The ACT WorkKeys is a supplemental 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.” The assessments measure foundational skills required for success in the workplace, and help measure the 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—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.
There are three subtests of the ACT WorkKeys assessment: Workplace Documents, Graphic Literacy and Applied Math. 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.