WorkKey Assessment

WorkKey Assessment

The WorkKeys assessments test mastery in three areas: 

KeyTrain™ Learning Modules

To improve on the assessed skill level and qualify for a National Career Readiness Certificate, participants can take the KeyTrain™ learning modules described below. These are self-paced, fully online courses that break down each skill into specific components and enable participants to practice and receive instant feedback. Participants can complete the modules in computer labs at the community college, at mobile locations established by the colleges, or at any computer with an internet connection.

KeyTrain™ Module 1 - Applied Mathematics

The Applied Mathematics skill involves applying mathematical reasoning and problem-solving techniques to workplace situations; emphasizes the application of these skills to real-world situations; and reviews the basic concepts of mathematical operations including money, measurement and time. Topics in the beginning levels include:

  • Money and time
  • Measurements
  • Proportions and ratios
  • Fractions and decimals
  • Negative numbers
  • Percentages

More advanced topics include:

  • Areas and volumes
  • Determining best deals
  • Troubleshooting errors
  • Production rates
  • Multiple unknowns
  • Non-linear graphs

KeyTrain™ Module 2 - Reading for Information

The Reading for Information skill involves reading and understanding common workplace documents (letters, manuals, procedures, memos), and examines the essential aspects of understanding and applying information given in practical situations. The Reading for Information course includes dozens of sample workplace documents. All exercises are based on realistic work situations. Some of the beginning topics include:

  • Determining the meaning of unfamiliar words
  • Extracting details
  • Reading forms
  • Finding the main idea

More advanced topics cover:

  • Applying instructions
  • Complex information
  • Drawing conclusions
  • Technical jargon
  • Acronyms

KeyTrain™ Module 3 - Locating Information

The Locating Information skill involves finding, extracting, understanding and using information that is not in the form of normal text.  These types of documents include charts, graphs, tables, forms, maps, and drawings.  Beginning topics include:

  • Pie charts
  • Bar charts
  • Line graphs
  • Tables
  • Maps
  • Diagrams
  • Gauges

Higher-levels practice more complex concepts that may deal with several different kinds of documents at one time.  Some of these are:

  • Extracting data
  • Identifying trends
  • Drawing conclusions
  • Determining data relationships
  • Using data criteria