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Kirkwood Test Center

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.

In addition to academic course exams, Kirkwood Test Center administers a wide variety of placement, professional certification, and other third-party exams. An appointment is required for all exams. Please note that third-party exams may be limited or unavailable during the College's peak academic testing times (midterm and final exam weeks).

Some exams require a proctoring fee, while others are administered free of charge. Please check our Proctoring fees and refunds page for more information.

ACCUPLACER (ELA and Next Gen)

Offered at Cedar Rapids & Coralville

Kirkwood Community College uses multiple measures for placement into college-level English courses. You should take ACCUPLACER only if you have been advised to by their adviser or other College employee. You must have been issued a "K" number (a student ID number) in order to take ACCUPLACER.

ALEKS

This exam can be taken from home

ALEKS is a math placement assessment. It is unproctored and available through MyHub; it can be taken anywhere internet access is available. ALEKS is a required math assessment used to map a student’s strengths and weaknesses, and determine the most appropriate courses for each student as they move forward.

Note: the ALEKS assessment must be taken through Kirkwood Community College (as opposed to another instituion).

How to take ALEKS

  1. Log in to MyHub
    • Select the Math Assessment ALEKS button, located under the Student Links Section.
    • Under the Assessments section, select Standard Math Placement [unproctored], FY 2022 / Higher Education Math Placement.
    • Complete the entire ALEKS tutorial before getting started.
  2. After your initial assessment, check the Placement Testing Course Recommendations Table to see which courses you are eligible to enroll. Please talk with an Academic Advisor to discuss which math course is required for your program of study. 
  3. If you did not earn the proficiency score you think you should, you can utilize the prep and learning modules to review and retake the assessment up to four additional times. 
  4. If you earned the placement result needed to enroll in a particular course, you are still eligible and encouraged to utilize the ALEKS learning modules for twelve-months to review and prepare for your math course.

For more instructions and tips on how to take ALEKS, refer to the ALEKS Testing Instructions, or view the ALEKS instructional video.

If you have additional questions about how to take ALEKS, please visit ALEKS Support.

Bio readiness

Offered at Cedar Rapids and Coralville

Before you register for the Bio readiness exam, please contact the Math & Science Department at (319) 298-5516 so they can set up your exam in Talon.

 

Credit by exam

Kirkwood Test Center administers the credit-by-exam test-out for the following courses:

  • BCA-189 Microcomputer Literacy
  • CIS-121 Intro to Programming Logic
  • CIS-335 Relational Database and SQL
  • CSC-116 Information Computing

For more information about these credit by exam options, contact the Business & IT department or visit their BIT test-outs website.

Iowa Dental Board

Offered at Cedar Rapids & Coralville

The Test Center administers the following Iowa Dental Board exams:

  • Jurisprudence for dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants
  • Infection Control for dental assistants
  • Radiography for dental assistants

A resource, Jurisprudence of Dental Professionals, is allowed on the jurisprudence exam and can be printed for free on the Iowa Dental Board website. No handwritten notes are permitted in the printed booklet.

Kirkwood Test Center charges a proctoring fee of $20 per exam for all Iowa Dental Board exams. This fee is paid at the time you register using our online scheduling tool.

Iowa Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board

Offered at Cedar Rapids & Coralville

The Test Center administers the following Iowa Plumbing and Mechanical Systems Board exams:

  • Plumber with Gas - Master and Journeyperson
  • HVAC Refrigeration with Gas - Master and Journeyperson
  • Hydronics with Gas - Master and Journeyperson
  • Mechanical with Gas - Master and Journeyperson
  • Sheet Metal - Journeyperson

For more information about registration, payment, test procedures, and allowed resources, please visit the Continuing Education website.

Lead abatement

Offered at Cedar Rapids

We offer the following lead abatement exams on behalf of the Iowa Department of Inspections, Appeals, and Licensing (DIAL):

  • Lead Abatement Contractor (2 hours)
  • Lead Inspector Risk Assessor (3 hours)

There is a $65 fee for each exam. Please bring a check made payable to Kirkwood Community College to your appointment. Sorry, cash will not be accepted. You will receive your exam results within 7 days of testing.

Please contact Continuing Education at (319) 398-1272 for any questions concerning lead abatement exams.

PearsonVUE

Offered at Cedar Rapids

Pearson VUE helps students and adult learners achieve measurable progress in their lives through certification, licensure, and admission exams, as well as exam preparation materials, to further their professional careers or prepare for higher education. 

Pearson VUE exam sponsors include:

  • Regulatory agencies: insurance, real estate, mortgage brokers, appraisers, contractors
  • Professional, IT, certification, and employment testing organizations
  • Health services (nurse aides, cosmetologists, barbers) organizations

For more information, test preparation, creating your account, scheduling, and payment, please visit the Pearson VUE website.

Pesticides

Offered at Cedar Rapids & Coralville

We offer pesticide applicator certification exams on behalf of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS). There is a $20 fee per exam, payable online at the time of registration. Sorry, cash will not be accepted.

You will need to create an account in Quia (the online testing platform) prior to coming to the Test Center. Instructions can be found here.

TEAS

Offered at Cedar Rapids & Coralville

Please create an ATI account before signing up for a test appointment and write down your user name/password to bring to the test. You must bring a debit or credit card to register and pay for your exam. The cost of the exam is $70.

Important note: You can only take TEAS 3 times. After your third attempt, you must wait 3 years before you can retake it.

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