WorkKeys test offers graduation requirement alternative
December 16, 2018 By:MHS Piper
By Teyah Wellard
The WorkKeys is a series of tests that helps any seniors that haven’t met their graduation requirements meet those requirements.
The test is made up of three parts: applied math, workplace documents (which gives testers a reading score), and graphic literacy which consists primarily of looking at graphs and charts. When students take the test there are a few benefits that come from this. There are also some jobs that require National Career Readiness Certification or the NCRC. The NCRC can also help students earn college credits. The college credits count as Reading 120. Anyone who’s taken the SBAC test can take the WorkKeys.
There are ways students can study or practice for the test.
Students wanting to sign up to take the test should go talk to McNary’s Testing Coordinator, Mrs. Sharon Torres, in the testing lab room 266. Students can get a packet that explains where to find the practice test. They can study the notes and take the practice test as many times as needed before the test. Come test day, there are a few things that are important. The test is timed so there is limited amount of time per section. Torres recommends to not leave anything blank and if you don’t know it skip it and come back. The section that students always struggle in the most is the math segment so they should study to make sure that they really understand the material on test day.
The test is graded by the computer, a passing score varies depending on the section. On the math and reading a score of 79 or higher is passing.