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As a prospective student, you will be tested on your skills in Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information. WorkKeys®, developed by ACT, Inc., is a job ready assessment system measuring real-world skills. The WorkKeys assessments are multiple-choice, timed for 55-minutes each and taken on the computer. 


The three sections include:

Applied Mathematics

Measure the skills people use when they apply mathematical reasoning, critical thinking, and problem-solving techniques to work-related problems. The test questions in story problem format require the individual to set up and solve the types of problems and do the types of calculations that actually occur in the workplace.

Graphic Literacy

Measure the skills people use when they work with workplace graphics, such as charts, diagrams, forms and blueprints. Individuals are asked to find information in a graphic or insert information into a graphic. They must also compare, summarize and analyze information found in related graphics.

Workplace Documents

Measure the comprehension skills people use when they read and use written text in order to do a job. The written texts include memos, letters, directions, signs, notices, bulletins, policies and regulations.

All applicants are required to take the WorkKeys assessment prior to the start of the program. Students that score less than a “4” are required to re-test. A minimum score of “4” is required in all three areas to enroll in any program with the exception of LPN which requires a minimum score of “5” in reading and math.


Learn more about WorkKeys at act.org.

You can also click here to view or download a WorkKeys preparation guide with sample questions and answers for the Applied Mathematics and Reading for Information sections.



To see sample questions for each assessment, click here. For more information on pre-admission testing, call 330-896-8102 or email kbailey@plcc.edu.


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