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Frequently Asked Questions

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Job Seekers

How does Career Readiness work?

  • Each Career Readiness assessment has a score level range. Career Readiness scores indicate your ability to perform more complex skills as the score levels increase. By comparing your skill levels with the skill levels required for the job, you and the employer can determine whether or not you are a good fit for that particular job.

What is the difference between the Career Readiness Certificate program and WorkKeys?

  • The WorkKeys assessment system is an ACT nationally recognized program locally branded as Oklahoma's Career Readiness program.

What format is used for the assessments, and how long do they take?

  • Since you can see your scores instantly, the preferred assessment method is on a computer. However, if absolutely necessary, you can take the assessments with pencil and paper. In this case, it will take 10 days to receive your scores. The assessments take about 45 to 55 minutes each.


What is the WorkKeys job profiling component, and how does it tie into the overall efficiency of a company or organization?

  • The WorkKeys job profiling service offers a concrete way for businesses to analyze the skills needed for specific jobs and to describe those needs to educators, students, and job applicants. By comparing job profile information with individuals' scores on the WorkKeys assessments, businesses have a tool for making reliable decisions about hiring, training, and program development.

How can I find out more about having a job profiled for my business?

  • If you are interested in WorkKeys job profiling, contact your local Technology Center Business and Industry Director and/or an ACT Authorized WorkKeys Job Profiler. They can visit with you about the process of profiling and tell you about possible funding options.

Why use ACT ’s Work Ready System?

Over the past 10 years, ACT’s WorkKeys System has become a widely accepted common language for skills definition among employers, educators/trainers, and potential/incumbent employees. The strength of the WorkKeys System comes from its:

  • Objectivity--skill levels are easily and universally understood, unlike school grades.
  • Simplicity--skill levels are described in terms of single-digit numbers with clearly defined meanings.
  • Compliance with federal law (ADA, EEOC).
  • Legal defensibility.
Last Modified on Feb 13, 2023
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