WorkKeys Taken on Paper: Louisiana

Important Dates

Spring Test Dates

  • Accommodations Testing Window: March 18 - April 1, 2020



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Contact Information

ACT General Questions:
800.553.6244, ext. 2800
contact form

State Code: 19

State Policy Questions:
Phone: 877.453.2721
Website: Louisiana Department of Education

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 WorKeys

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.

Important 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) by browsing the drop-down trays for ACT WorkKeys. 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.

Upload Student Data

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 in the resources above).



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.


Prepare for testing.

Tips for Success

  • Review the “Receipt and Check-In of Test Materials” section of the Test Coordinator Information Manual before receiving your shipment. Have it available to refer to while unpacking your test materials.
  • Remember to hold a training session with all testing staff (new and old) before test day. This is required and is separate from the briefing session that happens on test day. Suggested topics to cover during the training session are in your administration manual.
  • Decide whether examinees will complete the demographics portion of their answer document in a non-test session before test day or as the first part of their test session on test day. If before test day, schedule a time for a non-test session. If on test day, be sure to account for this time in your testing schedule. 


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

  • 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).
  • Do not return unused answer documents; keep those for makeup testing.
  • 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