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The ACT WorkKeys® assessment is a challenging cognitive assessment tool administered at different levels depending on your job level and industry type.

Learn more about how to tackle this challenging test and prepare thoroughly with PrepTerminal’s Prep Course for ACT WorkKeys® Test.

Introduction to Prep Terminal's Guide To ACT WorkKeys® Test

Considered as a key element in ACT workforce solutions, the ACT WorkKeys® assessment test measures the essential skills needed for success in the workplace.

The test is designed to not only recognize and solve day to day workplace problems but to also gauge various soft and hard skills that are useful to any job, regardless of level or industry type.

Those who successfully complete the exam will be given the National Career Readiness Certificate or NCRC, a credential that validates the abilities considered to be the most vital in any occupation. Leading companies and universities nowadays require their applicants to have NCRC as it helps the company select the most qualified manpower for their workforce.

What Does the ACT WorkKeys® Assessment Include?

In general, the ACT WorkKeys® test aims to verify a number of skills or proficiencies of the test-taker, namely in:

  • Problem solving and critical thinking
  • Reading and understanding work-related text and documents
  • Applying mathematical reasoning to work-related problems
  • Locating, analyzing, and applying information that are presented graphically

Furthermore, the ACT WorkKeys® Assessment Exam is also used as a national admissions test regularly by schools to help them determine an applicant’s eligibility.

There are eight kinds of these assessment tests, each varying in the type of skills they measure.

As these tests are quite challenging, they require a good amount of preparation. Many examinees make the mistake of not familiarizing themselves with the exam’s mechanics with the common misstep being the miscalculation of the difficulty of the subject.

The way to earn a ACT WorkKeys® certificate is by completing three assessment exams.

These are: Applied Math, Graphic Literacy and Workplace Documents. The objective of each assessment exam is to measure and certify the essential work skills needed in order to be an effective employee.

ACT WorkKeys® Test Applied Math Assessment

In this ACT WorkKeys® Test, the examinee’s mathematical skills are assessed in order to prove that they have the ability to tackle and overcome problems that are numerical or calculation-based in nature.

Such things are common to occur in the workplace on a day-to-day basis no matter what profession or industry, thus the creation of this particular assessment. 

On its own, the test contains 34 items to be answered in 55 minutes, both in the online and pen-and-paper version. Furthermore, the ACT WorkKeys® Test Applied Math Assessment has five ‘versions’, or rather, Levels, specifically, Level 3 to 7.

The Level 3 version of the test is considered as the least complex while Level 7 is considered as the most complex one. This is because the higher the Level you choose to take, the more skills are assessed and incorporated from the previous levels.

This means if you chose to take the Level 7 test, you will encounter questions that can only be solved if you have the skills from Level 3, 4, 5, and 6.

Let’s take a look at them:

ACT WorkKeys® Test Graphic Literacy Assessment

In this ACT WorkKeys® Test subject, the test-taker’s ability to comprehend graphical data that is commonly used in the workplaced is assessed. This means they will have to answer questions that are focusing on charts, graphs, diagrams, and even floorplans, and it will be up to them to decide which information is necessary to the question and which is junk information.

The ACT WorkKeys® Test Graphic Literacy Assessment contains 38 items to be answered in 55 minutes, both in the online and pen-and-paper version. It also has five ‘versions’, or rather, Levels, specifically, Level 3 to 7.

Again, the Level 3 version of the test is considered as the least complex while Level 7 is considered as the most complex one. This is because the higher the Level you choose to take, the more skills are assessed and incorporated from the previous levels.

This means if you chose to take the Level 7 test, you will encounter questions that can only be answered if you have the skills from Level 3, 4, 5, and 6.

Let’s take a look at them:

ACT WorkKeys® Test Workplace Documents Assessment

The third ACT WorkKeys® Test subject that one will encounter in the ACT WorkKeys® assessment. The way the examinee’s skills are examined here are somewhat similar to the Graphic Literacy assessment but instead of charts and diagrams, the questions will provide passages in the form of company bulletins, announcements, policies, emails, contracts, and even website details.

In short, this test is meant to assess the examinee’s reading comprehension when it comes to workplace documents and how they apply to a particular situation.

This test contains 35 items to be answered in 55 minutes, both in the online and pen-and-paper version. It also has five ‘versions’, or rather, Levels, specifically, Level 3 to 7.

Level 3 version is considered as the least complex while Level 7 is considered as the most complex one. Once again, the higher the Level you choose to take, the more skills are assessed and incorporated from the previous levels.

Let’s take a look at them:

WorkKeys® Talent Assessment

Aside from the WorkKeys® assessments mentioned above, ACT also offers NCRC® Plus, a certificate that can be earned by taking the WorkKeys® Talent assessment. Unlike the other exams that assess cognitive abilities, talent assessment measures the examinee’s behaviors and attitudes.

Four areas that are directly related to workplace success are measured here: work discipline, teamwork, customer service orientation and managerial potential. The test results will give an idea of the examinee’s personal characteristics and whether they will be the right fit for the job or not.

How to Prepare for the ACT WorkKeys® Test

PrepTerminal’s ACT WorkKeys® Preparation Course has been painstakingly composed by our expert instructional team, who have spent countless hours studying and preparing a curated module-based study guide to walk you through everything you need to know to ace your ACT exam; they have put in the legwork to gather all the correct and most up-to-date information so you won’t have to worry about it.

With their help, we were able to produce a full curriculum-based course for an optimal structured learning experience that covers everything in the ACT WorkKeys® test so that test-takers can prepare and succeed despite its difficult nature.

This means that our prep course has study guides, practice questions, and full practice tests that contain all of the subjects, questions, and question formats that will appear in the actual exam.

Here at Prepterminal, we know that there are no bad test-takers, only ones that are more informed and more prepared. Secure your future by studying and practicing today!

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