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Assessment Overview

Virginia is a charter member of CTECS and CTECS is proud to serve as the assessment provider for the Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth Assessment (WRS), our most popular assessment, created under the strong leadership and vision of the Department of Career and Technical Education Services, Virginia Department of Education. Read about CTECS' role in the creation of these skills as part of the 2010 Workplace Readiness Skills initiative in Virginia. CTECS also supported the creation of the current skills list by supplying research for the Technology Skills area.

Forms of the Test: 

  • WRS Pre-test—an unofficial test in the same format as the official WRS Test that allows educators to set baselines and students to prepare for the actual test. Test items differ from those on the official WRS Test.

  • WRS Test—the official test taken the first time that validates competency in each skill within a comprehensive score.

  • WRS Retake—the second attempt to pass the official test that uses the same items. Test takers MUST wait at least 14 days between the WRS Test and the WRS Retake.Test

WRS proctors and test site administrators are asked to follow every step of the process to ensure a positive assessment experience.

CTECS offers a WRS Pre-Test, the official WRS Test, and one WRS Retake per student.


Test Price
WRS Pre-test $7
WRS Assessment $10
WRS Retake $10


WRS Pre-Test and WRS Test Characteristics:

  • Web-based (online) delivery through the E-SESS system in a proctored environment (teachers may NOT proctor their own students)

  • 100-question, multiple-choice test

  • One-hour window for completion (see extended time exceptions in Policies)

  • Passing score of 75 percent or higher (validated using the Modifed-Angoff Cut-Score methodology)  earns the test taker an official certificate.

  • Test site administrators have instant access to results upon completion.

  • Test takers who do not pass the official WRS test are eligible for ONE retake (students who pass cannot retake the test for any reason). All standard requirements are identical for the WRS Retake and the official WRS Test, including the passing score.

  • There is no software to install. For all other basic technical requirements, please click IT Requirements.


For more information on CTECS, the test provider, visit www.ctecs.org