Georgia Work Ready
Students enrolled in Work-Based Learning will take the Georgia Work Ready Test as part of their portfolio. This is a valuable tool to have when you are looking for employment. Many Georgia companies are requiring this as a prerequisite to being considered for employment.
Eligibility for High School Students
- Georgia Work Ready is an initiative administered by the Governor's Office of Workforce Development to ensure that Georgia has an available skilled workforce to attract business and industry to our state; therefore, the Work Ready assessment is designed as an evaluative tool for measuring the professional skills of the available workforce.
- The backbone of the initiative is the worker certification program that assesses the real-world skills of Georgia’s workers and provides valuable job training. That, combined with an innovative job profiling process that accurately identifies what kind of worker a company needs, is helping Georgia workers find great jobs and realize a better quality of life.
- The Governor's Office of Workforce Development currently uses ACT Work Keys testing in the areas of applied math, reading for information, and locating information as the three assessments that comprise the Georgia Work Ready assessment that our students will take.
- The Governor's Office of Workforce Development has established a policy regarding the minimum age and grade requirements for individuals attempting to earn a Georgia Work Ready Certificate.
High School students are eligible to earn a Work Ready Certificate as a rising senior or during their senior year.
Students will receive a score in each of the three core areas: 1) Reading for Information, 2) Applied Math, and 3) Locating Information. The certificate level of platinum, gold, silver, or bronze will be based on the lowest score you make. For example, if you score a platinum on one test, a gold on one test and a sliver on one test, your certificate will be silver.
Platinum: signifies a score of at least level six in each of the three core areas and the necessary skills for 99 percent of profiled jobs
Gold: signifies a score of at least level five in each of the three core areas and the necessary skills for 90 percent of profiled jobs
Silver: signifies a score of at least level four in each of the three core areas and the necessary skills for 65 percent of profiled jobs
Bronze: signifies a score of at least level three in each of the three core areas and the necessary skills for 35 percent of profiled jobs
If a student wants to improve his/her score, they will be given the opportunity to participate in GAP training on-line. Information about this will be given when the student takes the Work Ready Test.
Benefits of Holding a Georgia Work Ready Certificate
Earning a Work Ready Certificate can be your ticket to the job you've always wanted. The Certificate verifies your work readiness skill level to potential employers and demonstrates your commitment to success. If you want to improve your skills after testing, Georgia also offers free and easy-to-access training programs. All of this adds up to a competitive advantage, better job opportunities and a brighter future.
If you do well on the Georgia Work Ready Certificate, you are encouraged to add this credential to your résumé so it can be used to help you when looking for your next job.