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Welcome Job Seekers

OhioMeansSkills Communities can help you gain credentials for skills employers need. Participating employers commit to using skill scores to hire high-quality, qualified employees.

Extensive research on nearly 20,000 occupations has identified applied mathematics, listening for understanding and reading for information as three foundational skills that are essential to success in most jobs. For that reason, job seekers are encouraged to take the following ACT WorkKeys® assessments: Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information and Locating Information. The recommended scores for these three tests appear with each job posting on Your OhioMeansSkills Community may offer other assessments, as well.

How do I get a skills score?  

Take WorkKeys® assessments. They’re not like the tests you took in school that focus on history, algebra, science, etc. WorkKeys® assessments measure common workplace skills needed in most jobs.

Practice first.  

Start by taking the practice assessments on

Step 1: If you haven’t already, create a user account.

Step 2: Take the WorkKeys® Core Practice Assessments. Your scores will automatically be saved to your "backpack." 

You’re ready to take the WorkKeys® assessments if:

You met or exceeded the skill scores for your targeted position 
You scored at least a level 3 for each assessment.

What do my scores mean?

Skill scores range from Level 3 to Level 7, depending on the assessment. The higher the score, the better. For more information, see Understanding and Using Your WorkKeys Skills Score.

Still have questions? Check out these frequently asked questions.