Marcia Hultman

Cabinet Secretary

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National Career Readiness Certificate

Getting Started

For more information on how to acquire a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), contact any job service office.

Preparing for the WorkKeys Assessment: KeyTrain®

KeyTrain is a comprehensive, easy-to-use system for improving the basic skills measured by the WorkKeys Assessment System. Using KeyTrain, individuals can assess their potential WorkKeys score, review topics in each WorkKeys skill area and practice with item types similar to those found on an actual WorkKeys assessment.

The KeyTrain system includes targeted, self-paced instruction, pre- and post-assessments, a complete learning management system and an occupational job profile database. These components can help individuals learn, practice and demonstrate the skills they need to succeed in the jobs and career they desire.

WorkKeys Assessment

The WorkKeys assessment system, developed by ACT, is the leading job skills assessment system in the nation. These assessments measure real world foundational skills critical to job success, regardless of occupation. WorkKeys assessments can provide reliable, relevant information about an individual’s workplace skill levels.

ACT has profiled more than 20,000 individual jobs across the country to determine the skill being used and the level needed for job success. According to ACT findings, three skills are essential to nearly every job: applied math, graphic literacy and workplace documents.

Sample Questions:

Applied Math

Graphic Literacy

Workplace Documents

WorkKeys assessments are considered high-stakes exams. They are proctored by a statewide network of providers contracted by the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation.