WorkKeys Online: North Carolina

Important Dates

Spring Testing 

Testing Window: March 30 - April 10, 2020

 

 

 

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Contact Information

ACT General Questions:
800.967.5539
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State Policy Questions:
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Please contact your Regional Accountability Coordinator (RAC) if you have policy questions that aren't answered by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction website.

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.

Orientation

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) by browsing these sections 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.

Configuration

Configure testing setup and systems.

Tips for Success

  • It is recommended to use the “groups” feature when doing a batch load for multiple examinees or for a group of examinees that will test at the same time.
  • When creating groups as part of the student data batch load process, limit the number of examinees in each group to 100 or less.
  • Be sure to run a TAO System Check. Select Guest Access to start the system check.

Verification

Verify needes for accommodations and/or supports.

Tips for Success

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

Preparation

Prepare for testing.

Tips for Success

  • Remember to hold a training session with all testing staff 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.
  • After training, be sure to have staff fill out the Test Site Manual Verification Form. This form is required for all staff and must be completed before testing. 

Administration 

Administer the test successfully.

Tips for Success

  • Remember that examinee computers cannot use Internet Explorer (IE) to deliver the test in TAO. Chrome, Firefox, or Safari may be used.
  • Run a TAO System Check and Validation Test on all examinee computers before the test session to ensure they can properly access and deliver the tests. To save time, you may want to run the Validation Test before the TAO System Check because if you are successful in launching a sample mini test, it won’t be necessary for you to run the TAO System Check.
  • 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.

Transportation

Transport materials and data back to ACT.

Tips for Success

  • Test coordinators should ensure completeness and accuracy of all test day documentation. Keep this documentation on file for one year, but nothing needs to be returned to ACT.

Interpretation

Interpret score reports and test data

Score Reports

Impact of Test Data

Student Resources

 

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 (linked above) provides instructions for this feature. Score Reports Available in Online Reports Portal (linked above) 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 myworkkeys.com.