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There are three basic types of literacy:

Prose Literacy

The knowledge and skills needed to read, comprehend and use information from items such as newspapers, books, magazines, credit card applications, etc.

Document Literacy

The knowledge and skills needed to read, comprehend and use information from items such as maps, schedules, time tables, calendars of events, instruction booklets, lists of courses, etc.

Quantitative Literacy

The knowledge and skills required to read and perform computations using numbers in a way that allows one to perform quantitative tasks, for example reviewing a super market or gas station receipt, bank or credit card statement, or a list of batting averages.

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