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Prospective Veterinary Technician students take the HOBET placement exam and COMPASS exam, which is Kirkwood's reading, writing and math placement test. There are minimum HOBET score requirements for admission to the program: Composite: 66%; Reading: 70%; Mathematics: 70%; Science: 60%; and English and Language Usage: 65%. For more information about the HOBET exam, visit

The HOBET and COMPASS exams may be taken at the Cedar Rapids campus test center in 2055 Cedar Hall. There is a $35 fee for the HOBET exam payable at the test center. The COMPASS is free.

Please contact the Ag Science department for more information about current entrance requirements. The application opens June 1, each year and remains open until 35 students have been accepted. A conference with the program coordinator is also required for admission.