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CAD skills get benchmark test

The first attempt to launch an industry standard for CAD skills in respect of accuracy and speed is launched this week, in conjunction with The Architects' Journal and with the support of the RIBA.

CADtest (see Architech, page 46) , available on CD-ROM or the internet, is suitable both for employers who may wish to test job applicants and employees who want to rank their performance against benchmarks already established using volunteers in the development of the test. The test involves following clear instructions in respect of, for example, drawing, rotating, adding and removing, using AutoCAD. It can be undertaken at any speed; scores and times will be recorded for future reference.

Volunteers have produced a surprisingly wide range of results for what is a test of basic skills rather than design originality, but have provided enough evidence for CADtest users to get a clear idea of what would be a reasonable level of accuracy within given time frames.

New versions of the test will be produced later this year, both replicating the original level of difficulty and increasing it for more advanced 'performers'. Tests will also be available using Microstation and ArchiCAD.

AJ readers who take up the launch offer are entitled to a free test when you register, price £84 per test.There are discounts for multiple tests which would be suitable for practices intending to use the test routinely for internal assessments and potential employees.For details see the advertisement on pages 22-23.

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