National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC)

Prove You Have the Skills Employers Need

The ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is an assessment-based credential available at no cost to you or employers. The NCRC is composed of three WorkKeys® assessments that measure skills critical to on-the-job success across industries and occupations: 

  • Applied Math
    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. Get more information about what to expect on the Applied Math assessment.
  • Workplace Documents
    The Workplace Documents assessment measures the skill people use when they read and use written text such as memos, letters, directions, signs, notices, bulletins, policies, and regulations on the job. Get more information about what to expect on the Workplace Documents assessment.
  • Graphic Literacy
    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. Get more information about what to expect on the Graphic Literacy assessment.

The NCRC is useful for all industries and jobs at every level

NCRC Bronze
Level 3 score on all assessments earns Bronze certificate
NCRC Silver
Level 4 score on all assessments earns Silver certificate
Level 5 score on all assessments earns Gold Certificate
NCRC Platinum
Level 6 score on all assessments earns Platinum certificate
Skill levels show ability For 35% of jobs* For 65% of jobs* For 90% of jobs* For 99% of jobs*
Sample occupation correlations Auto Body Repair
Veterinary Assistant
Janitorial Supervisor
Drywall Installer
Pharmacy Aid
Administrative Manager
Head Cook
Medical Assistant
Engineering Tech
School Counselor
Pharmacy Tech
Semi-Conductor Processor
Business Executive
Technical Writer
Sales Manager
Registered Nurse Manager
Elevator Installer

*Approximate percentage based on jobs in the Workkeys® occupational profile database.

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Learn more about ACTNCRC, and WorkKeys®.

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