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Understanding Scores

Types of Scores

Better scores could lead to better pay.

ACT WorkKeys NCRC assessments (Applied Math, Workplace Documents, Graphic Literacy) have both Level and Scale Scores. These types of scores indicate an ability to perform more complex skills as the scores increase.

Level Scores

Employers use the level scores in hiring and advancement decisions. Level scores are based on WorkKeys job profiles which are a snapshot of the skills needed for a particular job.

Scale Scores

Educators use scale scores to track growth in skills over time. Scale scores are not used for hiring or advancement decisions.

Score Reports

Individual Score Report

The Individual Score Report provides information to examinees about their scores and what it means to be at that skill level.

Individual Score vs. Profile Report

This is used to show a comparison of a required skill level with the skill level the examinee achieved. For example, a company may want this report if it is hiring for a job that has been profiled and it knows the level required for a specific skill area. This report will print with the skill level required and the skill level of the applicant.

Use Your Scores

Not sure how your WorkKeys scores can help you? Here are some ideas:

  • Add information about your National Career Readiness Certificate or WorkKeys scores to your resume or application.
  • Take your WorkKeys score report or National Career Readiness Certificate with you to a job interview to show the employer you have the skills needed for the job.
  • Include your WorkKeys scores in your application materials for a community or technical college.
  • Give employers your National Career Readiness Certificate number or unique web address to verify your certificate.
  • Check your scores with our occupational skills profiles to compare them to the average scores needed for more than 20,000 jobs.