The ACT WorkKeys test is an assessment tool that aims to evaluate your work-related “soft” and “hard” skills to predict your learning capabilities and job performance. A passing score on the WorkKeys test grants you the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), an official document that validates that you have the skills and abilities essential in the workplace.
The test includes 8 sections; each assesses an essential work-related skill –
Every section has several difficulty levels built on one another and integrates the abilities assessed in the preceding level. For example, in level 6, you will need the skills from levels 4 and 5.
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The test has 5 difficulty levels, ranging from 3 to 7.
You will have 55 minutes to answer 34 questions.
A college fraternity planned a three-day study marathon. On the first day, they studied 75% of the time, ate for 3 hours, and slept the rest of the time. On the second day, they studied 50% of the time, ate for 4 hours, and slept the rest of the time. On the third day, they slept 1⁄3 of the time. How many hours in total did the fraternity members sleep during the three days?
Note that one day contains 24 hours.
Calculate the number of hours the fraternity slept every day:
Start by converting the percentages into absolute hours.
First day (24 hours):
Thus:
The students slept for 3 hours on the first day.
Second day (24 hours):
, hence,
Thus:
Third day (24 hours):
Total number of hours spent in sleep: 3+8+8 = 19
The correct answer is B
Dan took a two-hour walk around a round lake. The radius of the lake is 6 feet. What was Dan's average speed?
Any time we need to calculate the speed, we should use the formula time x speed = distance:
The time is given. Now, in order to calculate the speed, first find the distance.
The lake is round with a radius of 6 feet. Accordingly, if Dan took a walk around the lake, the distance he walked is also the perimeter of the lake.
Therefore, use the formula of a circle’s perimeter in order to calculate the perimeter of the lake:
Therefore, Dan's average speed is 6π.
If you chose any other answer, review the solution and your calculations.
The correct answer is B
A pencil is sketched using a rectangle and an isosceles triangle. The length of the pencil is 12 inches. The length of the rectangular section is five times longer than its width, and the height of the triangle is 2 inches. What is the perimeter of the pencil?
In order to solve this problem, calculate the length of all outer sides of both the rectangle and the triangle.
From the given information, it is known that the total length of the pencil is 12 inches, and the height of the triangle is 2 inches; therefore, the length of one side of the rectangle is: 12-2 = 10 inches.
Given that one side of the rectangle is five times longer than the other:
And, since opposite sides of a rectangle have the same length (or “congruent”):
In an isosceles triangle, the height is perpendicular to the base and divides the base into two equal parts, thus the sides of the triangle can be calculated using the Pythagorean Theorem:
Therefore:
The perimeter of the pencil is:
inches.
If you chose answer (A), you probably confused the base and the other sides of the triangle. If you chose answer (C), you probably forgot to divide the base by two, and if you chose answer (D), review the solution.
The correct answer is B
Dan is diving in El-Nido in the Philippines. He starts his dive from a boat five meters above sea level (0 meters), and he is descending two meters each minute.
Which of the following describes Dan’s dive as a function of elevation and time?
The line equation: y = mx + n;
m = slope,
n = the intersection point between the line and the y-axis.
The graph is the elevation of Dan relative to the ground as a function of time. The x-axis represents time. The y-axis represents elevation; Dan was five meters above when he dove: i.e he had an elevation of 5 meters, at time = 0 minutes. Therefore, the beginning point is (0, 5).
Dan is diving down at a rate of two meters per minute. This means that the slope is: m = -2 meters/minute
Find the linear equation describing Dan’s dive, using the information you found:
If you chose answer (B), note that the graph starts at the origin. If you chose answer (C), note that the graph’s slope is -1. If you chose answer (D), note that the graph’s slope is -1, and it starts at the origin.
The correct answer is A
Nancy is planning a ring-shaped pool for a new hotel in Florida. The outer diameter of the pool is 100 feet. If the pool has an area of square 1600π ft., which of the following is its inner diameter (the diameter of the dry area)?
Remember that
The outer diameter is 100 feet. Therefore, the radius of the entire shape is 50:
The total area of the pool is the area of the whole shape minus the dry area (d_{a}):
The length of a radius can be only positive; therefore, r = 30.
The diameter (d) equals two times the radius:
d = 2r = 2x30 = 60.
The inner diameter is 60 ft. If you chose any other answer, review your solution.
The correct answer is A
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The test has 5 difficulty levels, ranging from 3 to 7.
You will have 55 minutes to answer 38 questions.
The following chart shows the average temperature, in °F, for Monday (orange), Tuesday (yellow), and Wednesday (blue). What was the approximate temperature on Tuesday?
According to the chart, the temperature on Tuesday (represented by the yellow bar) reached approximately 60°F.
The correct answer is D
You are a promotions junior manager at a big broadcasting company. Which channel did most people watch between 16:00–18:00? (The table below presents rating per channel with rating measured by the percentage of viewers nationwide.)
According to the diagram, Ivo van Damme was the runner from Belgium. His running time is marked as 1:43.86.
The correct answer is A
Below is a pie chart depicting the viewing habits of different age groups in relation to different genres in a specific movie theatre. Each segment of the pie represents about 4% of all movies viewed in an average year. Each segment represents a genre according to the segments key. Each chart is divided into four parts so that each part describes a different age range. These age ranges are represented by different rectangles at the side of the chart.
For example: 75% of the movies viewed by 4–12 year olds are animated films.
Which age group watches more movies than any other?
Because each segment of the chart represents a certain percentage of the films viewed, and because all segments are equal, the age group that has more segments watches more movies.
Counting the number of segments in each age group shows that there are eight segments in the age group 21–45. The rest of the age groups have fewer segments. This age group watches 32% of the films in the cinema, more than any other age group.
The correct answer is C
You are a police officer in Ciny Town. You have just turned right from Maple St. on your way to the Police Stop Station on Laurence Rd. when you are called to attend an emergency meeting near the other police stop. Which way would you take to arrive at your destination as quickly as possible?
An arrow on a street indicates that, unless otherwise specified, along the entire street traffic is only allowed to travel in the direction in which the arrow is pointing.
Note: Police officers do not have to adhere to traffic regulations during emergencies.
It is an emergency meeting, and therefore you do not need to regard the traffic regulations.
Answer (B) is incorrect because it would take longer to arrive.
Answer (C) is incorrect because making a right turn on Smith Ln. is going in the wrong direction.
Answers (D) and (E) are incorrect because these routes do not take you to the Police Stop Station.
The correct answer is A
Which month reflects an increase in the monthly gross income from the prior month, with the largest drop in the monthly net income?
Note that the monthly gross income increases from June to July, while at the same time, the monthly net income decreases from 6000$ to 1800$. This is the largest drop in the monthly income in the presented plot. Therefore, we can see that July has the largest drop in the monthly net income among the months, with an increased gross income from the prior month.
The correct answer is C
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The test has 5 difficulty levels, ranging from 3 to 7.
You will have 55 minutes to answer 35 questions.
New Company Instructions #1: Dishwashers
To prevent accidents, all Highland plumbers must now work according to specific instructions. This is the first guide: dishwasher removal.
Step 1: Turn the power and water off.
Step 2: Pull out the old dishwasher and remove it from under the counter.
Step 3: Follow the electrical cord to where it is connected.
Step 4: Disconnect the electrical cord from the power source.
Step 5: Locate the water line under the dishwasher and remove it.
Step 6: Locate the dishwasher's drain line under the sink.
Step 7: Disconnect the dishwasher's drain line from the sink's drain line.
Now that the dishwasher is completely disconnected, remove it and clean out the area. You can now move to our second guide on how to install a new dishwasher.
You are a Highland plumber. What must you do immediately after locating the water line under the dishwasher?
Step 5 says that after locating the water line under the dishwasher, you must remove it.
Answer (A) is incorrect because it describes a step that is done later (Step 7).
Answer (B) is incorrect because it is not an action detailed anywhere in the instructions, and so it should be ignored.
Answer (C) is incorrect because this step has already been completed (Step 2).
Answer (D), similarly, has already been completed (Step 4).
The correct answer is E
• Construction Work Notice
Until construction work is complete, some of the elevators and hallways of the municipality building will be closed. The top three floors of the building will be inaccessible. So, the finance and human resource departments will be temporarily moved to the basement. Municipality employees working between the 5th and 8th floor should take the elevator to the 4th floor and then the stairs from there. Employees who can’t use the stairs should temporarily move their offices to the common area in the west wing. Public relations employees should move to the second floor of the main building as the hallway leading to the east wing will be closed off. This coming Wednesday, access to all offices below the 5th floor will be closed. We apologize for the inconvenience. Remember, it is all for a good cause!
You work in the finance department. Where will you work for the duration of the construction work?
The notice states that as the top three floors will be inaccessible, the finance department is being moved to the basement.
Answer (A) is incorrect because the notice does not state which departments are to be relocated to the 8th floor.
Answer (C) is incorrect because the finance department was located on one of the top three floors before construction started, but these floors are inaccessible while construction continues.
Answer (D) is incorrect because the second floor is where the public relations department will move for the duration of the construction work.
Answer (E) is incorrect because the west wing is designated to temporarily house employees from the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth floors who are unable to take the stairs. Those who can take the stairs will continue working there, which indicates that these floors are to remain open, and therefore cannot include the finance department, whose offices will be closed off entirely.
The correct answer is B
Renewals
To keep your state driving privilege valid, the renewal may be completed six months before your license expires (usually on your birthday). The license can still be renewed three months after its expiration, until which you are entitled to your driving privileges, but these expire at midnight three months after the expiration date and are not valid until the renewal is processed. Driver's licenses issued to foreign nationals whose presence in the United States is temporarily authorized under federal law may not be renewed by mail.
Type of Driver License Exam Station Renewal Options
Full-service driver's license holders must renew their licenses and pay their fees in person at the state office. This requires scheduling an appointment a month in advance. Rural, limited-service driver's license holders must renew in person, but they should first pay for their license at the county treasurer’s office and get a prepaid receipt, which should be presented to the driver examiner.
If you are a state resident who is temporarily outside the state and will not return before the expiration of your state driver's license, you may renew by mail. However, after renewing by mail, your next renewal must be completed in person at a driver's license exam station.
What is the amount of time given to a state driver's license holder from the day he is first allowed to renew his license to the day he is no longer allowed to drive?
A state driver's license holder can renew his license six months before it expires, and then he is allowed to drive three months after it expires (he holds his “driving privileges”). This amounts to a total of nine months.
Answer (A) is incorrect because while true that a state driver's license holder can renew his license six months before it expires, he is still allowed to drive three months after it expires (he holds his “driving privileges”).
Answer (B) is incorrect because while a state driver's license holder is allowed to drive three months after it expires (he holds his “driving privileges”), he has a chance to renew his license six months before it expires.
Answer (D) is incorrect because the maximum amount of time a state license holder is given to renew his license (see answer C) is nine months.
Answer (E) is incorrect because the one month refers to the notice time needed to schedule an appointment at the state office.
The correct answer is C
Ohio State Law
Riding on roadways and bicycle paths
A. Any person operating a bicycle shall obey the instructions of official traffic-control regulations, signals, signs, and other control devices applicable to vehicles, unless directed otherwise by a police officer. Whenever authorized signs indicating that no right or left is permitted are present, no person operating a bicycle shall disobey the direction of any such sign. Such a person shall dismount from the bicycle to make any such turn and obey the regulations applicable to pedestrians.
B. Every person operating a bicycle when riding upon a roadway shall further avoid making any right, left, or U-turn except:
• When the road is completely clear of vehicles.
• When the rider of the bicycle is given the right of way from any approaching vehicles via a clearly visible signal, such as blinking of lights.
• When such a turn is necessary to avoid risk and potential danger.
C. Every person operating a bicycle upon a roadway shall ride as near the right-hand side of the road as practicable, except:
• When moving at the same speed as traffic.
• When preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.
• When reasonably necessary to avoid hazardous conditions (including, but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards, or narrow-width lanes) that make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or edge.
• When approaching a location where there is reasonable probability that a motor vehicle may turn right, crossing the bicycle's path.
When is it permissible to make a right-hand turn while staying on the bicycle?
Answer (E) describes a situation in which a right turn is necessary to avoid the danger of riding alongside fast cars on a road that is not wide enough for it. Avoidance of risk or danger is the last out of three conditions under which the Law allows cyclists to make a turn while mounted on their bike.
Answer (A) is incorrect because there are several conditions under which a right turn is permissible, as stipulated in the passage.
Answer (B) is incorrect because the conditions detailed in it are taken from a part of the law dictating the side of the road a cyclist must drive on.
Answer (C) is, once again, an exception to the rule regarding riding on the right side of the road. It is not one of the conditions for making a right turn.
Answer (D) is incorrect because a right-hand turn is allowed when there is either no traffic at all or when there is immediate danger. Light traffic is excluded by the strong wording: "When the road is completely clear of vehicles".
The correct answer is E
ICC IBC High-Rise Constriction Regulations
403.2.3 Structural integrity of exit enclosures and elevator hoistway enclosures. For high-rise buildings of occupancy category III or IV in accordance with the previous section, and for all buildings that are more than 420 feet (128 m) in building height, exit enclosures and elevator hoistway enclosures shall comply with Sections 403.2.3.1 through 403.2.3.4.
403.2.3.1 Wall assembly. The wall assemblies making up the exit enclosures and elevator hoistway enclosures shall meet or exceed Soft Body Impact Classification 2009 Level 2 as measured by the test method described in ASTM C 1629/C.
403.2.3.2 Wall assembly materials. The wall assemblies making up the exit enclosures and elevator hoistway enclosures, for all floors of the building starting from the first floor and including all floors constructed underground, shall be constructed in accordance with one of the following methods:
403.2.3.3 Concrete and masonry walls. Concrete or masonry walls shall be deemed to satisfy the requirements of Sections 403.2.3.1 and 403.2.3.2. 403.2.3.4. Other wall assemblies. Any other wall assembly that provides impact resistance equivalent to that required by Sections 403.2.3.1 and 403.2.3.2 for Hard Body Impact Classification Level 3, as measured by the test method described in ASTM C 1629/C, shall be permitted.
An engineer declared a newly constructed high-rise building to be in violation of the ICC IBC. Which of the following could not be the reason?
This is the only answer that does not violate the ICC IBC regulations. Masonry walls must fill the requirements of “multiple layers of any material,” meaning they must meet or exceed a Hard Body Impact Classification Level 3 test.
Answer (A) is incorrect because the wall in it has not been tested in the required test (Soft Body Impact).
Answer (B) is incorrect because if a wall is made of impact-resistant construction board, the regulations require two layers.
Answer (C) is incorrect because the cement boards in it were tested separately, while the regulations require the test to be done “in tandem” (meaning together, or simultaneously).
Answer (E) is incorrect because a concrete wall, like masonry, must be of multiple layers and must pass a Hard Body Impact Classification Level 3 test, not Level 2.
The correct answer is D
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The test has 4 difficulty levels, ranging from 3 to 6.
You will have 34 questions to answer in 55 minutes in the computer administrated test or 45 minutes in the paper-and-pencil test.
In the circuit below, how many bulbs would light up if switch I were closed and switch II was open?
If you close switch I and leave switch II open (see the red line in the drawing), you can see that bulbs c, b and a are still sitting on a closed circuit containing the battery.
The branch containing bulb d is disconnected from the circuit, causing zero current to flow through it, and thus this bulb does not light up. Without it, only three bulbs would light up.
The correct answer is C
Two systems of tanks and pumps are shown in the diagram below. In which system, will container V begin to fill up first?
You can see that the two systems are virtually identical, with the exception of the position of the pump in the smaller tank.
In the first system, the pump suctions from the bottom of the tank, whereas in the second system, the pump suctions from the middle of the tank; In practical terms, in the first system (A), the pump will start suctioning right away whilst in the second system (B), the smaller tank will have to be at least half full in order for the pump to start suctioning.
Therefore, container V will begin to fill in system A before it does in system B.
The correct answer is A
Before you are two globes filled with conducting material. You know that, together, both contain a positive electrical charge of 2q. Another globe of material is then placed near the first two. The new globe has a positive charge of q. You go about measuring one of the original globes and find that it now carries a negative charge of -q. What charge will the other globe have now?
Electric charges cannot be created, only transported, so the total amount of charge in a system must remain constant. Because the new globe is not touching the two original globes, there is no charge being transported. Originally the two globes had a charge of 2q. Therefore, the unmeasured globe must have a charge of 3q.
The correct answer is C
Below are the schematics of your home coffee machine:
As you go about making your coffee, you notice that the steamer is giving out a stronger-than-usual jet of steam. In addition, the coffee is very hot, almost boiling, and the coffee has a bitter, burnt taste.
You have checked the water tank to see that it is full, and there seems to be no other external problem (electricity, water blockage, etc.).
Where should you look for the problem?
The pressurestat is the only element that can explain all the problems you have experienced. If the pressurestat was damaged, the heating would not stop upon reaching a certain pressure, thus causing a higher pressure (strength) steam jet. In addition, the high pressure/temperature of the water/steam that would be the result of a malfunctioning pressurestat could, in turn, "burn" the coffee.
Answer (A) is incorrect because if the heating element were damaged, there would be no hot water and no steam.
Answer (B) is incorrect because if the heat exchanger were damaged, the coffee would either be cold or too hot, but it would not affect the steam.
Answer (C) is incorrect because if the pump were damaged, there would be no steam or water.
Answer (E) is wrong because it is just a pipe. It has no effect on the steam or temperature of the water.
The correct answer is D
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The test is scored using 5 difficulty levels, ranging from 1 to 5.
You will have one prompt to write in 30 minutes.
You work for a tech startup in Georgia, but you need to move to Texas in order to attend to family matters
You want to apply for another position in technology, but because of the competition within the industry, you were asked to sign a non-compete agreement that prevents you from working for another tech company until a year has passed since your resignation.
Write a persuasive letter to your manager to release you from the agreement so that you may apply for your desired position.
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The test has 5 difficulty levels, ranging from 1 to 5.
You will have 55 minutes to answer 35 questions.
Note that the scenarios will be presented in a short video on the actual test.
The manager of Market Fresh sent the following memo to all of the supermarket’s employees:
Our new cash registers are simple and easy to use. Workers should always follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Here are the instructions explaining how to enter a sale:
• First, load the tape of the cash register into the machine.
• Then, type the product’s barcode on the keypad.
• Second, enter the amount of sales tax.
• After entering the price, you can hit the subtotal button.
• If there is any discount on the sale, hit the discount button and press the subtotal button again.
• If you don’t know what the right thing to do is, please come and see me in my office and I will explain.
Have a good day,
Todd
What is the last action you need to take for any kind of sale?
The final action, whether the item is discounted or not, is hitting the subtotal button.
Answer (A) is incorrect because after checking for a discount, the discount amount in inserted and then the subtotal button is pressed.
Answer (C) is incorrect because entering the product number is the first action of the sale procedure.
Answer (D) is incorrect because the memo states that the manager should only be approached if a worker does not know what to do.
Answer (E) is incorrect because the price is entered before hitting the subtotal button.
The correct answer is B
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The test comprises two parts – the ACT Interest Inventory and the Work Values Inventory.
You will have 102 items to address in approximately 20 minutes.
Rate the following activities:
Planning a workflow
Researching information
Pitching ideas
Rate the following values:
Autonomy
Influencing Others
Order
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You will have 165 items to address in approximately 35 minutes.
Rate the following statements by their relevance to you:
I seldom rethink my choices
People who take too long to take action irritate me
My judgments are supported by proven truths, not possibilities
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