Taking the Test

COVID test vials in the University laboratory

Process for Providing Your Saliva Sample

      First-Time Testers

      How to Use the Kit Registration Web App

      All saliva sample kits must be registered through the University’s Test Kit Registration Web Application. Registration happens through using your smartphone or tablet to take a picture of the barcode of the kit you will be submitting for analysis. Therefore, you will need a device that has a camera to scan a kit. 

      Without a kit being successfully scanned and registered, your sample cannot be tied back to you, and you should not expect a result from that sample. 

      You can access the web app used to register your test kits to your name in one of three ways:

      • Through the TigerSafe App, by clicking on the “Testing Kit” icon.
      • Through the Princeton Mobile app, by clicking on the “Covid Kit” icon.
      • Going directly to the web app page

      You will need to be able to log in to the University’s Central Authentication Service using a Princeton Net ID to register a kit. If you do not know your Princeton Net ID and password or do not have a Princeton Net ID, please refer to Technology Needs Prior to Arrival (under First-Time Testers).

      Using the Testing Kit App

      Web App User Instructions (from Knowledge Base)

      How to Troubleshoot the Web App

      How to Supply Your Sample

      Because there are multiple pieces to the test kit, you will want to collect your sample in a private place where you can set pieces of the kit down on a stable surface.

      Do not plan on collecting your sample next to the drop box. Please do not drink, smoke, or chew gum for 30 minutes prior to offering your sample.

      It is recommended that you watch the following video detailing the self-collection process:

      Self-collection Instructions

      COVID-19 Test Kit Self-Collection Steps

      Important Reminders about Sample Collection

      • Become familiar with the self-collection guidelines. Mistakes in the necessary steps may result in not getting your test results or failing to follow critical safety guidelines.
      • Collect your sample in a private place, such as outside, in a private room with a door, at your home, or in your car. Supplying your saliva sample next to a drop box creates an unsafe environment for others. 
      • Register your test kit through the web app BEFORE putting it in the drop box. If you put a sample in the drop box without registering it, you will not receive results from that sample, and therefore, you will not be counted as having provided a sample on that date.
      • Scan and register your kit one at a time. Though you are given multiple kits, do not scan and register them all at a time. Scan the barcode on the kit right before you supply your saliva sample and drop it off. The date you register your kit in the web app is expected to line up with the date you give your sample.
      • Collect your sample (spit into your tube) as close as possible to the time that you drop off your sample. If you need to, you may collect your sample (spit into the tube) within the 12 to 24 hours prior to dropping your sample in the drop box. Make sure your sample is being stored at room temperature in the meantime. Extreme heat or cold can impact the viability of the sample you provide.
      • Your collected sample vial must be put back into the biohazard bag and sealed before being dropped in the drop box. If the vial is submitted without being sealed in the bag, it cannot be handled by couriers and will not be taken for analysis.