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WorkKeys is a series of assessments that measure the skills that are crucial for job success. Testing includes the following skill areas:

Applied Math (Formerly Applied Mathematics) 55 minutes

The Applied Math assessment measures critical thinking, mathematical reasoning, and problem solving techniques for situations that actually occur in today’s workplace. While individuals may use calculators and conversion tables to help with the problems on the assessment, math skills are still needed to think them through. 

Graphic Literacy (Formerly Locating Information) 55 minutes

Workplace graphics come in a variety of formats, but all communicate a level of information. From charts to graphs, diagrams to floor plans, identifying what information is being presented and understanding how to use it are critical to success. The Graphic Literacy assessment measures the skill needed to locate, synthesize, and use information from workplace graphics. 

Workplace Documents (Formerly Reading for Information) 55 minutes

Employees need to be able to understand written text to do a job. The Workplace Documents assessment measures the skills people use when they read and use written text such as memos, letters, directions, signs, notices, bulletins, policies, and regulations on the job. 

These assessments are viewed by employers as the most important skills needed for any occupation.  Successful completion in all three skill areas will result in a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC).

National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) Credential:

The preceding three assessments are used to determine NCRC, a portable evidence-based credential demonstrating to employers, trade unions, and educational facilities of the skills an individual possesses to be successful in a job, apprenticeship program or field of education. Recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education (ACE)

Other Testing options: All assessments are 55 minutes each.

Applied technology, Business Writing, Workplace Observation, Fit, and Talent – validate competencies in other employment areas or can inform an individual of their areas where they might excel.

Why take WorkKeys?

  • Find jobs that fit your skills and interests.
  • Better determine your skill improvements and training needs.
  • Improve your opportunities for career changes and advancement.
  •  Attach your NCRC to your resume and show employers concrete proof of the skills you have achieved.
  •  Rely on a nationally recognized hiring resource used by companies throughout SC.

Registration at FDTC:

  1. Visit
  2. Schedule your appointment to initiate your request
  3. Your new account information (username, temporary password, and security question) for ACT WorKKeys will be sent to you via the email that you provided within 24-48 hours
  4. Login to your account prior to your testing appointment.
    • Under “select titles” select the assessments that you are interested in taking. For example, if you are taking the NCRC, please select “Applied Math,” “Graphic Literacy,” and “Workplace Documents”
    • Click on “update account info” on the left of the screen and update personal information prior to testing appointment
  5. Pay applicable fees to the Florence-Darlington Technical College Business Office by phone with debit or credit card at 843-661-8307 or 843-661-8308. You can also pay in-person on campus in the 5000 Building on the Main Campus.
  6. Bring account information, driver’s license or State ID, and receipt for payment to the Assessment Center
  7. Practice before you Test:


WorkKeys (NCRC) Full - 3 Assessments

55 minutes each

$65.00 payable at the business office - NCRC only

WorkKeys - Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, Workplace Documents, Applied Technology, and Fit and Talent

55 minutes each

$30.00 per test, payable at the business office - Individual Assessments

WorkKeys - Business Writing or Workplace Observation

55 minutes each

$40.00 per test, payable at the business office - Individual Assessments

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