Cats TakeAway Testing
Free and convenient COVID-19 PCR Saline Gargle testing for all students, employees and DCCs with NetIDs.
Pick up a test kit from a TakeAway Testing location, scan it into the testing system using your smartphone, and drop it off at a TakeAway Testing location once you’ve collected your sample.
If you are experiencing symptoms: please contact Campus Health or your healthcare provider. You may also use the Campus Health Cats TakeAway Testing location.
Getting Started: Registration
Visit Wildcat OneStop (onestop.wellcheck.arizona.edu) and log in with your NetID to view your testing registration status.
If there is a red X next to the PCR Saline Gargle test, click the “Register for a test” button and follow the prompts.
Once registered, a green check mark will replace the red X on your Wildcat OneStop.
Success! You are now able to participate in on-campus testing.
TakeAway Testing Instructions
Before you start:
Remember: Do not eat, drink, use mouthwash, brush your teeth, chew gum, smoke, or vape for 30 minutes before your saline gargle test.
Find an appropriate place to collect your sample. Your office, dorm room, home, personal vehicle, or outside (physically distanced from others) are good choices. Do not collect your sample near the drop-off location.
PICK UP YOUR TEST KIT
Test kits are available for pick up at designated locations. Scan the QR code on your test kit bag to access the instructions (below) on this website.
SCAN YOUR TUBE
Before you scan your tube, please ensure that you can collect and drop off your sample within 4 hours.
- Click the "Scan your tube" button below, and log in using your NetID to access a scanner.
- Use the provided scanner to scan the QR code on the tube.
- If you are unable to scan the QR code, you can type in the 7-digit code.
- You must scan and register your tube in order to receive your test results.
Please collect your sample immediately after you scan your tube. Drop off your sample within 4 hours of collecting it.
1. Twist the top off the saline packet like you're turning a key. Squeeze all of the saline into your mouth. Do not swallow the saline.
2. Perform this swish & gargle cycle 3 times:
- Swish the saline around your mouth for 5 seconds
- Tilt your head back and gargle for 10 seconds.
3. After 3 cycles (45 seconds) of swishing and gargling, spit all of the saline into the funnel.
4. Slowly unscrew the funnel, allowing the saline to flow into the tube. Fill the tube between the minimum and maximum lines printed on the label. Do not go over the maximum line.
- If you did not fill the tube to the minimum line or above, spit additional saliva into the tube.
- If you filled the tube over the maximum line, pour out the excess into a sink or garbage can.
5. Discard the funnel and empty saline packet, and screw the cap securely on the tube.
6. Put the capped tube back in the provided bag, and ensure the bag is sealed securely.
DROP OFF YOUR SAMPLE TUBE
Ensure your sample tube is sealed inside the provided plastic bag, and return it to the most convenient TakeAway Testing drop-off location within 4 hours of collection.
GET YOUR RESULTS
TakeAway Testing Locations
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms:
- Tucson campus: Pick up your test kit and drop off your sample at the Campus Health TakeAway Testing location.
- Other locations: Please stay isolated and contact your healthcare provider to discuss your symptoms and next steps.
Student Testing Incentives
Star Rewards Program
The Star Rewards Program allows all students to earn stars for completing weekly COVID-19 testing and uploading their vaccination record. Every four stars can be claimed via Wildcat OneStop for a $5 reward uploaded to your CatCard.
The Star Rewards Program will be ending on May 13, 2022. Students will continue to be able to earn/accrue Star Rewards until this date.
Students will have until May 31, 2022 to claim their Star Rewards in Wildcat OneStop. Once you have claimed your Star Rewards, you can redeem them at select vendors in the Student Unions and BookStores. Once claimed, Star Rewards will not expire until a student graduates or leaves the university.
Follow these instructions to claim your reward:
Log into Wildcat OneStop.
Below your photo, look for the star icon. On the star, you will see a red circle with the number of stars you have earned (4 stars = 1 Star Reward). You earn 1 star for each weekly test you take.
If you have 4 or more stars, click the green button that says “Claim” to receive your reward.
After you have claimed your reward, $5 will be added to your CatCard. Your reward will be ready to spend once you receive a confirmation email, which may take up to an hour.
Return to step 3 to claim a $5 reward for each set of 4 stars (4 stars = 1 Star Reward). Once claimed, reward funds have no expiration date.
Star Reward funds are eligible for redemption at:
Student Union Memorial Center
- Arizona Market, Chick-fil-A, Core, Einstein Bros Bagels, IQ Fresh, Nrich Urban Market, On Deck Deli, Starbucks @ Bookstore
- Core+, Mas Tacos, Nrich Urban Market Express, Park Avenue Market, The Den
To order with Grubhub, see redemption instructions.
The most important part of collecting your sample is to do it in an appropriate location, away from groups of people and high-traffic areas. Appropriate locations include: your office, dorm room, home, personal vehicle, or outside (physically distanced from other people). Do not collect your sample at or near the Cats TakeAway Testing pick-up and drop-off locations.
Learn how to provide a sample for PCR saline gargle testing, or follow the instructions in Step 3 above.
After scanning your tube, you should collect your sample right away. Once you collect your sample, please drop it off at any Cats TakeAway Testing location within 4 hours.
Tucson If you are experiencing symptoms: Please visit the Campus Health TakeAway Testing station, designated for symptomatic test takers, to pick up your test kit and drop off your sample.
Stations are open for test kit pick-up and drop-off during each building’s hours. Please refer to the TakeAway Locations section for TakeAway Testing hours or links to building websites for up-to-date information.
Tucson Samples will be picked up from Cats TakeAway Testing locations in Tucson Monday - Friday at 6 am and delivered to the lab for processing. Results for samples dropped off on Friday (after 6am), Saturday and Sunday are usually available by Monday afternoon.
The schedule for locations outside of Tucson varies by location.
Testing Registration & Results
Tucson Test results are usually available within 2 business days after your sample is collected from the drop-off station. Most results for samples dropped off Friday, Saturday, or Sunday will be available on Monday.
Results for samples collected outside of Tucson are usually available within 3 business days.
Participants in the Test All Test Smart COVID-19 testing must sign a consent and authorization for the release of information. Copies of the forms are provided at the links below for your reference.
Students and employees who are tested at Campus Health will sign separate consents and authorization paperwork.
Test All Test Smart:
In addition to the uses described in the consent and authorization forms (see question above), aggregated and/or de-identified testing result data may be used, under certain scenarios, by university personnel responsible for COVID-19 planning, mitigation, and public health safety duties. Such uses include, but are not limited to, campus health monitoring, identifying potential outbreaks, and evaluating appropriate mitigation measures.
For testing and patient services provided by Campus Health, in accordance with applicable state and federal laws, patients will be provided with Campus Health Service’s notice of privacy practices.
COVID-19 test results from the Test All Test Smart initiative are stored in HIPAA-compliant systems with the university's strongest security and monitoring efforts in place.
This system must adhere to robust risk-informed auditing and reporting procedures as required by University policy and standards, “Information System Audit, Accountability, and Activity Review Policy,” and ISO-1100-S1 “Logging and Monitoring Standard.” Additionally, this enterprise system undergoes an annual risk assessment signed off by the Chief Information Security Officer to ensure continued attention to appropriate security controls.
Access controls are in place to ensure that only approved individuals, as required for test delivery and operations or according to individual authorizations, have access to the data. For additional information about the University of Arizona’s information security and privacy policies and procedures, please visit the University Information Security and Privacy page.
Can I Use TakeAway Testing?
No. This self-collected specimen may have limitations for use. This test should NOT be used to comply with domestic and international travel testing requirements.
Tucson If traveling internationally, you are able to schedule a PCR test on campus. Note: It is your responsibility to determine if the Test All Test Smart COVID-19 PCR test fulfills your specific international or domestic travel requirements and to schedule accordingly. Read more.
No. This self-collected test should not be used to comply with official Pac-12/NCAA testing requirements.
No. This self-collected test should not be used to fulfill official health or medical requirements.
Yes, you can use the Campus Health TakeAway Testing location - in Tucson. TakeAway Testing at locations outside of Tucson is for asymptomatic individuals only.
Tucson If you are experiencing symptoms: Please visit the Campus Health TakeAway Testing location, designated for symptomatic test takers, to pick up your test kit and drop off your sample. Individuals with symptoms should not utilize any other TakeAway Testing location. Results are usually available within 2 business days. If you would like same-day results, please contact Campus Health or a healthcare provider.
Yes. If you are not able to scan the QR code on your tube, you can type in the 7-digit code. You will need access to a computer, tablet, or smartphone to do this.
All students, employees and DCCs: You are eligible to resume PCR testing on Day 60.
Campus housing residents who test positive may be eligible to test out of isolation starting on Day 6. Learn about isolation and retesting requirements for campus housing residents.
Day 0 is the date you submitted your positive test sample.