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Ready to Work Assessments

In study after study employers identified a lack of skilled workers as their biggest challenge.



Ready to Work is a workforce education and development tool comprised of three proctored assessments:  Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information.  These assessments lead to a work ready credential. It brings employers, learners/job-seekers, and education/workforce partners together in building a skilled workforce, while keeping and attracting businesses with higher-wage jobs and national economic growth.


More than 20 years of prevailing career readiness skills research consistently identifies mastery of core communication, reasoning, and problem-solving skills as required or highly recommended for most jobs across occupations and industries. The research further defines the standards for those core skills in terms of applied workplace math, workplace reading, and use of charts, graphs and similar workplace information. These are the standards that are the basis for the proctored assessments and earning the Ready to Work Credential.

What skills do the assessments measure?

Applied Mathematics - Measures workplace mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills from basic addition, subtraction, and multiplication and division to multiple math functions like calculating percentage discounts. 


Reading for Information - Measures reading comprehension and reasoning skills when using written text on the job including memos, letters, directions, signs, notices, bulletins, policies and regulations.

Locating Information - Measures comprehension and application of workplace graphics such as charts, graphs, tables, forms, flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, maps and instrument gauges.



Research Based Assesements:

The WIN assessments are based on a compilation of prevailing employer-focused research including, but not limited to, the U.S. Department of Labor Survey of Necessary and Comprehensive Skills (SCANS); U.S. Department of Labor Building Blocks Competency Model (Tiers 1-3); U.S. Department of Education Employability Skills Framework; National Network of Business and Industry Associations Common Employability Skills; and Center for Literacy, Education & Employment, Equipped for the Future standards. The assessments are criterion-referenced against an absolute standard or “criterion” for performance. Thus, the assessments measure mastery of specific learning objectives rather than comparing an individual’s scores to the performance of other test takers.


The Upstate Workforce Area still offers ACT Workkeys Job Profling and Assessements. 

Is Job Profiling the right approach if your organization?
Do you prefer the following:

  • A task list describing activities of the job with tasks tailored by
    the employees.
  • A customized Job Profile Report documenting the tasks of the job,
    skill levels required for the job, and the qualitative reasoning behind
    the skill levels provided by the job incumbents.
  • Results that can be used to support hiring, promotion, and training decisions.


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