Posted: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

This year, 11th grade students in South Carolina will take the ACT WorkKeys on March 22. The SC Department of Education has defined 11th grade students as for students who are in their third year of high school after their initial enrollment in the ninth grade.

The ACT WorkKeys test consists of three multiple choice timed tests (45 minutes per test)—Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information. ACT does allow students to access an ACT-approved calculator during the Applied Mathematics test only. Review allowable calculators for this assessment.

The ACT WorkKeys test measures real world skills that employers believe are critical to job success. Students may earn the ACT’s National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), which is recognized by businesses and industries nationwide.

Testing Tips

Parents can be a great help to their child by following these suggestions. 

Students should:

  • Rest on the nights before these tests. 
  • Eat a nourishing breakfast on the morning of each test.
  • Be in school and on time, except in cases of illness.
  • Bring at least two #2 pencils to school.  They are required for marking test answer documents.
  • Listen attentively to the teacher’s directions so he/she will know exactly what to do.
  • Read each test question and each response carefully before marking an answer choice.
  • Stay calm, if there are questions that seem difficult.
  • Mark his/her best answer.
  • Refrain from bringing any electronic device that can be used for communicating, timing, or imaging into the testing location.

Parents should:

  • Meet with your child’s teachers as often as necessary to discuss his/her progress. 
  • Check or review your child’s homework, projects, or other school work.
  • Talk with your child about school.
  • Ask teachers to suggest activities for you and your child to do at home to help prepare for tests and to improve your child’s understanding of schoolwork.
  • Provide positive feedback by praising your child for what he/she does well.

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