WorkKeys Taken on Paper: Alabama

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Important Dates


Fall Testing Dates

Initial Test Date: October 1 - 15 and October 15 - 21, 2019
Accommodations Testing Window: October 1 - 15, 2019
Makeup Test Date: October 15, 2019
Makeup Accommodations Testing Window: October 15 - 21, 2019

Documents will be replaced as they become available for fall 2019 testing


Quick Links

Contact Information

ACT General Questions:
800.553.6244, ext. 2800
contact form
ACT Accommodations:
800.553.6244, ext. 1788

State Code: 01

State Policy Questions:
Alabama State Department of Education
Phone: 334.694.4817
Fax: 334.694.4981


Test Administration Process Overview

Select your current phase of the test administration process to see resources related to that section, or simply scroll down the page.

  1. Orientation - Get oriented with the testing program.
  2. Configuration - Configure testing setup and systems.
  3. Verification - Verify needs for accommodations and supports.
  4. Preparation - Prepare for testing.
  5. Administration - Administer the test successfully.
  6. Transportation -  Transport materials and data back to ACT.
  7. Interpretation - Interpret score reports and test data.


Get oriented with the testing program.

Learn about ACT WorkKeys

ACT WorkKeys® tests are research-based measures of foundational work skills essential to career success across industries and occupations. The assessments help to close skill gaps and improve workforce quality.

Testing Information



Tips for Success

  • Bookmark the url for your state’s testing website (this site) and check back frequently for updated information and content. 
  • Mark important dates from your Schedule of Events on your calendar and set reminders for deadlines.
  • Familiarize yourself with the seven stages of the testing cycle (Orientation, Configuration, Verification, Preparation, Administration, Transportation, and Interpretation) . You can see a brief description, action items, and resources associated with each stage to help you get a feel for the testing timeline. Content will be linked as it becomes available.
  • Watch for emails from ACT with important reminders. Add our email address to your contacts to prevent emails from going to spam/junk folders. 


Configure testing setup and systems.

Make Staff Arrangments

Manage Contact Information and Participation

  • PearsonAccessnext 
    PearsonAccessnext is the web application used by testing staff (i.e., test coordinators) to complete administrative leading up to testing, like managing participation and ordering materials.

Confirm Enrollment Information and Material Order Resources

Tips for Success

  • Be sure to manage participation and contacts in PearsonAccessnext for both the ACT and ACT WorkKeys administrations.
  • Pay close attention to the dates that ACT is asking you to select on the Manage Participation screen.
  • If you’re updating test coordinator information, it has to be changed in two places: the manage contacts screen and creating a new user account (see the PearsonAccessnext User Guide ACT WorkKeys ).



Verify needs for accommodations and/or supports.

Tips for Success

  • Review the Accessibility Support Guide if you have questions about the accommodations and supports available for ACT WorkKeys.


Administer the test successfully.

Tips for Success

  • Ensure you are using the correct materials for your test date. Using test booklets assigned for another test date will result in the cancellation of scores.
  • Make sure examinees properly grid the form code into the Test Form block on their answer documents. This is essential to the answer documents being scored properly.
  • If you are testing an examinee approved for English learner supports, print a copy of the ACT-Approved Bilingual Word-to-Word Dictionaries List (linked above) to verify at check in that the examinee’s dictionary can be used for testing.


Transport materials and data back to ACT.

Tips for Success

  • The instructions for collecting, packing, and returning test materials are linked under this section. Follow the instructions in the District Ship Manual Supplement/Secure Transfer Form to transport materials between the school and district.
  • Test coordinators should verify completeness and accuracy of materials received from room supervisors before returning them to ACT. Check that all Test Administration Forms are filled out and check that the test form code is properly gridded on each answer document.
  • Test coordinators need to completely fill out the front of the processing envelope(s).
  • When packing the processing envelopes, about 100 answer documents can fit in each envelope. Envelopes may be folded to fit into the shipping carton, so push materials down into the envelopes as far as possible.
  • Do not return unused answer documents; keep those for makeup testing from initial test date.
  • Return materials for all accommodations examinees together at the end of the testing window. Do not return individual materials as they are completed.
  • If you received any additional orders, the return shipping labels received with these orders will require you to fill in your high school name and code. These fields are already completed on initial order labels.


Interpret score reports and test data.

Tips for Success

  • The test coordinator can log in to Validus and use the Reports Portal to access ACT WorkKeys score reports. The ACT WorkKeys Online Reports Portal User Guide provides instructions for this feature. Score Reports Available in Online Reports Portal provides a list and description of all available reports.
  • Examinees who achieve a minimum score of three (3) or higher on each subject test may be eligible to receive an ACT® WorkKeys® NCRC®.
  • Examinees who earn an ACT WorkKeys NCRC can access test scores as well as view, print, and share their certificate by either creating an account or accessing an existing account at