Preparing for WorkKeys

Everything you need to know!

Why should I take the WorkKeys?

  • You want a job that pays more than minimum wage
  • It looks great on a resume and/or job application
  • You're either going straight into a full-time job after graduating from high school OR you will be working while you go to college and need to be competitive for the limited number of jobs available in college towns.

What is WorkKeys?

WorkKeys is a job skills assessment that many companies use when choosing who to hire. It's a series of tests that measure one's knowledge of "soft skills" and practical reading and math skills.

Successful completion of ACT WorkKeys assessments in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information can lead to earning ACT's National Career Readiness Certificate (ACT NCRC), a portable credential earned by more than 2.3 million people across the United States. You can earn a bronze, silver, gold, or even platinum certificate depending on your score!

What local companies use WorkKeys?


Armstrong Coal

Century Aluminum



Glenmore Distilleries

Hunter Douglas



Kimberly Clark


Morgantown Plastics


Ohio County Fiscal Court

Owensboro Health Regional Hospital

Owensboro Riverport Authority

Swedish Match

UniFirst Corporation


Vecctren (Evansville, Indiana)

...and there are likely many more!

Who at DCHS gets to take the WorkKeys?

In the past, only seniors who were preparatory in a career pathway were allowed to take it for free - BUT - this year, any interested senior will be allowed to take it as long as you're one of the first 20-25 to sign up! And you'll take it for FREE! The normal cost is $21.75 for the whole test or $7.25 a section.

Sounds fabulous!!! Where do I sign up?

There is a clipboard in the Guidance office.

Just sign your name.

It's that easy!

Once you've signed up, Mrs. Kimbrell or Ms. Colbert will contact you to set up a testing date and to make sure you are preparing to take WorkKeys.

Uh-oh! How do I prepare?

Go to

Your user name is your email. Contact Ms. Colbert at for your password if you simply can't wait to get started. Otherwise, you'll receive your login information within a week of signing up to take the WorkKeys.