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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.

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 bottled water, 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.

Enforcement

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
  • 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.