ACT WorkKeys® assessments are the cornerstone of ACT workforce solutions. The assessments measure foundational skills required for success in the workplace, and help measure the workplace skills that can affect job performance. WorkKeys assessments are:

    • Relevant—WorkKeys® assessments are developed to solve actual workplace problems. Unlike other assessments, they don’t simply give an indication of reading and writing competency. Instead, they measure a range of hard and soft skills relevant to any occupation, at any level, and across industries.
    • Recognized—Successful completion of WorkKeys core assessments can lead to earning an ACT WorkKeys® National Career Readiness Certificate™ (ACT WorkKeys NCRC®)—a credential that verifies the skills found to be most essential across industries and occupations. Tens of thousands of employers recognize the value of the NCRC, and many recommend the credential to candidates.

    Each assessment offers varying levels of difficulty. The levels build on each other, incorporating the skills assessed at the previous levels. For example, at Level 5, individuals need the skills from Levels 3, 4, and 5. The complexity increases as the quantity and/or density of the information increases.

    The ACT WorkKeys is an alternate assessment to the ACT and can be used to obtain additional scholarship money through TOPS Tech for community colleges and some four year colleges. The ACT WorkKeys also provides students with a college and job “resume builder.” 

    There are three subtests of the ACT WorkKeys assessment. These subtests are Workplace Documents (35 questions), Graphic Literacy (38 questions), and Applied Math (34 questions. Students will have 55 minutes to complete each subtest. Based on their performance on these tests, students will receive a level score of 3-7 for each. Based on your three level scores you receive a WorkKeys Designation.

    Students may take a practice test. Please click on the links provided. These tests are graded automatically and will provide the student with a score.

    Workplace Documents Practice Test – https://goo.gl/VwwDPd

    Graphic Literacy Practice Test – https://goo.gl/vJhBww

    Applied Math Practice Test- https://goo.gl/Qydfnr

    Where Can I Use My TOPS Tech Award?

    Enroll in Technical Programs at the following:

    Colleges and Universities:

    Baton Rouge Community College – Baton Rouge, Jackson, New Roads, Port Allen

    Bossier Parish Community College – Bossier City Central Louisiana Technical Community College – Alexandria, Cottonport, Ferriday, Jena, Leesville, Winnfield

    Delgado Community College – New Orleans, Harvey, Metairie, Slidell

    L.E. Fletcher Technical Community College – Houma, Thibodaux

    Louisiana Delta Community College – Monroe, Bastrop, Farmerville, Lake Providence, Ruston, Tallulah, West Monroe, Winnsboro

    Louisiana State University – Eunice Northshore Technical Community College –Bogalusa, Greensburg, Hammond

    Northwest Louisiana Technical College – Minden, Mansfield, Many, Natchitoches, Shreveport

    Nunez Community College – Chalmette

    River Parishes Community College – Gonzales, Plaquemine, Reserve, Sorrento

    Southern University – Shreveport

    South Louisiana Community College – Lafayette, Abbeville, Crowley, Cut Off, Franklin, Morgan City, New Iberia, Opelousas, St. Martinville, Ville Platte

    SOWELA Technical Community College – Lake Charles, Jennings, Oakdale


    • Baton Rouge Community College Computer Science (AS)
    • Southern University – Shreveport Computer Science (AS)
    • Delgado Community College
    • Electrical – Elect Engineer Tech (AS) South Louisiana Community College
    • Industrial Technology (AS) Nicholls State University
    • Petroleum Services (AS) Safety Technology (AS)
    • McNeese State University Paralegal Studies (AA)
    • Elaine P. Nunez Community College Paralegal Studies (AA)
    • Delgado Community College Criminal Justice (AA)
    • Baton Rouge Community College Criminal Justice (AS)
    • L.E. Fletcher Technical Community College Criminal Justice (AS)
    • Louisiana State University – Eunice Criminal Justice (ASCJ)
    • LSUHSC – New Orleans
    • Dental Laboratory Technology (AS)
    • E. Fletcher Technical Community College Cardiopulmonary Care Science (AS)
    • Louisiana State University – Eunice Respiratory Care (AS)
    • Baton Rouge Community College Surgical Technology (AS)
    • Louisiana State University – Alexandria Radiologic Technology (AS)
    • Louisiana State University – Eunice Radiologic Technology (AS) Bossier Parish Community College
    • Nursing (ASN)
    • Baton Rouge Community College Nursing (ASN)
    • Delgado Community College Nursing (ASN)
    • L.E. Fletcher Technical Community College Nursing (ASN)
    • Louisiana Tech University Nursing (ASN)
    • Louisiana Delta Community College Nursing (ASN)
    • Louisiana State University – Alexandria Nursing (ASN)
    • Louisiana State University – Eunice Nursing (ASN)
    • Northwestern State University Nursing (ASN)
    • South Louisiana Community College Nursing (ASN)
    • SOWELA Technical Community College Nursing (ASN)
    • Southern University – Shreveport Nursing (AS)
    • Baton Rouge Community College Business (AS)
    • South Louisiana Community College Business (AS)
    • Delgado Community College Business Administration (AS)
    • Southern University – Shreveport Business Management (AS)
    • Southern University – Shreveport Accounting (AS)
    • Delgado Community College Accounting (AS)

    * Academic courses of study may change periodically. If one of these programs is removed from the list of approved programs while you are enrolled, you will be permitted to finish the program of study. You will not be permitted to begin a program after it has been removed from the list unless it becomes eligible again at a later date and you are still eligible to receive the award.

    Proprietary and Cosmetology Schools:

    • Aveda Institute – Baton Rouge, Covington, Hammond, Lafayette, New Orleans/Metairie
    • Ayers Career College – Shreveport
    • B.R. School of Computers – Baton Rouge Bastrop Beauty School, Inc. – Bastrop
    • Blue Cliff College – Alexandria, Houma, Lafayette, Metairie, Shreveport
    • Camelot College – Baton Rouge Cameron College – New Orleans Celebrity Stylist Beauty School – Monroe
    • Cloyd’s Beauty School – #1 West Monroe Cloyd’s Beauty School – #3 Monroe Compass Career College – Hammond Cosmetology Training Center – Lafayette Crescent City Career Institute – Gretna Delta College, Inc. – Covington, Slidell
    • Delta College of Arts and Technology – Baton Rouge, Lafayette
    • Delta School of Business and Technology – Lake Charles
    • Demmon Beauty School – Lake Charles
    • Denham Springs Beauty College – Denham Springs Diesel Driving Academy – Baton Rouge,
    • Shreveport
    • Eastern College of Health Vocations – New Orleans, Shreveport
    • Fortis College – Baton Rouge Guy’s Academy – Shreveport Herzing University – Kenner
    • John Jay Kenner Academy – Kenner Louisiana Academy of Beauty – Eunice
    • Louisiana Culinary Institute, LLC – Baton Rouge Medical Training College – Baton Rouge
    • Mid City College – Baton Rouge Moore Career College – Baton Rouge
    • Omega Institute of Cosmetology – Houma Pat Goins Beauty School – Ruston
    • Pat Goins Benton Rd. Beauty School – Bossier City Pineville Beauty School – Pineville
    • Remington College – Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Shreveport
    • Stage One-The Hair School – Lake Charles
    • Unitech Training Academy – Lafayette, Alexandria, Houma, West Monroe, Lake Charles, Metairie
    • Vanguard College of Cosmetology – Baton Rouge, Metairie, Slidell
    • Virginia College – Baton Rouge, Shreveport

    Other Schools May Become Eligible