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AcuSkill is authorized to offer ACT® WorkKeys® assessments in Colorado Springs, CO.
Candidates can take the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) assessments here as well.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is WorkKeys®?

WorkKeys® is an employment skills assessment system. Employers use WorkKeys® to measure workplace skills of employees and job applicants. Schools and colleges also use WorkKeys® to prepare students for the workplace.

To see a list of all the WorkKeys assessments click here.

ACT maintains a database of Occupational Profiles that show the skill levels required for an occupation across jobs, companies, or industries.


What is the National Career Readiness Certificate and why do I need it?

The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a portable credential that helps build a job seeker's confidence and verifies that his or her skills match an employer's needs.

The Certificate verifies your work readiness skill level to potential employers and demonstrates your commitment to success:

  • It demonstrates your basic skill levels in three specific areas to employers.
  • It gives you an advantage when applying for jobs.
  • Once employers know your skill levels, they can determine if you are a qualified candidate for their job openings, as the NCRC complements your diploma and resume.
  • Employers across all businesses and industries are looking for a reliable way to measure foundational skills to ensure they are hiring qualified candidates.
  • An NCRC increases the likelihood that you will be successful in a particular job.

How do I earn the National Career Readiness Certificate?

You can earn the NCRC by taking the following three WorkKeys® assessments:
Applied Mathematics
Locating Information
Reading for Information

You must score at least a Level 3 on all three of these assements to earn the lowest level NCRC.


What are the levels of the NCRC and what do they mean?

There are four levels of the NCRC. They are determined by the candidate's score on the three WorkKeys assessments:

  • Bronze
    • The candidate has scored at least a Level 3 on each of the three assessments.
    • This means that the candidate's skills match 35 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys Occupational Database.
  • Silver
    • The recipient has scored at least a Level 4 on each of the three assessments.
    • This means that the candidate's skills match 65 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys Occupational Database.
  • Gold
    • The recipient has scored at least a Level 5 on each of the three assessments.
    • This means that the candidate's skills match 90 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys Occupational Database.
  • Platinum
    • The recipient has scored at least a Level 6 on each of the three assessments.
    • This means that the candidate's skills match 99 percent of the jobs in the WorkKeys Occupational Database.


What is the Proficiency Certificate for Teacher Assistants and why do I need it?

The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) provides a valid, field-proven way to boost elementary education in the United States, in accordance with the No Child Left Behind Act.


How do I earn the Proficiency Certificate for Teacher Assistants?

You can earn the NCRC by taking the following three WorkKeys® assessments:
Applied Mathematics
Business Writing
Reading for Information


Are there any WorkKeys® practice tests I can take?

Yes. ACT® offers the following WorkKeys® practice tests you can take from your home computer:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Applied Technology
  • Locating Information
  • Reading for Information

Click here to get started.


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