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The Test Center on Kirkwood's main campus in Cedar Rapids supports students and community members by proctoring a variety of academic and certification exams. We are located in 2055 Cedar Hall, and are open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Exams must be completed by closing time. Distance Learning, COMPASS placement and department makeup exams are given on a walk-in basis. Any certification exams are administered by appointment only. Please call 319-398-5456, 1-800-332-2055 or email for more information.

Holiday Hours

Monday, Novebmer 21 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Novebmer 22 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, November 23 CLOSED
Thursday, November 24 CLOSED
Friday, Novebmer 25 CLOSED
Saturday, Decebmer 10 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Monday, December 19 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday, December 20 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, December 21 12 - 5 p.m.
Thursday, December 22 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
December 23 - January 2 CLOSED
January 3 - 6 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Iowa City Campus Test Center

Photo identification is required for all tests.

COMPASS Placement Testing
COMPASS is a computer administered placement test that assesses a student's reading, writing and mathematics skills, then recommends the appropriate courses. Students have as much time as they need to complete the test and no prior computer experience is necessary. The COMPASS test is offered on a walk-in basis in Cedar Hall, Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. COMPASS placement testing can also be taken at any of the Kirkwood county centers* in the seven-county service area. Call the specific site to arrange a testing time. Click here for some COMPASS sample questions.

*COMPASS testing is not available at Kirkwood Training and Outreach Services in Marion.

ESL Testing
We administer English as a Second Language tests (the COMPASS/ESL Placement tests). The COMPASS/ESL is offered at the Main Campus, the Iowa City Center and the Washington County Center. The test is not timed but, allow two hours to complete the test. Results are presented to the student, who then works with the English Department (3051 Cedar Hall)  for placement and registration in English Language Acquisition (ELA) classes, as needed. 

Department Makeup Exams
Students who miss regularly scheduled classroom exams can, with the permission of the instructor, take makeup tests here. Prior arrangements must be made with the student's classroom instructor before taking a makeup exam. Exams are filed by the instructors' last name and a photo ID is required to take a test.

Distance Learning/Correspondence Exams
Exams for all Kirkwood Distance Learning courses are available in the Test Center as well as correspondence exams for colleges, universities, and other organizations can be proctored at any of the Kirkwood test sites with prior arrangement. These exams are proctored for free to all Kirkwood students and employees, but there is a $10 test fee for others.

ACT Center Certification Testing
The Test Center offers online certification examinations for a variety of boards and licensing bodies. Each organization has its own registration process/protocol and arrangements are generally made through them.

CLEP Exams
Kirkwood accepts several CLEP for credit exams, however, Kirkwood does not administer CLEP tests. The tests can be taken at the University of Iowa. Call 319-335-0356 to schedule an appointment. For more CLEP information please contact the One Stop office at 319-398-7600 or visit

Electronic Test Submission for Faculty
Tests for Main Campus and the Iowa City Campus Test Center may be submitted electronically. Follow the link to fill out an instruction cover sheet. (Exam files can be attached to this cover sheet.) Please fill out one instruction sheet for each student. For faculty who wish to continue to use the pink paper instruction cover sheets, those may still be filled out manually.

For more information regarding Kirkwood Testing Services, contact:

Patrick Muller
Test Center Coordinator