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WorkKeys

 Test given at Triton College Testing Center 
Room A-126 (Learning Resource Center)  

 

WorkKeys is the group of assessments used to measure the skills needed to obtain the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).

Taking the WorkKeys assessments allows you to:
   • Identify what skill levels you already have
   • Match your skill levels to specific job requirements
   • Prove you have the skills needed to be successful in the workplace

What is the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)?
An objective assessment of foundation skills to provide employers with reliable job applicant information based on aptitude levels in:
   1. Applied Math (Calculators are allowed for the Applied Mathematics test)
   2. Reading for Information
   3. Locating Information

The testing time for each of the assessments is 55 minutes.

 

How the National Career Readiness Certificate is used?
   • Employers can request the NCRC in employment postings and requirements for new hires to make better hiring decisions.
   • Employers can continue assessing skill levels to identify training needs and potential career pathways for incumbent workers.
   • Job Seekers can add the credential to resumes and employment applications when seeking employment to validate their skills.
   • Job Seekers can assess their individual skill gaps and pursue training/coaching/tutoring for remediation to increase employability.
   • Industries can require the NCRC as an entry level assessment for certification (Manufacturing Technology Certificate and Healthcare).

How are scores measured?
The National Career Readiness Certificate indicates you have the foundational workplace skills needed to succeed. To earn the Certificate, you must take the Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information assessments.

Certificate Level   Level Score Requirements   Percentage of Qualified Jobs in Workkeys Database:  
Platinum Minimum score of 6 on each of the three core areas Examinee has necessary foundational skills for 95% of the jobs in the WorkKeys database
Gold Minimum score of 5 on each of
the three core areas
Examinee has necessary foundational skills for 90% of the jobs in the WorkKeys database
Silver Minimum score of 4 on each of
the three core areas
Examinee has necessary foundational skills for 65% of the jobs in the WorkKeys database
Bronze Minimum score of 3 on each of
the three core areas
Examinee has necessary foundational skills for 35% of the jobs in the WorkKeys database

Student Identification
All test takers must present current and valid picture identification such as a driver’s license, passport, or picture student identification card. Expired identification is not acceptable.

Retest Policy
Students are eligible to retest after 30 days. If testing sooner than 30 days after the previous administration, it is strongly recommended that a person received intervention/training before retesting.

Practice Tests
To help individuals prepare and improve WorkKeys scores, individuals can review the assessment characteristics and sample questions at http://www.act.org/workkeys/assess/.

Full-length online WorkKeys practice tests are also available to purchase. The practice test will look and feel like a real WorkKeys test. The practice test includes two sample questions at the beginning of each test. Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information practice tests are available for $5.00 each. To purchase, visit http://www.act.org/workkeys/practice/.

 

Individuals interested in earning a National Career Readiness Certificate
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