WorkKeys—Applied Technology





Determine workforce readiness; identify skills gaps in current and potential employees.

What is measured

Practical reasoning and problem-solving skills related to four applied-technology domains: electricity, mechanics, fluid dynamics, and thermodynamics

Target population

High school and community college students, adults transitioning to the workforce, current workers in technology-dependent businesses

Item format

32 items at four levels of difficulty administered over 55 minutes (online) or 45 minutes (paper and pencil)

Sample size

Since 1992, when ACT introduced the WorkKeys Program, some 9 million individuals have taken one or more of the program’s 10 assessments (M.J. Klemme, WorkKeys consultant, personal communication, December 20, 2005).

Frequency of administration

There is no fixed schedule of test administration. Assessments may be taken either through an employer licensed by ACT or a licensed WorkKeys site, typically an educational institution.


Test details, sample items, and information about ordering a practice test are available at

The National Academies | 500 Fifth St. N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20001
Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
Terms of Use and Privacy Statement