What is WorkKeys?
WorkKeys is a system of assessments, curriculum, and skill profiles that builds and measures essential workplace skills that can affect job performance and increase opportunities for career changes and advancement.
All North Carolina public school students who are identified as having a Career and Technical Education (CTE) concentration or are expected to have a concentration by the time of graduation from high school, are eligible to participate in the ACT WorkKeys Assessment. A CTE concentrator is a student who has earned four or more technical credits in a Career Cluster, at least one of which is a completer course. There are three required ACT WorkKeys assessments:
- Applied Math
- Graphic Literacy
- Workplace Documents
All students who complete a portion of the assessment will receive an individualized student score report, which can be downloaded through Validus by the school-level test coordinator. Students who meet the eligibility requirements will earn an ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT WorkKeys NCRC).
Starting in fall 2017, the NCDPI will not provide paper certificates; Career and Technical Education (CTE) will continue to provide a “Student Congratulation Letter” for ACT WorkKeys test coordinators to duplicate for each student earning an ACT WorkKeys NCRC. The “Student Congratulation Letter” will direct students to the ACT MyWorkKeys.com link for instructions to create an account and to view their test scores. Once students view their test scores, they can create, print, and share their ACT WorkKeys NCRC with employers.
Who takes WorkKeys?
The ACT WorkKeys will be given to all eligible early graduates and seniors during the week of November 28-December 3, 2022.
WorkKeys descriptions and sample questions
Online practice tests
NC Employers supporting NCRC