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GuideSafe™ Entry Testing is required for every college student attending a public or private four-year college in the state of Alabama. The test is provided throughout Alabama at no cost to students through an initiative supported by CARES Act funding. 
Common questions and answers related to GuideSafe Entry Testing are listed below and at
Please read carefully to understand the requirements and process of this statewide program.
Why haven’t I received an email with scheduling instructions?
Messages are being sent to students based on campus arrival (and move-in) date, which spans a couple of weeks for UWA students (and other schools as well)—for instance, student athletes, band, and housing staff have significantly earlier move-in dates and need to schedule testing earlier than non-resident/commuting students who will come to campus when classes begin on August 17. The staggered approach allows testing to be conducted in a manageable manner and progresses as move-in/arrival times draw closer for each group.
What if I live off-campus, test positive before coming to campus, and have to self-isolate or quarantine while classes are starting?
In the event that a student receives a positive test and requires a quarantine or isolation, we will work to provide necessary accommodations to keep students on track during that time.
When will I receive registration and scheduling instructions? 
The email sent to UWA students on Saturday, July 25 (Subject - COVID-19 Testing for UWA Students) from, stated that students throughout Alabama will have received instructions for registering and scheduling by Aug. 6. 
Can I be tested at a designated site without registering?
No. To be tested, you must have completed the pre-screening and registration process and have an appointment. 
How long will the test take?
On average, each student is tested in less than five minutes. Appointments are scheduled apart to allow for adequate distancing and disinfecting. 
How long will it take to receive results, and how will I receive my results?
Results are expected in approximately 48 hours and are emailed directly to the student’s UWA email account.
Can I be tested at the campus site without registering?
No. To be tested, you must have completed the pre-screening and registration to have an appointment. 
I live out of state and was told that I’d receive a home testing kit but have not yet. What should I do? 
If you will be returning to Alabama soon, have not received the home testing kit, please send a brief explanation to to have your information transferred to onsite testing. 
Can I be tested at my doctor’s office instead of a GuideSafe participating site?
Test results from your health care provider are acceptable, but the cost is not covered as it would be through the program. Students who elect a test from their health care provider should direct documentation of the results to
I’m under the age of 19. Do I need parental or guardian consent?
Yes, this consent is required for students under age 19 in Alabama. The form can be completed here.
How can I learn more about the statewide student COVID-19 testing program? 
Information on GuideSafe Entry Testing, including FAQ, is available at, and more continues to be developed.