USD 232 ACT and WorkKeys Assessment Information

  • Nearly 80% of USD 232 high school students take a college entrance exam, and almost all students report they plan to participate in college and career-ready education after high school graduation.

    This year, the state of Kansas will pay one time for Juniors to take the ACT or WorkKeys at De Soto High School and Mill Valley High School.

    The typical fee to take the ACT is $46.00, and WorkKeys is $20.00. This is a FREE opportunity provided to all Kansas Juniors.

    Please watch for detailed information on both assessments, coming directly from Mill Valley High School and De Soto High School.

    • ACT - February 25
    • WorkKeys - February 26

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  • What is the ACT?

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    The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Math, Reading, and Science. Student scores reflect the achievement of graduates on the ACT and is an indication of the extent to which students are prepared for college.


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  • What is WorkKeys?

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    ACT WorkKeys assessments measure foundational skills required for success in the workplace, and help measure the workplace skills that can affect job performance. WorkKeys assessments are:

    • Relevant—WorkKeys assessments are developed to solve actual workplace problems. Unlike other assessments, they don’t simply give an indication of reading and writing competency. Instead, they measure a range of hard and soft skills relevant to any occupation, at any level, and across industries.
    • Recognized—Successful completion of WorkKeys core assessments can lead to earning an ACT WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate —a credential that verifies the skills found to be most essential across industries and occupations. Tens of thousands of employers recognize the value of the NCRC, and many recommend the credential to candidates.

    Each assessment offers varying levels of difficulty. The levels build on each other, incorporating the skills assessed at the previous levels. For example, at Level 5, individuals need the skills from Levels 3, 4, and 5. The complexity increases as the quantity and/or density of the information increases.

    Assessments are web-based and most take one hour.

    National Career Readiness Certificate

    Individuals who successfully complete the three WorkKeys assessments—Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents—earn the WorkKeys National Career Readiness Certificate, a valuable credential for students and job seekers seeking to verify foundational workplace skills. ACT WorkKeys also offers additional assessments to measure interests, values, and behaviors that can lead to greater job satisfaction.

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