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Work Keys  



  National Career
Readiness Certificate
  • Bronze

  • Silver

  • Gold

  • Platinum



ACT's National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a portable credential that demonstrates achievement and a certain level of workplace employability skills in Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information, and Reading for Information.

Individuals can earn the NCRC by taking three WorkKeys® assessments:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Locating Information
  • Reading for Information

WorkKeys assessments measure "real world" skills that employers believe are critical to job success. Test questions are based on situations in the everyday work world.

The ACT NCRC offers the efficient matching of talent with work—which helps people find great jobs, companies find skilled workers, and our nation's economy grow and prosper. Launched in 2006, today more than 2.3 million certificates have been issued and more than 40 states have statewide or regional certificate programs (  

ACT WorkKeys Work Skills Assessments (PDF)

ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (PDF)

Who takes WorkKeys:

All Career Technical Education seniors that complete a pathway in a career cluster will take the WorkKeys test their senior year.  To be recognized as a completer of a pathway in one of the 16 career clusters a student must  have

  •  two main CTE or CCP classes within a Career & Technical Pathway

  • one enhancement CTE or CCP class within a Career & Technical Pathway

  • one  level two class within a Career & Technical Pathway


What Do I need to do to prepare:

What do I do with WorkKeys: