So you have to take the ACT WorkKeys exam, and need to prepare.
Use the following links for assistance to ensure your success.

  1. Free ACT WorkKeys practice tests through Ohio Means Jobs this will take you to the following website:

    On this site you can choose between the following options:
    Simulation: Mimics the exam, the test will stop when the timer is up
    Practice: Once you finish the exam you can see answer explanations
    Learner: You can view the answers to each question as you go along

  2. ACT WorkKeys Test Preparation this will take you to the following website:

    On this site you can access practice exams. There are paid packages, but there is also a free practice exam. You will need to sign up for an account, but again it’s free

  3. Helpful Resources:

    Ohio Means Job website has many math resources available:
    From the Ohio Means Job Website
    Click on “Individual” and Scroll to the bottom of the page and select “Backpack” to create a free account
    Click on “College Student” tab at the top of the page
    Select “Online Training”
    Click “Visit Online Training Center”
    Click “Adult Learning Resources”
    Select “Build your Math Skills”
    Under this selection you have 3 options
    1. eBooks - “Practical Math Success in 20 minutes a day” is a good resource
    2. Tutorials - Work at your own pace
    3. Practice Sets – Multiple practice problems

  4. Kahn Academy’s website has math lessons, videos, and practice problems

    A student wanting to enter the LPN program at NCI must obtain a level 5 or higher on the applied mathematics section of the WorkKeys exam. To reach a level 5, you must also be proficient in level 3 and 4 information as stated below. This information was taken directly from the WorkKeys website.

    What it Measures

    There are five levels of difficulty. Level 3 is the least complex, and Level 7 is the most complex. The levels build on each other, each incorporating the skills assessed at the previous levels. For example, at Level 5, individuals need the skills from Levels 3, 4, and 5. Examples are included with each level description.

    Level 3

    Characteristics of Items

    • Translate easily from a word problem to a math equation
    • All needed information is presented in logical order
    • No extra information


    • Solve problems that require one type of mathematical operation. They add or subtract either positive or negative numbers (such as 10 or -2). They multiply or divide using only positive numbers (such as 10).
    • Convert a familiar fraction (such as ½ or ¼ to a decimal) and convert from a decimal to a common fraction; OR convert between decimals to percentages (such as 0.75 to 75%).
    • Convert between familiar units of money and time (such as one hour equals 60 minutes or ½ of a dollar equals $0.50).
    • Add the prices of several products together to find the total, and calculate the correct change for a customer.

    Level 4

    Characteristics of Items

    • Information may be presented out of order
    • May include extra, unnecessary information
    • May include a simple chart, diagram, or graph


    • Solve problems that require one or two mathematical operations. They can add, subtract, or multiply using positive or negative numbers (such as 10 or -2), and they can divide positive numbers (such as 10).
    • Calculate the average or mean of a set of numbers (such as (10+11+12) /3 )). For this, they may use whole numbers and decimals.
    • Figure out simple ratios (such as ¾), simple proportions (such as 10/100 cases), or rates (such as 10 mph).
    • Add commonly known fractions, decimals, or percentages (such as ½, 0.75, or 25%).
    • Add or subtract fractions with a common denominator (such as ¼ + ¾ + ¼).
    • Multiply a mixed number (such 12 1/8) by a whole number or a decimal.
    • Put information in the right order before performing calculations.

    Level 5

    Characteristics of Items

    • Problems require several steps of logic and calculation (e.g., problem may involve completing an order form by totaling the order and then computing tax)

    • Decide what information, calculations, or unit conversions to use to find the answer to a problem.
    • Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (such as ½ - ¼).
    • Convert units within or between systems of measurement (e.g., time, measurement, quantity) where the conversion factor is given either in the problem or in the formula sheet.
    • Solve problems that require mathematical operations using mixed units (such as adding 6 feet and 4 inches to 3 feet and 10 inches, or subtracting 4 hours and 30 minutes from 3.5 hours).
    • Identify the best deal using one or two step calculations that meet the stated conditions.
    • Calculate the perimeter or circumference of a basic shape, or calculate the area of a basic shape.
    • Calculate a given percentage of a given number and then use that percentage to find the solution to a problem (e.g., find the percentage and then use it to find the discount, markup, or tax).
    • Identify where a mistake occurred in a calculation (such as identifying the row in a spreadsheet where a problem occurred).

    Level 6

    Characteristics of Items

    • May require considerable translation from verbal form to mathematical expression
    • Generally require considerable setup and involve multiple-step calculations


    • Use fractions with unlike denominators and calculate reverse percentages.
    • Convert units within or between systems of measurement (e.g., time, measurement, and quantity) where multiple-step conversions are required and the formulas are provided such as converting from kilometers to meters to feet.
    • Identify why a mistake occurred in a solution.
    • Find the best deal from a group of solutions and then use the result for another calculation.
    • Find the area of basic shapes when it may be necessary to rearrange a formula, convert units of measurement in the calculations, or use the result in further calculations.
    • Calculate the volume of rectangular solids (e.g., cubes).
    • Calculate rates, productions rates, rate by time (such as, production rate is 59 cups produced per hour, how many will be produced in an 8 hour shift).