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What We Test — and Why

WorkKeys® is a skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a quality workforce. The assessments measure foundational and soft skills.

WorkKeys assessments measure skills that employers feel are essential to success in the workplace. Students, job seekers, and seasoned professionals can use WorkKeys to learn more about their strengths and weaknesses and gain a valid way to demonstrate their abilities to employers. Educators and employers can use it to help take the guesswork out of determining student, applicant, and employee qualifications.

Each WorkKeys 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 can also increase the quantity and/or density of the information increases.

Successful completion of WorkKeys assessments in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information can lead to earning the National Career Readiness Certificate™ (NCRC®), a portable credential earned by more than 3 million people across the United States. Examinees that complete Spanish-language versions of the assessments are eligible to earn the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate en Español.

Registration Information

  • Cost $38.50 per assessment - Test Administration Fee
    All testing fees are non-refundable, non-transferable and the test may not be rescheduled.
  • The test can be taken once every 30 days.
  • Each assessment is 55 minutes.

Test Center Regulations

Examinees are required to be professional, civil and respectful at all time while on the premises of the Test Center. All exams are continuously monitored by video and audio recording, physical walk-through, and through the observation window. The Test Center Staff is authorized to dismiss you from the test session for a violation of any of the Test Center Regulations, including exhibiting abusive behavior towards the Test Center Staff or other examinees.There will a brief security check upon entry to the test room.

What to Bring- IMPORTANT!!

You are responsible for, and thus important for you to pay attention to the following:


  • You must present one valid, unexpired form of identification (ID). 
  • Your photo ID must match exactly the name you used when registering. Student ID's will not be accepted. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • The primary ID must be government-issued and contain both a photograph and a signature.  Acceptable forms of ID include:
    • Current driver's license
    • State Approved ID
    • Current Passport
    • Military ID
    • Tribal ID
  •  Hoodies, sweaters, jackets, coats or outerwear are NOT permitted in the testing rooms. It is suggested to dress accordingly (long sleeves) or you may not be permitted to test.

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