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Skill Testing and Enhancement

WorkKeys® is a job skills assessment system measuring "real world" skills that employers say are critical to job success. These skills are valuable for any occupation – skilled or professional – and at any level of education.

WorkKeys® Skill Assessments deal with the foundational skills required by all jobs. These skills are tested in three basic assessment areas:

Applied Mathematics –
This measures the skills used when applied to mathematical reasoning, critical thinking, and problem solving techniques to work-related problems.
Locating Information –
This measures the skills used when working with workplace graphics. People taking this assessment are asked to find information in a graphic or insert information into a graphic. They also must compare, summarize, and analyze information found in related graphics.
Reading for Information –
This measures the skills people use when they read and use written text
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    Other Foundational Assessments
Applied Technology
Business Writing
Listening for Understanding
Teamwork Workplace Observation
    Soft Skills Assessments
in order to do a job. The written texts include memos, letters, directions, signs, notices, bulletins, policies, and regulations.

There are four levels of WorkKeys® certification (National Career Readiness Certificate):

  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Platinum

Employers: Other assessments are available for special skill testing based on your requirements.


KeyTrain is the complete interactive training system for career readiness skills, based on ACT's WorkKeys® assessment system and the National Career Readiness Certificate.

The KeyTrain system includes targeted, self-paced instruction, pre- and post-WorkKeys assessments, a complete learning management system and an occupational job profiles database. These components can be used to help individuals learn, practice and demonstrate the skills they need to succeed in the jobs and careers they desire.

All Workforce Connection offices offer KeyTrain to individuals who wish to improve their scores on the basic WorkKeys® skill assessments.


ProveIt! tests are often requested by employers to be given to job candidates to test their level of skill in specific skill areas, such as: Microsoft Office applications (English and Spanish), typing, computer operating systems (Windows), Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, etc.) accounting, technical applications.

Many more skill testing tests are available in a wide variety of skill areas.


Please contact your local Workforce Connection office for more information.

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