WorkKeys - Teaching Assistant

WorkKeys Proficiency Certificate for the Teacher Assistant Exam

CCD students are required to schedule a WorkKeys appointment a minimum of 24 hours in advance. No exceptions will be made. If you do not have a testing appointment, you will not be able to take your exam.


Format of the WorkKeys

  • This is a computer-based test consisting of three sections.
  • Offered until 05/01/2018: The WorkKeys business writing test measures the skill individuals use when they write an original response to a work-related situation.
  • The reading for information assessment measures your skill in reading and using work-related information, including instructions, policies, memos, bulletins, notices, letters, manuals, and governmental regulations.
  • The applied mathematics assessment measures your skill in using mathematical reasoning to solve work-related problems.
  • To prepare for these exams, visit ACT and The Learning Manager.


Please allow three (3) hours total for these exams.

  • Business Writing: Essay, 30 Minutes
  • Reading for Information: 33 Multiple-Choice Questions, 55 Minutes
  • Applied Mathematics: 33 Multiple-Choice Questions, 55 Minutes

How to Schedule

This is an appointment based exam. Please be aware that the business writing assessment is only offered until 06/01/2018. Please schedule your appointment 24 hours in advance.

*We do not offer this exam in Spanish.*

ID Requirement

All candidates must provide a government-issued photo ID. The name used for registration must match exactly the name on the ID.


The cost for each sections is $20. Current Denver Public Schools paraprofessionals with a valid DPS ID are eligible for a $5 discount when purchasing all three sections at once. Fees are payable upon check-in at the CCD Testing Center.

  • Scores for the Reading for Information and Applied Mathematics sections will be available immediately after completion of the test.
  • Performance levels will be established by individual schools, districts, and state education agencies.
  • Denver Public Schools has established the following minimum scores: Level 4 for Reading for Information, and Level 4 for Applied Mathematics.

Retest Information

Candidates may take business writing, reading for information, and applied math three (3) times within a 30-day period. A 24-hour waiting period between retests is required.


Written documentation is required in order for the testing center to provide any type of accommodation. The documentation must be written by the diagnosing professional and must meet all ACT guidelines.