Assessments

Free Assessments for Providers and Customers


​About Assessments​

An assessment is a process to assist the customers in identifying :

  • strengths
  • employability and transferable skills
  • interests
  • work values​​​
  • personal priorities for employment

Assessment is part of the process leading to self-awareness and relies on the active participation of the customer. As part of this process, it is important for the customer to understand purpose and expected outcome of the assessment.

Before the assessment, explain the:

  • Purpose: Why should they complete the assessment?

  • Expectations: What do they have to do? How long will it take? 

  • Results: What do the results mean? How can I use the results?

Illinois workNet Assessments

    Illinois workNet offers assessments that can be used as part of the career development process.​​​​​​​  The following assessments are available online with this site:

    • Skill and Interest Surveys (Self-accessed Assessments)

    • Employment 101 Pre / Post-Assessment and Certificate of Completion (Self-accessed Assessments)

    • NOCTI 21st Century Skills Assessment Certificate (Partner Initiated Assessment)

    • Observational Assessment (Partner Initiated Assessment)

    • Worksite Evaluation (Partner Initiated Assessment)​​

    Learn more about these options below. 

    Print instructions for more details and get started today!  Still have questions? Go to Partner FAQ.


    Skill and Interests Surveys


    Career ExplorationCareer Exploration Self-Accessed AssessmentSelf-Accessed Assessment

    Purpose: Skill and interest surveys are online questionnaires that help customers identify what they like to do or what they are good at so they can move toward a career choice or career change.   There are no right or wrong answers. They are not timed assessments. Customers can use the results as a starting point for exploring potential career pathways.

    Surveys offered through Illinois workNet include:

    • Interest Profiler 

      • Expectations: There are 180 activities. Choose if you like, dislike, or are unsure for each activity (10-20 minutes).

      • Results: Organizes interests into 6 categories of work.

    • SKILLS Profiler

      • Expectations: Select 35 skills and group them as very, moderate, or somewhat satisfying (10-20 minutes).

      • Results: Lists top 30 occupations that match your skills. Calculates Holland Personality Type.

    • Work Importance Locator

      • Expectations: Group 20 statements based on how important the work aspect is to you (5-15 minutes).

      • Results: Provides scores for six work values and occupations for each work value.

    • Career Cluster Inventory

      • Expectations: Rate 80 activities as "like very much," "like," "dislike," or "not sure" (5-25 minutes).

      • Results: Provides a graph indicating how your interests match up to each career cluster area.

    Access to the Assessment and Results:

    • Customers can access the assessments and saved results through their My Dashboard. All saved results stay with the customer's account. They can retake and save their results an unlimited number of times.

    • Approved providers will able to view saved survey result through specific program tools.


    Employment 101 Pre / Post-Assessments


     Career ExplorationEarn Career Development Certificate Self-Accessed AssessmentSelf-Accessed Assessment

    Purpose: Employment 101 is a guided approach that includes assessments, articles, planners and other resources to help customer reach their training and employment goals. The purpose of the Employment 101 Pre-Assessment is to check the customer's knowledge, but it is not required. The purpose of the Employment 101 Post-Assessment is to check what the customer has learned during the guided process, and to unlock their certificate of completion.

    Topics Covered:

    • Career Exploration
    • Training Program Exploration
    • Workplace Skills
    • Job Search Skills
    • Goal-Setting
    • Violence Prevention and Awareness

    Pre-Assessment:

    • Expectations: Complete 25 multiple choice questions. This online assessment is only completed once. It is not a timed assessment  (15-20 minutes).

    • Results: This assessment is graded, but the grade is not counted against you.

    Post-Assessment:

    • Expectations: Complete 25 multiple choice questions. This online assessment is not timed. It can be completed an unlimited number of times, but only the highest score is saved in the customer's account (15-20 minutes).

    • Results:  This assessment is graded.  Once customers score 70% or higher, they earn their certificate of completion. This certificate / digital badge can be added to their portfolios. 

    Access to the Assessment and Results:

    • Customers can access the assessments and saved results through their My Dashboard. All saved results stay with the customer's account. He or she can retake and save his or her results an unlimited number of times.

    • Approved providers will able to view saved result through specific program tools.


    NOCTI 21st Century Skills


    QualifyEarn NOCTI Certificate  Partner InitiatedPartner Initiated Assessment

    Purpose: The NOCTI 21st Century Skills Assessment is a non-occupation-specific assessment used measure employability areas identified in the National Career Cluster model. The results can help customers identify their current skill level and skills that need enhancement. There is normally a cost associated with completing this assessment, but it is free for all Illinois workNet partners.

    Expectations:

    • The assessment is 144 questions, 3-hour timed, online, and proctored. 

    • Providers order the assessments through Illinois workNet for either one 3-hour session, two 90-minute sessions, or three 60-minute sessions. A text-to-speech format is available for those with special needs.

    • Customers go to the testing site that is identified by the provider. The provider will provide instructions on how to access the online assessment. 

    Results: 

    • Once complete, customers will receive their initial results. Once the assessments are officially scored by NOCTI, the results will populate the customers Illinois workNet account.

    • Customers will be able to download their NOCTI certificate upon successful completion. This certificate can be added to their portfolios as a credential to show evidence of workplace skills.

    Access to the Assessment and Results:

    • Customers can access the assessment per the instructions created when the assessments were ordered. These instructions are distributed in the proctored environment.

    • Customers can access saved results through their My Dashboard. All saved results stay with the customers account. 

    • Approved providers will able to view result through specific program tools.


    Observational Evaluation


    Training & CredentialsDevelop Workplace Skills During Training Partner InitiatedPartner Initiated Assessment

    Purpose: Training providers use this tool to give customers feedback about their workplace skills using a similar approach as an employer. This assessment was developed for use in a program where a person’s skills are observed multiple times in different situations over a course of time (6-week minimum is recommended). This ensures that a skill set is habitual rather than a temporary performance.

    Expectations: 

    • Review the Observational Evaluation Rubric for 16 skills that cover 5 basic sections:  Fundamentals, Work Ethic / Character, Problem Solving, Interpersonal, and Computer.  

    • Customers practice these skills during their training just as they would at their job. 

    • The training provider completes the Observational Assessment within the Illinois workNet portal. (< 5 min/customer)

     Results:

    • Successfully completing the Observational Assessment is defined as:

      • “YES” in all fundamentals.

      • “Meets Standard” or “Exceeds Standard” in Work Ethic / Character, Problem Solving, Interpersonal and Computer.

      • IMPORTANT NOTE: Scores are not averaged. Each skill has its own cut score of either “Yes” or “Meets Standard.”

    • The provider and customer review the results and discuss examples where the customer excels and how to further develop his or her skills.

    Access to the Assessment and Results:

    • Customers do not complete this assessment, but they can access saved results through their My Dashboard. All saved results stay with the customer's account.

    • Approved providers will able to complete the assessment and view previously saved results through specific program tools.


    Worksite Evaluation


    Jobs - worksite experienceWorksite Experience / Skill Development  Partner InitiatedPartner Initiated Assessment

    Purpose: Worksite supervisors use this tool to give interns and youth feedback about their workplace skills while on the job. This assessment was developed for use to provide formative feedback for workers with minimal work experience. A worker’s skills are observed multiple times in different situations during the course of their work experience.  This is ideal for employers (both work-based learning and job placements) to provide constructive feedback available to workforce partner and the worker.

    Expectations: 

    • Review the Worksite Evaluation Rubric for 10 foundation skills on or before the first day of the experience. Complete a review two weeks into the experience, and again at the end of the experience.

    • Intern / youth practices these skills during his or her work experience.

    • The training provider coordinates / emails the worksite evaluation link to the supervisor. The supervisor completes the evaluation. (< 5 min per intern / youth)

     Results:

    • Successfully completing the worksite evaluation is defined as scoring a minimum of seven out of ten foundation skills with a rating of “Needs Development” or higher.

    • The supervisor and intern / youth review the results and discuss examples where they excel and how to further develop their skills.

    Access to the Assessment and Results:

    • Customers (worker) do not complete this assessment, but they can access saved results through their My Dashboard. All saved results stay with the customer's account.

    • Approved providers will able to complete the assessment or send an automated email that will give the supervisor access to complete the evaluation.

    • Approved providers can view previously saved results through specific program tools.


    Resources


    Self-Accessed AssessmentSelf-Accessed Assessments

    Skills and Interest Surveys

    Employment 101 Pre/Post-Assessments

    Partner InitiatedPartner Initiated Assessment

    NOCTI 21st Century Skills

    Observational Evaluation

    Worksite Evaluation