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Kirkwood Test Center: Test Procedures

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.


All test takers are required to present a valid and acceptable form of identification prior to being admitted to their exam. Subject to this procedure, the Test Center staff have discretion for determining the validity of any ID presented.

The following rules apply to all identification documents:

  • Must be an original document (photographs, copies, scans, faxes, and emails of documents are not acceptable)
  • Must bear the test taker's full name, in Latin characters, as it appears on the test taker's registration
  • Must bear a recent, recognizable photograph that clearly resembles the test taker
  • Must not be expired
  • Must be issued by a valid government authority or educational institution

Acceptable identification

Kirkwood students taking College course exams:

  • Kirkwood Community College students taking exams for their College courses may present their student ID when checking in for an exam. They may also present any other acceptable form of identification under this procedure.

All other test takers

  • All other test takes must present a valid government-issued photo ID when checking in for an exam. Examples of acceptable ID include:
    • Driver license
    • State identification card
    • Tribal identification card
    • National identity card
    • Passport
    • U.S. Department of Defense Common Access Card (CAC)
    • Uniformed Services ID Card

Unacceptable identification

The following are examples of unacceptable identification at the Test Center:

  • Employee ID card (exception: College faculty and staff may use their employee ID badge)
  • Social Security card
  • Birth certificate
  • Letter or email of identification written on behalf of the test taker, or telephone calls to the Test Center
  • ID of a parent or guardian
  • School yearbook photo, report card, or diploma
  • Police report of a stolen wallet or purse
  • Traffic ticket
  • Fitness center or shopping club membership card
  • Hunting or fishing license
  • Utility bill
  • Any document that is worn, torn, scuffed, scarred, or otherwise damaged in such a manner that it renders any part of the text illegible or any part of the photograph unrecognizable.

Third-party exams and identification

Third-party exam sponsors often have stricter or more specific ID requirements, which supersede the Test Center's procedures if a conflict exists. Individuals taking third-party sponsored exams are encouraged to verify their exam sponsor's identification requirements prior to coming to the Test Center.

Late arrivals

  • Kirkwood Test Center administers exams by appointment only.
  • The time shown on your exam registration is the time at which you are expected to begin testing. We strongly encourage all test takers to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their appointment to allow time to park, check in, stow personal belongings, and have any questions answered in advance.

What to do if you are running late

  • If you are running late, please contact us as soon as possible. In most cases, we can move your appointment to a later time the same day.
  • While we will do our best to accommodate those who arrive late, our general policy is that test takers who are not checked in 15 minutes after their scheduled start time will be marked "no show" and will need to reschedule.
  • Test takers who arrive late enough in the date that the Test Center will close before their allotted time expires will be required to sign a waiver form, acknowledging that they must stop testing at closing time, before being admitted to their exams. 


  • The majority of parking at Kirkwood is free of charge. However, available parking spaces near the Test Center can be scarce when classes are in session. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes prior to appointment time to park and make your way to the Test Center. Please note that illegally parked vehicles may be issued warnings or citations by Public Safety.
  • More information on traffic and parking on campus can be found here

Rules for test takers

No single list of rules can cover every conceivable circumstance. As a condition of using the Test Center, test takers agree to follow all rules listed here, as well as any instructions given to you by the Test Center staff. Third-party exam sponsor policies shall supersede these rules if a conflict exists.

  1. Conduct. Test takers are expected to behave civilly and respectfully at all times while using the Test Center. The staff reserves the right to refuse service to a test taker who is exhibiting abusive behavior towards staff or other test takers.
  2. Academic integrity. The Test Center follows Kirkwood Community College's Academic Integrity procedure. Test takers are responsible for learning about and being aware of activities that constitute violations of this procedure. Suspected academic integrity violations will be reported to the test taker's instructor or exam sponsor.
  3. Identification. A valid photo ID is required for admission to all exams. Acceptable forms of ID include a Kirkwood Community College ID card, a current driver license or state ID, military ID, or passport. All IDs must be original documents; photographs, scans, and emails of IDs are not accepted.
  4. Personal items. No personal items are allowed in the test room, including backpacks, briefcases, purses, bags, wallets, large jewelry items, and keys. There must be nothing in your pockets when you enter the test room. The Test Center has lockers available free of charge for test takers to secure their belongings. Test takers are encouraged not to bring valuables, large amounts of cash, or anything they would be uncomfortable leaving in a locker to the Test Center. The Test Center assumes no responsibility for test takers' personal items.
  5. Weapons. Weapons of any kind are not allowed in the Test Center, regardless of whether the bearer is licensed to carry the weapon or not, per College policy. Test Center lockers may not be used to store weapons.
  6. Personal electronic devices. Mobile phones and electronic devices, including smart watches and other wearable technology, are not permitted in the test room. Possession or use of an unauthorized electronic device after entering the test room will be reported as misconduct.
  7. Hats. Hats and other headgear are not permitted in the test room. Hats have been found to hide electronic devices and interfere with proctoring. Head coverings worn for a religious, medical, or cultural purpose are permitted.
  8. Outerwear. Heavy coats and jackets, parkas, rain coats, gloves, scarves, and sunglasses are not permitted in the test room. Light clothing items such as suit jackets, sweaters, and sweatshirts are permitted after a visual inspection. Test takers who remove items of clothing for comfort during their exam must hang the item on the back of their chair, not place them in their laps or on the workstation desktop.
  9. Food and drink. Food and drink, including candy and gum, are not permitted in the test room. Test takers with approved accommodations are exempt from this rule.
  10. Seating. Test Center staff reserve the right to assign seating in the test room and to move test takers to another seat during an exam if necessary. Every reasonable effort will be made to minimize disruption to the test room.
  11. Approved materials and test aids. Only materials that have been approved by an instructor or exam sponsor may be used during an exam. Calculators which connect to the internet or have a separate alphabetical keyboard in any format are not permitted. The Test Center has a limited supply of calculators available for test takers. The Test Center reserves the right to inspect any materials or test aids.
  12. Scratch paper. Test takers must use the scratch paper supplied by the Test Center. Scratch paper must be turned in at the end of an exam, whether the paper was used or not. Test takers must turn in used scratch paper before being provided additional pages.
  13. Restroom breaks. Test takers are expected to take their exams in one sitting, and are encouraged to use the restroom prior to checking in. Any restroom breaks taken during an exam will count against the exam's allotted time. Test takers must obtain permission from a staff member before taking a break and before accessing personal items during a break. Test takers may not leave the building during a break. Repeated or lengthy departures from the test room may be reported as suspected misconduct. For everyone's safety, the Test Center staff may end an exam session if a test taker becomes ill or experiences a medical emergency in the test room.
  14. Monitoring. All activity in the Test Center is monitored by audio and video recording equipment. All Test Center computers have desktop monitoring software installed. Recordings and screenshots may be used as evidence when investigating possible acts of misconduct.
  15. Talking. The only talking allowed in the test room must be directed to the Test Center staff, and must be at a volume low enough not to disturb other test takers. Talking with other test takers in the test room will be reported as suspected misconduct.
  16. Finished exams. Test takers must leave the test room promptly upon completing their exams or the expiration of their allotted time. Computer-delivered exams are programmed to terminate when the allotted time expires. For paper-delivered exams, test takers are responsible for monitoring their own time and handing their exams in on time. Every test room has a clock on the wall for this purpose.
  17. Appointments and walk-ins. Appointments are not optional. All test takers must make an appointment in order to test. In the event the Test Center is fully booked, the Test Center staff may draw up a wait list with test takers admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  18. Guests. Persons who are not taking exams are not permitted in the test room, nor to congregate or loiter in the check-in area or by the test room windows and doors.
  19. Minors. Children under 17 years of age may not be left unattended on campus, including the Test Center, per College policy. Test Center staff are not permitted to look after unattended children, as this would place an unacceptable liability on the College.
  20. Operating hours. Operating hours are posted at every Test Center location, and on the Test Center website. Staff are expected to maintain regular and predictable operating hours by opening and closing the Test Center at the posted times every day.
  21. Closing time. All testing ends promptly at closing time every day. It is the test taker's responsibility to arrive early enough to have the full allotted testing time. Any allotted time remaining when the Test Center closes is forfeited, unless prior arrangements have been made with the Test Center to remain open late.
  22. Role of the Test Center. The Test Center is not a liaison or an arbiter between the test taker and the instructor or exam sponsor, nor is the Test Center involved in scoring exams. Any questions about an exam's instructions, availability, content, or scoring must be directed to the instructor or exam sponsor.

Prohibited items and activities

The following items and activities are not permitted in the Test Center, however this list is not intended to be exhaustive. As a condition of using the Test Center, you agree to follow any instructions given to you by the Test Center staff. Please refer to our "Rules for test takers" above for more detailed information. Third-party exam sponsor policies shall supersede these rules if a conflict exists.

Prohibited items

  • Personal items, including backpacks, briefcases, purses, bags, wallets, large jewelry items, and keys.
  • Weapons of any kind.
  • Mobile phones and personal electronic devices, including smart watches and other wearable technology.
  • Hats and headgear, with the exception of head coverings worn for a religious, medical, or cultural purpose.
  • Outerwear, including heavy coats and jackets, parkas, rain coats, gloves, scarves, and sunglasses.
  • Food and drink, including candy and gum.
  • Any materials or aids not approved by your instructor or exam sponsor.

Prohibited activities

  • Abusive speech or violence.
  • Possession or use of unauthorized materials in the test room.
  • Talking to anyone other than a staff member while in the test room.
  • Behavior that creates a disturbance in the test room or distracts other test takers.
  • Looking at or copying from another test taker's exam paper or computer screen.
  • Giving or receiving exam content or assistance of any kind.
  • Taking a break, or accessing a personal item during a break, without permission from a staff member, or taking repeated or lengthy breaks.
  • Remaining in the test room after the completion of your exam.
  • Removing exam content from the Test Center, or retaining any exam materials or aids that must be handed in at the completion of your exam.
  • Leaving a child under 17 unattended on campus while you are testing.

Academic integrity procedure

The Test Center follows the College's Academic Integrity procedure. You are responsible for learning about and being aware of activities that constitute an academic integrity violation.


The Test Center staff are authorized to refuse to admit you to your exam or dismiss you from your exam session if you are observed in possession of prohibited items, engaging in prohibited activities, or violating the Academic Integrity procedure. Misconduct will be reported to your instructor or exam sponsor.

Test room etiquette

In order to eliminate as many potential distractions as possible, test takers are asked to refrain from behaviors that may be distracting to others, including, but not limited to:

  • Reading aloud to yourself
  • Tapping pencils
  • Shuffling, crinkling, or tearing papers
  • Removing shoes

We appreciate your cooperation and thank you in advance for helping us create the best possible testing experience for everyone.

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