Mayor Deke Copenhaver and several other Augusta leaders agreed to be tested today to "set an example" for the city becoming a certified Georgia Work Ready Community.
"I haven't had much time to prepare, but I'm hoping for a platinum score just the same," Copenhaver said.
The series of tests, administered in an Augusta computer lab, measure a citizen's skills and work readiness.
In order to become a certified Work Ready community, Augusta must show that large segments of its public and private employees, its high school and college students and its unemployed have taken the tests, said Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce President Sue Parr, who also was tested.
An initiative of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Gov. Sonny Perdue, the certification will "help to draw new business to the area and help economic growth," Copenhaver said.