WorkKeys Assessments: Applied Math

The WorkKeys Applied Math assessment is published by ACT and measures critical thinking, mathematical reasoning,  and problem solving techniques for situations that occur in today’s workplace. The test is 55 minutes and 34 items, and students are allowed to use calculators. The test represents 5 levels of difficulty and can be used in combination with the WorkKeys Graphic Literacy
test and the WorkKeys Workplace Documents test to award a student the National Career Readiness Certificate.

Content

Sub-Category
Domains
Ratios & Proportional Relationships,
Measurement & Data,
Operations & Algebraic Thinking,
Functions,
Number & Operations—Fractions,
Counting & Cardinality
Subdomain

Required skills on this assessment may include:

  • Solving math problems using one mathematical operation
  • Calculating customer order totals and correct change
  • Identifying necessary and unnecessary information within a word problem
  • Adding commonly used decimals, fractions, and percentages (such as .25 or 50%)
  • Using multiple steps of mathematical reasoning and calculation in a single problem
  • Solving problems which require operations using mixed units (such as subtracting 2 feet and 9 inches from 4 feet and 11 inches, or adding 3 hours and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes)
  • Using multiple step conversions to convert units between or within systems of measurement (such us converting from kilograms to grams to pounds)
  • Identifying the appropriate equation to solve a problem
  • Setting up and manipulating rates, ratios, or proportions when at least one quantity is a fraction
Grades
11th Grade,
12th Grade
Languages
English,
Spanish
Respondent
Student

Administration Information

Length
55 Minutes, 34 Items
Qualifications

All members of the testing staff are required to complete a training plan to prepare for the test administration. https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/workkeys-for-e… 

Administration
Computer,
Paper
Timed
Yes

Access and Use

Price

$22.00

Open Access
No
Use in Research

Jensen, S. K. (2006). An investigation of the relationship among attitudes toward cooperation, math anxiety, and mathematics performance in vocational education courses with an enhanced mathematics curriculum. University of Minnesota. https://search.proquest.com/docview/305308557

Sadler, W. (2009). "WorkKeys Mathematics Skill-Level Scores as Predictors for Placement into College-Level Mathematics." Old Dominion University. https://digitalcommons.odu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1074&context…

Psychometrics

Scoring
Computer scoring
Referencing
Criterion-referenced
Psychometric References

ACT (2019). WorkKeys Applied Mathematics technical manual. https://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/WorkKeys-Applie…

National Comparison
No
Item Type
Multiple choice