ACT WorkKeys is a job skills assessment system that helps employers select, hire, train, develop, and retain a high-performance workforce. This series of tests measures foundational and soft skills and offers specialized assessments to target institutional needs.

As part of ACT's Work Readiness System, ACT WorkKeys has helped millions of people in high schools, colleges, professional associations, businesses, and government agencies build their skills to increase global competitiveness and develop successful career pathways.

Successful completion of ACT WorkKeys assessments in Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents can lead to earning ACT's National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), a portable credential earned by more than 1 million people across the United States. These workplace skills are highly important to the majority of jobs in the workplace.

WorkKeys Testing is offered on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month beginning at 8:30am. 

Placement Testing Center
Admissions and Registration Center
McAlister Square, Room 210 


Benefits for employers

ACT WorkKeys offers a complete solution for employee selection and development. Our powerful solution includes both Foundational Skills and Soft Skills assessments, enabling assessment of the full potential of applicants and employees. The tools in this comprehensive system can be mixed and matched to meet diverse organizational needs. Our job analysis solutions allow for the establishment of organizational guidelines and benchmarks for employee selection and development.

From screening, selection, training, development, and succession planning, employers can use ACT WorkKeys assessments at every stage of the employment cycle. WorkKeys has been shown to reduce turnover, improve safety, reduce scrap and improve productivity.

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SC has been chosen to become one of the first Certified Work Ready Communities. Funds may be available to companies that qualify. For more information:

Benefits for job seekers

Taking the ACT WorkKeys tests is an important first step to prepare for education, training, or a career. Because test questions are based on situations in the everyday work world, ACT WorkKeys scores help job seekers compare their skills to the skills real jobs require. These scores help employers choose the most qualified candidates for their jobs.