WorkKeys Taken on Paper: North Dakota

WorkKeys Paper testing is for those accommodations and supports that are not offered online.

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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.

  • Initial Paper Accommodations: March 2, 2021 - March 23, 2021

Helpful Links

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ACT General Questions:
800.553.6244, ext. 2800
contact form

800.553.6244, ext. 1788

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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Tip: 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).

2. Select Test Staff

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Activity: Select Test Dates and Shipping Dates (Manage Participation)

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Tip: Pay close attention to the dates that ACT is asking you to select on the Manage Participation screen.

Tip: Be sure to manage participation in PearsonAccessnext for all ACT products included in your contract. For example, complete screens for the ACT® test and also complete screens for ACT WorkKeys®.

Activity: Verify the Shipping Address

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Activity: Learn about State Testing

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Step 2: Configuration

Configure testing setup and systems.

Activity: Verify Enrollment for Test Materials

1. Verify the enrollment count (the number of examinees expected to test) in PearsonAccessnext listed for:
  • Standard Time Testing
  • Accommodations Formats, Braille Formats, and Translated Test Instructions for English Learners
2. Check that all newly-enrolled students are in PearsonAccessnext by going to Setup, then Students
3. Enroll/unenroll examinees if the enrollment is not accurate

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Activity: Order Test Materials

  • Additional standard time materials for the initial test date
    • for an enrollment increase after the Verify Enrollment for Test Materials deadline
    • if after receiving materials, more are needed
  • Standard time materials for the makeup test date

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Tip: You can track test materials shipments using Orders & Shipment Tracking. See the View Status and Shipment Information section in the PearsonAccessnext User Guide.

Step 3: Accommodation

Verify needs for accommodations and/or supports.

Activity: Arrange for Accommodations and/or English Learner (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. Complete Non-Test Activities

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Tip: 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.

2. Prepare Your Examinees

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3. Prepare Your Facility, Staff, and Test Materials

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Tip: 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.

Tip: 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.

4. Verify and Update Examinee Information

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Step 5: Administration

Administer the test successfully.

Activity: Administer the Test

Resources to complete this activity:

Administration Manuals
Administration Forms

Tip: 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.

Tip: 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.

Tip: If you are testing an examinee authorized for English learner supports, have the ACT-Authorized Bilingual Word-to-Word Dictionaries list handy to verify at check in that the examinee’s dictionary can be used for testing.

Step 6: Transportation

Transport materials and Data to ACT.

Activity: Return Test Materials

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Tip: 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.

Tip: Test coordinators need to completely fill out the front of the processing envelope(s).

Tip: Do not return unused answer documents; keep those for makeup testing

Tip: Return materials for all accommodations examinees together at the end of the testing window. Do not return individual materials as they are completed.

Tip: 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.

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