ACT Workkeys Scores

Instructor: Andrea Losa
The ACT WorkKeys tests are assessment tools that measure various job-related skills. Learn how to understand your ACT WorkKeys test scores and use them to prepare for the workforce, and find out how to prepare for these exams.

About ACT WorkKeys Test Scores

The ACT WorkKeys tests are scored by the number of questions you answer correctly, so if you guess and get the question wrong, you are not penalized. For each Foundational Skill test you take, you will receive a scale score, which is primarily used for educational purposes to determine skill growth over time, and a level score, which is used by employers for hiring and promotion purposes. The ACT WorkKeys tests assess both foundational and soft skill areas.

Scores for Foundational Skill Assessments

SkillRange for Scale ScoresRange for Level Scores
Applied Mathematics65-90< 3 to 7
Reading for Information65-90<3 to 7
Locating Information65-90<3-6
Applied Technology65-90<3-6
Business Writing N/A<1-5
Workplace ObservationN/A<1-5
Listening for UnderstandingN/A<3-7

Scores for Soft Skills Assessments

  • Fit - This assessment measures test takers' work values and interests based on common work tasks.
    • Interests are broken down into six different scales, with the scores ranging from 20-80 in each scale.
    • Higher scores in a particular scale indicate a stronger interest in that area.
    • Fit scores are used by employers to determine how well a candidate fits into their corporation. Certain careers may correspond to certain values and higher scores in a particular scale.
    • Results are combined into a Fit Index.
  • Performance - This test gauges test takers on two scales: work attitudes and risk reduction (likelihood to be involved in high-risk situations in the work place).
    • Test takers' receive a Performance Index that combines and weighs the scores they receive on the two scales.
  • Talent - This is a personality test that measures several facets of personality and four personality indices.
    • Examinees receive a percentile rank (comparing their results to others who have taken the assessment) for each of these fields. Score reports also include an explanation of the results.
    • The Talent Assessment can be used by employers or candidates to determine potential careers.

Understanding Your Score Reports

Each time you take a WorkKeys test, you will receive a score report containing your skill-level score, your scale score and an explanation of your skill level. The explanation may also include information on what you can do to increase your score. Skill-level scores are the most useful to students, job-seekers and employers.

Using Your Scores

As a job-seeker or student, you can access the ACT's online database of 20,000 job profiles to determine if your WorkKeys level scores meet the optimal skill level scores required for your desired job. If you are still deciding on a career, you can use the database to see what jobs match your skill levels.

You can also use your scores to earn the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate. There are 4 levels of certificate awarded to those who take the Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information tests:

  • Bronze - Test takers must earn a level score of 3 or higher on each test
  • Silver - Test takers must earn a level score of 4 or better on each test
  • Gold - Test takers must earn a level score of 5 or better on each exam
  • Platinum - Test takers must earn a level score of 6 or better on each exam

Achieving Your Best ACT WorkKeys Scores

To help you prepare for the tests or improve your scores, the official ACT WorkKeys site includes information on ordering practice tests, enrolling in curriculum training, and purchasing an online practice test.

Using to Prepare for Foundational Skills Assessments

While some ACT WorkKeys tests focus on your reasoning skills and specific job-related behaviors and traits, others involve math, reading, listening and writing skills. Check out the following courses for additional help with these skills.

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