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 
  • Graphic Literacy
  • Workplace Documents

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

The assessment is also available to the general public at a cost of $15 per exam.

WorkKeys is offered weekly according to the listed schedule.

Monday - 8:30 am or 2:00 pm
Wednesday - 8:30 am or 2:00 pm
Friday - 8:00 am only

For more information or to schedule an appointment please contact the Testing Center at 256.551.3116 or email