National Career Readiness Certificate

Matching the right employees with the right job creates employee job satisfaction, increased self-confidence and the best wages possible for the employee. The employer benefits with reduced turnover and training, increased productivity and overall company success.

WorkKeys is an assessment tool from the ACT® organization. Meridian Technology Center administers WorkKeys® assessments in the three areas of Applied Mathematics, Locating Information and Reading for Information. The WorkKeys assessments measure skills employers have identified as critical to job success in their industry and are used in hiring and promoting employees. Students are able to earn the ACT-issued National Career Readiness Certificate by meeting the score requirements for their job field on the three assessments.

Applied Mathematics measures the skills used when applying mathematical reasoning and problem-solving techniques for work-related problems.

Locating Information measures the skills people use when they work with workplace graphics such as charts, graphs, tables, floor plans, and instrument gauges.

Reading for Information measures the skills used when people read and use written text on the job.

Assessment results are sent to the Oklahoma Department of CareerTech in order to obtain an Oklahoma Career Readiness Certificate free of charge. More than 75,000 Career Readiness Certificates have been issued in Oklahoma. ACT issues the National Career Readiness Certificate for $20.

Career Readiness Certificate Levels

Levels are based upon nationwide job profiles.

Certificate LevelLevel Score RequirementsPercentage of Qualified Jobs in WorkKeys Database
BronzeMinimum score of 3
Examinee has necessary foundational skills for 16% of the jobs in the WorkKeys database
SilverMinimum score of 4
Examinee has necessary foundational skills for 67% of the jobs in the WorkKeys database
GoldMinimum score of 5
Examinee has necessary foundational skills for 93% of the jobs in the WorkKeys database
PlatinumMinimum score of 6
Examinee has necessary foundational skills for 99% of the jobs in the WorkKeys database
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