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 Mathematics
    ​Measures the skills people use when they apply mathematical reasoning, critical thinking, and problem-solving techniques to work-related problems. The test questions require the individual to set up and solve the types of problems and perform the types of calculations that actually occur in the workplace. 
  • Locating Information
    ​Measures the skills people use when they work with workplace graphics. Individuals are asked to find information in a graphic or insert information into a graphic. They also must compare, summarize, and analyze information found in related graphics. 
  • Reading for Information
    ​Measures the skills people use when they read and use text in order to do a job. The texts include memos, letters, directions, signs, notices, bulletins, policies, and regulations. Reading for Information materials do not include information that is presented graphically, such as in charts, forms, or blueprints.

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

Certificates Level 3 score on all assessments earns Bronze certificate Level 4 score on all assessments earns Silver certificate Level 5 score on all assessments earns Gold Certificate 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.

Are you ready to show your skills?
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