• The ACT WorkKeys Workplace Documents and Business Writing tests can be used as substitutes for the English SOL  EOC Reading and EOC Writing tests given to students in English 11. 

    Workplace Documents

    Employees must be able to understand written text to do a job. The Workplace Documents assessment measures skills that individuals use when they read real workplace documents and use that information to make job-related decisions and solve problems. The documents include messages, emails, letters, directions, signs, bulletins, policies, websites, contracts, and regulations. There are five levels of difficulty. Level 3 is the least complex, and Level 7 is the most complex. The passing score for this test is 4.

    Students have 55 minutes to answer 35 questions; however, English learners can be eligible for certain accommodations such as a bilingual dictionary, audio, and triple time.

    Here's an example of a practice Workplace Documents test.

    Business Writing

    The Business Writing assessment measures the skill used when writing an original response to a work-related situation. The student provides a writing sample that is scored for sentence structure, mechanics, grammar, word usage, tone and word choice, organization and focus, and development of ideas.There are five skill levels. Level 1 is the least complex, and Level 5 is the most complex.  With the increased skill required at each level, the writing communicates more clearly and smoothly as they move to Level 5. At the same time, errors become less frequent and less serious. 

    Students have 30 minutes to write in response to one prompt; however, English learners are permitted to use a bilingual dictionary and are given 45 minutes.

    Here are different responses to the same sample prompt, with the score each response received.

Last Modified on March 14, 2023