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Level Scale Anchors

Purpose:Provide descriptions of O*NET Level Scale Anchors.
Structure and Description:
ColumnTypeColumn Content
Element IDCharacter Varying(20)Content Model Outline Position (see Content Model Reference)
Element NameCharacter Varying(150)Content Model Element Name (see Content Model Reference)
Scale IDCharacter Varying(3)Scale ID (see Scales Reference)
Scale NameCharacter Varying(50)Scale Name (see Scales Reference)
Anchor ValueInteger(3)Anchor value associated with element
Anchor DescriptionCharacter Varying(1000)Detail description of anchor associated with element

This file contains the scale anchors associated with the following four content areas – 1) Abilities, 2) Knowledge, 3) Skills, and 4) Work Activities. It includes all scale anchors utilized in the data collection survey where the scale anchors are variable and item specific. Scale anchors are not included for those survey items where the scale anchors are fixed. This includes the five-point importance scale and the seven-point task frequency scale. (Note: See O*NET Data Questionnaires).

The file is displayed in six tab delimited fields with the columns named Element ID, Element Name, Scale ID, Scale Name, Anchor Value, and Anchor Description. The six fields are represented by one row. There are a total of 483 rows of data in this file.

File Structure Changes:
Release NumberDescription of Change
5.1Added as a new file
6.0Added Scale ID column
7.0 - 8.0No structure changes
9.0The data for Education, Training, and Experience and Work Context were moved into their own files for data clarity purposes.
10.0 - 22.1No structure changes

Data Example - Level Scale Anchors:
Element IDElement NameScale IDScale NameAnchor ValueAnchor Description
1.A.1.a.1Oral ComprehensionLVLevel2Understand a television commercial
1.A.1.a.1Oral ComprehensionLVLevel4Understand a coach's oral instructions for a sport
1.A.1.a.1Oral ComprehensionLVLevel6Understand a lecture on advanced physics
1.A.1.a.2Written ComprehensionLVLevel2Understand signs on the highway
1.A.1.a.2Written ComprehensionLVLevel4Understand an apartment lease
1.A.1.a.2Written ComprehensionLVLevel6Understand an instruction book on repairing missile guidance systems
1.A.1.a.3Oral ExpressionLVLevel2Cancel newspaper delivery by phone
1.A.1.a.3Oral ExpressionLVLevel4Give instructions to a lost motorist
1.A.1.a.3Oral ExpressionLVLevel6Explain advanced principles of genetics to college freshmen
1.A.1.a.4Written ExpressionLVLevel1Write a note to remind someone to take food out of the freezer
1.A.1.a.4Written ExpressionLVLevel4Write a job recommendation for a subordinate

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