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Kirkwood Test Center: RegisterBlast resource

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.

Temporary closure notice

Kirkwood Test Center at Cedar Rapids (Main Campus) will be closed on Wednesday, 19 June, and Thursday, 20 June, for facilities maintenance work. All existing appointments will be honored but no new appointments or walk-ins will be accepted. Regular operations will resume on Monday, 24 June.

Our location at Coralville (KRCUI) will remain open as scheduled.

Please check our Locations and Hours page for the most up-to-date closure information.


Accessing RegisterBlast

To access your RegisterBlast professor module:

  1. Log into Talon and enter any course shell.
  2. Once inside the course shell, click Student Tools along the top toolbar.
  3. Click Test Center/RegisterBlast in the drop-down menu.

Navigating RegisterBlast

The two main tools in your RegisterBlast professor dashboard are Submissions and History.

  • The Submissions page is where you can add, edit, clone, and archive exam requests.
  • The History page is where you can see student appointments, check-in/check-out times, and incident reports. If you choose to have your paper exams scanned and returned, they will be visible in the History page as well.

Submitting an exam request

To create a new exam request, click the "+" sign in the upper-right corner of the Submissions page.

All fields in the submission form are required. If you do not have a password yet, enter "TBD" in the password field and we will make a note of it. You can edit the submission to add or change certain details later.

Step 1: Details

All exam requests are reviewed by the Test Center staff and must be approved prior to going live in the system. Please allow one (1) business day for your exam request to be reviewed.

You will be notified by email if your exam request is approved or if we require additional information.

Exam name

Please choose a specific name that will allow your students to identify easily the exam. "Gilded Age Unit Exam" is preferable to "Exam." Your first initial and last name will automatically be appended to the name of your exam.

Please avoid creating multiple submissions with the exact same name, as this is confusing to students and makes it difficult for them to register for the correct exam.

Select the exam group/s for this test

Always choose Submissions awaiting approval. There may be additional groups available to select in the drop-down menu, but choosing Submissions awaiting approval will ensure your exam request enters the review queue and will avoid unnecessary delays in approving your request.

Start date and End date

Please keep in mind our turnaround time of one business day for approving exam requests. If your exam is computer-delivered, ensure that the Start date and End date in RegisterBlast match the dates in the LMS. You can always modify the start and end dates later, e.g., if you want to give students an extension on the exam.

Allotted minutes

Enter the standard allotted time without accommodations, even if the exam is for a student with an extra time accommodation. RegisterBlast will automatically apply the extended time to the student's appointment when they register.


Step 2: File upload

The file upload is used for:

  • Paper-and-pencil exams
  • Handouts, formula sheets, exhibits, and other printed resources
  • Audio files or other media required to administer the exam

There is a size limit of 15MB per file. If you have a larger file, please contact the Test Center and we can share a secure folder with you to upload your file(s).


Step 3: Exam instructions

The Test Center staff is trained to follow your instructions exactly as written. Please double-check your requests before submitting to ensure your instructions are correct and complete.

Pre-approved testing materials

In order to strike a balance between individual preferences and a uniformly secure testing experience, we have drawn up a list of customizable, pre-approved testing materials. If you wish to allow materials outside this list, please include them in the "Special Requests" box at the bottom of the form.

  • None: No materials allowed
  • Calculator: Basic 5-function, scientific, graphing
  • Handout: Be sure to attached the handout in the file upload section
  • Notes / note sheet / note card
    • Unlimited notes or limited notes
    • 8.5x11, 4x6, 3x5
    • Handwritten only or handwritten and typed
    • Single-sided or double-sided
    • How many pages
    • What should be done with students' notes after the exam?
  • Textbook: Printed or eBook
  • Scantron: 100 with essay, 50/50, 15Q
Student roster

Please provide the names (first and last) and k-numbers of the students who will take the exam in the Test Center. Separate students with commas, e.g., Sample Student k01234567, Potential Pupil k02345678, Likely Learning k03456789


Step 4: Special Requests

Please include any special requests here. The Test Center will work with you to honor all reasonable special requests. Please be advised that there may be a delay in your exam request being approved while we work on any special requests. Thank you for your understanding.

Cedar Rapids Campus Library

Benton Hall

6301 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA


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