QRA Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of skills does the QRA/WorkKeys® Applied Mathematics assessment measure?

The QRA/WorkKeys® Applied Mathematics assessment includes practical questions that test locating and identifying information and practicing application of that information. Some examples include: calculating the best deal, and determining production rates and measurements.

Is there a way to determine if my quantitative reasoning skills match my career goals?

Yes! Search the ACT Job Profiles webpage to determine the Applied Mathematics level needed for thousands of jobs. The webpage allows you to search by job title or job cluster.

What should I expect when using KeyTrain®?

The KeyTrain® training system includes:

  • a short pretest to determine your best starting point for lessons;
  • lessons that correspond to concepts covered in levels 1-7 on the WorkKeys® assessment; and
  • quizzes following each lesson.

The pretest and lesson quizzes have questions similar to the actual QRA/WorkKeys® Applied Mathematics assessment. When you pass a lesson quiz, you have the option to print a certificate to document completion of that skill level. You can continue working in KeyTrain® to master higher skill levels. If you do not pass the quiz, the program will re-direct you to lessons to help build your skills.

What should I expect when I take the QRA/WorkKeys® Applied Mathematics assessment?

The test is 33 questions long and you have 55 minutes to complete it. The test will be administered on a CCV computer. You will also be able to use a pencil, blank paper, the Applied Math formula sheet, and a calculator during the test. You may use your own calculator, but it must be a simple (4-function) calculator. You may not use a cell phone as your calculator. CCV will provide a calculator if you do not have one.

You will have the opportunity to complete practice questions before the actual test launches. After the assessment, you will receive your score, a list of skills you have mastered, and suggestions for improving your skills.

Plan to arrive for the assessment early. You will not be able to take the assessment if you arrive after the start time. The test, setup, practice questions, and final feedback may take up to 1.5 hours.

How will I know my QRA/WorkKeys® Applied Mathematics score?

A CCV staff person will print a certificate with your WorkKeys® Applied Mathematics score after you complete the exam. Depending on staff availability, you may receive your results immediately following the assessment or the certificate will be mailed to you, usually within two working days.

The certificate will include a list of the skills that correlate to your WorkKeys® level. You must score at a 5 or higher to meet the QR graduation requirement.

What if I do not earn a score of 5 or higher on the QRA/WorkKeys® Applied Mathematics assessment?

If you do not reach level 5 on your first attempt, you should practice in KeyTrain® to further prepare for the assessment. Once you have reached level 5 or higher in KeyTrain®, you can print your level mastery sheet and ask to take the assessment a second time.

Students are allowed to take the QRA/WorkKeys® Applied Mathematics twice per semester. You must wait a minimum of two weeks between your first and second attempt. You must prove that you have passed a level 5 or higher quiz in KeyTrain® before registering for a second attempt.

Do ADA accommodations apply for students taking the QRA/WorkKeys® Applied Mathematics assessment?

Yes, students must have a documented disability and must meet CCV ADA accommodation eligibility requirements to receive accommodations on the QRA/WorkKeys® Applied Mathematics assessment. Please work with the ADA coordinator in your center to determine if you are eligible for accommodations.

Can students who are out-of-state take the QRA/WorkKeys® Applied Mathematics assessment?

Yes. The WorkKeys® Applied Mathematics assessment is a national credential, and there are testing centers throughout the United States. Use the ACT website to locate a local test center. Make the necessary arrangements, and to have your scores sent to the CCV Registrar’s Office. You will need to pay a small fee at a non-CCV testing center.

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