WorkKeys Test Scores - A Guide to How They Are Determined and What They Mean

ACT WorkKeys Level Score

The ACT WorkKeys level score ranges from 3 to 7.

In each section of the test, questions vary by level, with each new level representing a set of skills that aren't evaluated in the preceding levels. Your level score reflects the difficulty levels you've passed in each of the test's sections and indicates your skills and abilities. Put differently, your level score is a reflection of the skills you currently possess. It is meant to be stable over time and is not quite so affected by random factors and fluctuations, such as feeling unwell or tired on the day of the test, as your scale score.

This score is used for recruitment, selection, hiring, and promotion purposes. 

ACT Scaled Score

The ACT grading scale ranges from 65 to 90.

The scale score is meant to track growth and is compared to the scale scores received in previous WorkKeys assessments you took. This way, even if you were not able to improve your level score by acquiring new skills, you can still show an improvement.

The ACT scaled score is used as an evaluation criterion for the succession of educational programs and how they benefit your learning progression.

How to Pass the WorkKeys Test

Getting a passing score on ACT can be a challenge, but with comprehensive prep this won't not be what stands between you and the next step of your career. 

With accurate practice tests and study guides that cover every element of the WorkKeys assessment, our PrepPack gives you the tools to not only pass but even achieve an ACT max score.


ACT WorkKeys Assessment Score Report

Your WorkKeys assessment score will usually be available to you within two to three weeks of taking the assessment, but it may take a more extended length of time ranging up to eight weeks.

At some test centers, the scores of tests that were administrated online can be available within as little as one or two business days.

You will receive your business writing test score about two weeks after the results of the other sections of the test.

Your results will be presented as a score report showcasing the skill level you passed on each test section.

The display of the report can differ, depending on where you took the test and if it was administrated by computer or pencil-and-paper, but it will include the following elements –

  • Test name – the name of the assessment you took.
  • Level score – the score you received according to the difficulty levels you passed.
  • Possible range – the number of difficulty levels there are in the assessment.
  • ACT Scaled score – the score you received that is used for training and for tracking learning growth. This shows you where you rank on the ACT grading scale. 
  • What your score means – information about the skills measured in the assessment.

ACT National Career Readiness Certificate

The ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is an official document that confirms you have the skills needed in the workplace.

To receive the NCRC, you need a level score of at least 3 on the Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents sections of the assessment.

The certificate is issued at four levels, depending on the difficulty levels you passed in each of the sections –

  • Bronze – score 3 or higher
  • Silver – score 4 or higher
  • Gold – score 5 or higher
  • Platinum – score 6 or higher (ACT max score)

Once you receive your WorkKeys scores and NCRC, you can add them to your resume and applications to show your recruiters your skill set.


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 Frequently Asked Questions

What is a good WorkKeys Score?

As in most tests, the higher the score, the better. The WorkKeys overall score ranges between 1 to 36, and it comprises two sections – a level score between 3-7 and a ACT scaled score between 65 to 90. A good level score will grant you the NCRC, issued in four levels, according to the difficulty levels you passed in each of the test’s sections.

What is the max score on ACT?

The highest WorkKeys score is 36 in the overall calculation, 7 in the level score, and 90 in the ACT grading scale. The highest level of NCRC you can receive is platinum, which indicates that you passed the highest difficulty levels of each assessment you took.

What does a platinum workkeys score mean?

The NCRC is issued in four levels, where bronze is the lowest and platinum is the highest.

A platinum WorkKeys score means that you passed the highest difficulty levels in each of the WorkKeys test sections you took and got the ACT max score.

What is a passing score on the ACT?

The passing score on ACT is 3 on the ACT grading scale.

What happens if you fail the WorkKeys test?

You could retake the test and any of its sections if you failed to reach the ACT pass score. You will need to wait 48 hours to schedule your test.

How to pass the WorkKeys test

To get a passing score for ACT, you must be well-prepared for each section and unique challenges.

With JobTestPrep's WorkKeys assessment test PrepPack, you will receive all the necessary tools to ace the test and receive the National Career Readiness Certificate, with practice tests for every section, detailed solutions, and study guides.

Do WorkKeys scores expire?

No, the WorkKeys score does not expire. However, it is recommended to retake the test and renew your NCRC every five years because the requirement of the test, its sections, and its scoring method can change over time.

How long does it take to get WorkKeys results?

The WorkKeys results are usually available within two to three weeks and up to eight weeks. At some test centers, results of tests that were administrated by computer can be available within one to two business days.

Note that the results of the business writing test will arrive about two weeks after the results of the sections with multiple-choice questions.

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