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Kirkwood Test Center aims to provide the highest quality testing services by maintaining a secure facility, skilled and courteous employees, and positive working relationships with students, faculty, and the public.

Faculty FAQ

What should I tell my student about using the Test Center?

Kirkwood Test Center administers exams by appointment only. All test takers must make an appointment in order to test. Please instruct your students to locate available exams in their Talon course shell. Instructions on how to make an appointment can be found here. Please encourage your students to make their appointments as early in advance as possible, as seats will fill up.

What does my student need to know about Test Center expectations?

Please direct your students to the Test Center website, and especially our Know Before You Go page, for the most up-to-date instructions and expectations. Students are required to make an appointment for testing and are required to present a photo ID in order to test.

Can students take an exam without an appointment?

No, appointments are not optional. In your communications with your students, please ensure that this is not misrepresented. Appointments are not optional.

Can I drop off an exam to the Test Center?

No. The Test Center uses RegisterBlast to manage exam requests from faculty. If you want to use the Test Center, you will need a RegisterBlast account. If you do not have a RegisterBlast account or you do not remember your RegisterBlast credentials, please email the Test Center from your faculty email account to request access.

How do I get my paper-and-pencil exams back?

When you submit your exam request in RegisterBlast, you will select whether you wish to collect completed exams in person or have them returned to you via campus mail. You may pick up your exams anytime during our operating hours. Please bring a photo ID. Exams are sent out via campus mail every afternoon, Please allow 2-3 business days for campus mail.

Can I enable Respondus lockdown browser on my exams?

We prefer that Respondus is disabled for exams given in the Test Center. Our computers have desktop monitoring software and proctors observe all activity on Test Center computers.

What happens if you catch my student cheating?

The Test Center has a defined process for dealing with any suspected inappropriate testing behavior.

  1. Witness. If a staff member observes a test taker engaging in suspected inappropriate testing behavior, they will ask at least one fellow staff member to witness the behavior and confirm a suspected violation is taking place.
  2. Document. If the staff members concur that a test taker is engaging in suspected inappropriate testing behavior, they will document the incident, including any available evidence (e.g., screenshots, camera footage), and will compile an incident report.
  3. Notify. The staff member will submit the incident report in Maxient and provide the instructor with a copy.

Please note that the Test Center staff will generally not intervene in a test taker's exam session, or inform the student that an incident report has been submitted about them. The instructor is responsible for reviewing the evidence and taking whatever action they deem appropriate.

Who keeps track of time?

Exams given through an online learning management system (LMS) should have an allotted time set. The LMS will end the exam when the allotted time expires. Students taking pencil-and-paper exams are responsible for monitoring their own testing time and for handing in their exams before their time expires. Test Center staff record start and stop times on all paper exams.