WorkKeys Testing

WorkKeys Testing


What is WorkKeys?

WorkKeys® assessments are the cornerstone of Workforce Solutions. The assessments help you measure the workplace skills that can affect your job performance. WorkKeys assessments are:

  • Unique—Unlike other assessments, they don’t simply give an indication of reading and writing competency. Instead, they measure a range of hard and soft skills relevant to any occupation, at any level, and in any industry.

  • Recognized—Successful completion of WorkKeys assessments can lead to earning an National Career Readiness Certificate™ (NCRC®)—a credential that verifies foundational workplace skills. Tens of thousands of employers recognize the value of the NCRC, and many recommend the credential to candidates.


WorkKeys Assessments —WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system measuring “real world” skills that employers believe are critical to job success. Drake State offers computerized WorkKeys assessments in the following areas:

  • Applied Math 
  • Locating Information 
  • Reading for Information 

The State of Alabama has adopted the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)—The NCRC is an assessment-based credential which utilizes ACT’s WorkKeys; this credentialing gives employers and career seekers a uniform measure of key workplace skills.  The certificate levels are listed below:

Bronze Certificate = Level 3

Silver Certificate = Level 4

Gold Certificate = Level 5

Platinum Certificate = Level 6

Drake State Students will be given the opportunity to take the WorkKeys assessment in Orientation (ORI 101) or Workplace Skills (WKO 107). The assessment is also available to the general public at a cost of $15 per exam. WorkKeys is offered daily on a walk-in basis during normal hours of operation. For more information please contact the Testing Center at 256.551.3116 or email