligence or robots.
  • Individuals require a curious and forward-looking attitude to continually learn new digital tools and technologies and adapt to digital advances

Digital Competence Test

EasyTalent Digital Competence (DC) Test is based on the EU Digital Competence Framework in which there are 21 individual competences grouped into five competence areas. The DC Test also includes awareness of Digital Technologies and Digital Law in the workplace.

  • Information and Data Literacy
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Digital Content Creation
  • Safety, and
  • Problem solving
  • Digital technologies in the workplace

Digital Competence Areas

Information and Data Literacy

  • Browsing, searching & filtering data
  • Evaluating data, information & digital content
  • Managing data, information & digital content

Communication & Collaboration

  • Interacting through digital technologies
  • Sharing through digital technologies
  • Netiquette
  • Managing digital identity
  • Collaborating through digital technologies
  • Engaging in citizenship through digital technologies

Digital Content Creation

  • Developing digital content
  • Integrating and re-elaborating digital content
  • Copyright and Licences
  • Programming


  • Protecting devices
  • Protecting personal data and privacy
  • Protecting health and well-being
  • Protecting the environment

Problem Solving

  • Solving technical problems
  • Creatively using digital technologies
  • Identifying needs and tech responses
  • Identifying digital competence gaps

Digital technologies & Digital Law

in the workplace

  • Digital technologies (AI/ML, Cloud, Mobile, 5G, Blockchain, IoT, Social Media, Bigdata, cybersecurity)
  • Digital Law (IT Act)

Employees require Learning ability

To reduce the skills gap, companies will have to either train and prepare their employees, or they will need to persuade their employees to learn the required skills on their own.

As per World Economic Forum’s ‘Future of Jobs Report, 2018:

  • 25% of the companies do not intend to conduct any training for their employees, and
  • 66% companies would expect their employees to learn on their own

This puts the onus upon the employees to continually hone their skills and capabilities. They will have to proactively learn new digital tools and technical skills to prepare themselves to adapt to digital advances. If they don’t so this, they may find themselves becoming irrelevant in organizational environments.

Curiosity Quotient and Ability to Learn

Learning cannot happen without the yearning or the curiosity to know; and a curious person is constantly willing to learn and improve.

Curiosity is thus indicative of an individual’s ability to learn.

Curiosity quotient

Curiosity quotient (CQ) of employees, which gives them the ability to learn, has become one of the most important soft skills required to stay relevant in organizational environments.

EasyTalent Ability to Learn Test

Easytalent uses the five dimensional curiosity scale (5DC) to assess the individual's CQ and from that derive their ability to learn.

The Ability to Learn Test consists of a battery of statements, and the individual determines how closely each of them describes him/her.

From the responses, EasyTalent ascertains:
  • the degree of pleasure individuals derive in knowing new things and exploring new experiences (joyful exploration)
  • the efforts put in by them to plug any information gap or skills that exist in them (deprivation sensitivity)
  • the comfort they have in overcoming the anxiety of learning new things (stress tolerance)
  • their quest to know what others in the social environment are doing (social curiosity) and
  • the thrill they get in trying out novel and risky things (thrill seeking)

EasyTalent Ability to Learn Test uses its algorithms to analyze the five curiosity dimensions to determine the individual’s Ability to Learn score.

Role of CHRO and HR leaders in Digital Transformation

Digital transformation may attempt to change the way work was being done by introducing powerful digital solutions – but nothing will change on ground unless the workforce changes with it.