WorkKeys Online: North Dakota

Test Administration Process Next Steps

Select your current phase of the test administration process to see resources related to that phase.


Step 1: Orientation - Learn about test formats and policies; select test dates and provide shipping information; select test staff and set up accounts.

Step 2: Configuration -  Upload student data records; verify enrollment for test materials; order test materials.

Step 3: Accommodation - Learn about accessibility supports; request accommodations and/or supports; request reconsideration or late consideration.

Step 4: Preparation -  Complete non-test activities; provide examinees test prep information; prepare your facility, staff, and materials; update examinee information.

Step 5: Administration - Administer the test.

Step 6: Transportation: Return test materials.

Step 7: Interpretation - Access and understand score reports; share reporting information with examinees.

Important Dates

Your Schedule of Events contains all dates and deadlines for your test event. Check it frequently to ensure you're on track for a successful administration.

  • Online Testing Window: March 2, 2021 - March 23, 2021

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ACT General Questions:
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State Code: 35

State Policy Questions:
North Dakota Department of Public Instruction

Step 1: Orientation

Get oriented with the testing program.

Activity: Make Staff Arrangements

1. Confirm School Test Coordinator Assignment

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Activity: Learn about State Testing

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Step 2: Configuration

Configure testing setup and systems.

Activity: Upload Student Data 

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Tip: 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.

Tip: When creating groups as part of the student data batch load process, limit the number of examinees in each group to 100 or less.

Activity: Site Readiness for Online Testing

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Tip: Review the guidelines for both administrative and test delivery workstations in the technical specifications linked above to verify that all workstations being used for testing meet the minimum requirements.

Tip: Be sure to run a TAO System Check. Select Guest Access to start the system check.

Tip: If you want to practice setting up tests and other administration functions, do not use your live testing site. Use the training realm for all practice instances. Call 800.967.5539 if you need help gaining access to the training realm.


Step 3: Accommodation

Verify needs for accommodations and/or supports.

Activity: Arrange for Accommodations and/or English Leaner (EL) Support

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

Step 4: Preparation

Prepare for testing.

Activity: Prepare for Testing

1. Prepare Your Examiness

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2. Prepare Your Facility, Staff, and Test Materials

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Tip: Learn how to use groups and batch loading in the administration of ACT  WorkKeys for Online Testing assessments. Those who would benefit the most include individuals responsible for setting up and working with groups and    those responsible for created and uploaded batch load files, including site administrators and proctors.  Link to the registration

Tip: 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.

Tip: 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.

Step 5: Administration

Administer the test successfully.

Activity: Administer the Test

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Administration Manuals

Tip: 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.

System Status

Tip: Remember that examinee computers cannot use Internet Explorer (IE) to deliver the test in TAO. Chrome, Firefox, or Safari may be used.

Tip: 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.


Step 6: Transportation

Transport materials and Data to ACT.

Activity: Transfer Data

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Tip: 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.

Step 7: Interpretation

Interpret score reports and test data.

Activity: Access and Understand Score Reports

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Activity: Share Information with Examinees

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Tip: 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.

Tip: Examinees who achieve a minimum score of three (3) or higher on each subject test may be eligible to receive an ACT® WorkKeys® NCRC®.

Tip: 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