By Kyandra Simmons, News Writer

According to Mrs. Latayna Williams, assistant administrator, the ACT WorkKeys is a job skills assessment that helps employers select, train, hire, develop and retain a high performance workforce. The test measures soft and foundational skills; it also offers specialized assessments to target institutional needs. Each section is forty-five minutes with a fifteen minute break between applied mathematics and locating information.

According to Williams, students took the test March 2. Students were being tested on Reading Information, Applied Mathematics and Locating Information. The score on the
test is determined by the number of questions answered correctly. There is no penalty for
guessing. The level scores describe the skills students have achieved and can apply on the job or in training. After taking the assessments, students will receive a score report.

“The test wasn’t hard at all; my teacher told us we had nothing to worry about,” Junior Tyawnah Pinkard said.

According to the ACT WorkKeys website, the WorkKeys is a first step toward closing skills gaps and improving workforce quality. Successful completion of the three WorkKeys assessments can help an individual earn the National Career Readiness Certificate, a portable credential that documents essential work skills.

“I gave my students practice questions at the beginning of each class to get them ready for the test; they all seemed to get it and said it was really easy,” Mrs. Charu Bakshi, Math teacher, said.

According to the ACT WorkKeys website, the assessment is the cornerstone of workforce solutions and the basis for the nation’s most recognized work readiness credential. The assessments help students measure the most important skills.

“The test was so easy,” Junior Keirra Simmons said. “I passed that with flying colors!”

Juniors will be taking the actual ACT test April 19; they have been doing do-now questions the first five minutes of class to get prepped and ready.