ACT WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high-performance workforce. This series of tests measures foundational and soft skills and offers specialized assessments to target institutional needs.

As part of ACT's Work Readiness System, ACT WorkKeys has helped millions of people in high schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies build their skills to increase global competitiveness and develop successful career pathways.

Successful completion of ACT WorkKeys assessments in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information can lead to earning ACT's National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT NCRC), a portable credential earned by more than 2.3 million people across the United States.

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ACT WorkKeys offers a complete solution for employee selection and development. Our powerful solution includes both Foundational Skills and Soft Skills assessments, enabling assessment of the full potential of applicants and employees. The tools in this comprehensive system can be mixed and matched to meet diverse organizational needs. Our job analysis solutions allow for the establishment of organizational guidelines and benchmarks for employee selection and development.

From screening, selection, training, development, and succession planning, employers can use ACT WorkKeys assessments at every stage of the employment cycle.

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Job Seekers

Taking the ACT WorkKeys tests is an important first step to prepare for education, training, or a career. Because test questions are based on situations in the everyday work world, ACT WorkKeys scores help job seekers compare their skills to the skills real jobs require. These scores help employers choose the most qualified candidates for their jobs.

Successful completion of ACT WorkKeys assesments can lead to earning ACT's National Career Readiness Certificate. The Certificate is a portable credential that shows employers anywhere in the United States the achievement of a certain level of workplace employability skills in Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information, and Reading for Information. These workplace skills are highly important to the majority of jobs in the workplace.


ACT WorkKeys helps ensure that individuals are ready for work—and for life. Students take these assessments when they begin high school, typically in 9th grade, to help them understand the skill levels required for the careers they are considering.

Educators can identify the appropriate coursework and training for the students based on their pre-testing scores. ACT WorkKeys post-testing can be done with students in 11th or 12th grade. The same assessments should be used in pre- and post-testing to show the direct relationship of curriculum impact and learning. The ACT WorkKeys Scale Scores are sensitive to subtle score changes and can be used to show growth over time and to provide group comparisons in outcomes measurement. See the WorkKeys Scale Score Interpretation Guide (PDF, 1 page) for more information.

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