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Work Readiness Credential

National Work Readiness Certification
(Excellent Candidates: High School, GED, Post-Secondary, Workforce)
Pre-requisite: Complete Work-Readiness Course

Earn a Work Readiness Certification today!
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The National Work Readiness Credential is a certification of work readiness for entry-level work as defined by employers. It is the first national standards-based assessment for entry-level workers to provide a universal, transferable, national standard for work readiness.

The Work Readiness Credential (WRC) was developed to provide a national, portable knowledge-based assessment certificate that affirms individual job seekers have demonstrated the foundation knowledge and skills that are needed for successful performance as entry-level workers1. The WRC is intended to address the following purposes:

  • To enable adults and older youth to demonstrate to prospective employers that they have the knowledge and skills needed for successful performance as entry-level workers.

  • To streamline the hiring process for business, by identifying a work-ready pool of job applicants.

  • To improve the ability of local, regional and state workforce development systems to reliably identify and consistently refer work-ready applicants to their business customers.

  • To improve the ability of these systems to help individuals develop the knowledge and skills required to be fully competent entry-level workers in the 21st Century workplace.

The WRC is based on a standard defined by business for entry-level work readiness. The standard was defined by collecting and aggregating information across industry clusters to create a non-industry-specific composite profile. This profile reflects the knowledge, skills, and abilities that front-line workers, supervisors, managers, and other workforce experts agree are most important to successful performance of entry-level work in the 21st Century workplace. The ability of these systems to help individuals develop the knowledge and skills required to be fully competent entry-level workers in the 21st Century workplace.

To earn the Work Readiness Credential, candidates must pass all four of the tests in the assessment battery:

  1. Work Readiness Reading Test (assesses Reading with Understanding)
  2. Work Readiness Math Test (assesses using Math)
  3. Work Readiness Oral Language Test (assesses Speaking and Listening)
  4. Work Readiness Situational Judgment Test (assesses five skills: Corporate with Others, Resolve Conflict; and
  5. Negotiate, Solve Problems and Make Decisions, Observe Critically, Take Responsibility for Learning)

Candidates will be allotted a total of three hours to complete all four tests. Candidates may take the tests in any order they desire. In addition, candidates may take 1, 2, 3 or 4 of the tests in a sitting. All 4 tests must be completed within 30 days of when the 1st test is taken. Any tests which are not completed within that 30 day period will be considered as failed.

All items in the Math, Reading and Situational Judgment (SJT) tests are presented in multiple choice formats. The SJT is different in that the candidate will be making 2 selections for each item. The details of the differences between the Math and Reading tests and the SJT are listed below in the SJT section. The items in the Oral Language Test (OLT) are presented orally (via the computer), and the candidate will respond orally as well.

For the Math, Reading and Situational Judgment tests, candidates may skip a question and come back to it before submitting the test for evaluation and/or may review all responses once they have completed the test (before submitting the test for scoring), as long as the allotted time has not expired. In the OLT, candidates are NOT able to review or change their responses, or hear the oral question more than once.

Work Readiness Reading Test
Time Allotted: 45 minutes

The Reading Test consists of 30 multiple choice items (with an additional 5 items for pre-testing purposes). A passage or scenario will be presented, with two or more items relating to the given scenario. For each item, the candidate must select the correct answer from among 4 response options.

Work Readiness Math Test
Time Allotted: 45 minutes

The Math Test consists of 30 multiple choice items (with an additional 5 items for pre-testing purposes). A situation will be presented in the stem of the item, and the examinees must select the correct answer from among 4 response options. The candidates will be able to access a four function calculator in the PASS system, but may not use any other calculator.

Work Readiness OLT
Time Allotted: 30 minutes

The OLT consists of 5 scenarios, with 3 tasks associated with each scenario. The candidate will be randomly assigned a set of scenarios from one of five possible job sectors. The scenarios will be accompanied by a graphic illustrating the given scenario. The computer provides a verbal prompt (the prompt will not be displayed on the screen at all), and then the candidate will respond by speaking into the provided microphone. No scratch paper is allowed for the OLT.

Work Readiness SJT
Time Allotted: 60 minutes

The SJT consists of 40 multiple choice items (with an additional 5 items for pre-testing purposes). A situation will be presented in the stem of the item. The candidates must make two selections in the SJT for the most effective (“best”) option for handling the situation described in the stem of the item, and for the least effective (“worst”) option for handling that same situation.

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