WorkKeys is a division of ACT, Inc that is dedicated to assessing what skills are necessary for employees to be successful in the workplace and then helping employees gain those skills through achievement tests. ACT studied approximately 13,000 job types across the United States. From this study, they learned that there are nine skill areas that are required to be successful in most jobs.
- Reading for Information
- Applied Mathematics
- Locating Information
- Applied Technology
- Business Writing
However, they also learned that three skill areas, reading for information, applied mathematics and locating information, were essential for success in 90% of all job types studied. For this reason, the North Carolina Career Readiness Certification is based on achievement in these three skill areas.
The WorkKeys tests are meant to measure an individual’s skill level in each of the three skill areas: reading for information, applied mathematics and locating information. The WorkKeys tests are not aptitude tests; they are achievement tests. This means that the WorkKeys tests are teachable — meaning that you can learn the skills to perform better on the tests.
Take the WorkKeys Tests
To assess your skill level, develop the skills you need to do well on the WorkKeys tests, and register for the tests, visit one of the Rowan-Cabarrus employability labs.