Work Keys Placement Testing

WorkKeys is a national system for teaching and assessing workplace skills that connects knowing with doing and learning with earning.  WorkKeys enables education and business to work together to strengthen achievement of workplace skills.  For additional information about the WorkKeys assessment system, please visit


All potential students seeking admission to technical program will be tested using the WorkKeys Workplace Documents and Applied Math assessments.


Potential students are reminded that this is not a pass/fail test and that they are not competing against anyone.  WorkKeys scores are reported on a scale from <3 to 7; Level 3 is the least complex and Level 7 is most complex.  Level 3 is established at the point where a business would begin to show interest in assessing individuals.


Workplace Documents: 35 multiple-choice questions that increase in difficulty.  Test time is 55 minutes.
Applied Math: 34 multiple-choice questions that increase in difficulty.  Test time is 55 minutes.  Students can bring their own calculator or a calculator will be provided to use when taking the Applied Mathematics assessment.



Potential students need to inform testing staff when making their assessment appointment if they are/were ever on an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or considered for Special Educational Services while attending K-12.  These students will be given special time consideration.


To particpate in WorkKeys Placement Testing, please schedule an appointment: 


HCC Technical Center - Jerry Lewman - 785-442-6233 -

HCC Wamego Center - Gentry Howell - 785-442-6294 -

HCC Western Center - Stacey Jones - 785-442-6251 -



Technical Program Skill Levels
        Math   Workplace Documents
Business Technology     4     4  
Auto Collision & Refinishing     4     4  
Automotive Technology   5     5  
Construction Technology   4     4  
Computer Support Specialist   5     5  
Diesel Technology     5     5  
Early Childhood     4     4  
Electrical Technology     5     5  
Engineering Graphics and Technologies 5     5  
HVAC     5     5  
Medical Assistant   4     5  
Practical Nursing   5     6  
Precision Agricuture     5     5  
Welding Technology     4     4  


These are the scores that students must have prior to graduating from a techncial program. Applicants must meet program minimum standards prior to program acceptance (minimum standard is one level below the graduation requirement).   Students scoring one level below or more will be advised to make arrangements with the Learning Resource Center to help them improve their WorkKeys scores.


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