Student Success Center

Student Success and Testing Center

SSC Orientation

Martinez Hall Room 125, (505) 287-6691

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The Student Success and Testing Center (SSC) offers NMSU Grants students:

  • Computer Lab: 23 Dell desktop computers, 4 iMacs, and a WEPA printing kiosk (B&W 9 cents/page, color 49 cents/page).
  • Tutoring: One-on-one, drop-in tutoring in English, math, history or science at no cost to the student. Instructors can refer students for SSC tutoring services.
  • Self-paced tutorial software: PLATO, Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing, and Rosetta Stone.
  • Space:  for students to study individually or in groups.
  • Testing center: for proctored and official testing, including the Compass Placement Test.
Hours: Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

SSC Staff

 Testing Center Coordinator: Melody Simpson

Professional Tutors: Janet Prewett, Steve Maldonado and Rachel Stokowski

Student Tutors: Larisa Smith and Alisha Broten

Compass Testing Information

All first time students, entering freshman, are required to take the Compass Exam which is an English/math placement test. This test will determine at what class level you will be placed in, for these two subjects. To avoid having to be placed in pre-college classes, you are encouraged to study prior to taking the test. The following links will guide you to online study guides and preparatory material.

To take the Compass Placement Exam, you must provide a photo ID — NO EXCEPTIONS. Acceptable photo identification is provided by a state-issued drivers license, campus ID, or government/military ID.

Proctored Exams

The SSC provides proctored exams as a service for students and faculty. If you are in need of taking a proctored exam or giving one, you have three options for submitting a request:


  1. Complete the online request form, or
  2. Download, complete, and submit paper form, or
  3. Come by the SSC and pick up a form to complete.

Students must submit their request to the SSC no later than 5 days prior to the requested exam date. If using a paper form, bring the form to the SSC, Room 125.

Student should also remind their instructors to request the proctored exam as explained below.

  1. Complete the online request form, or
  2. Download, complete, and submit the paper form, or
  3. Come by the SSC and pick up a form to complete.

Instructors must ensure that the requested exam is delivered or emailed to the SSC ( no later than 24 prior to the requested exam time. To ensure validity, do NOT send your exam through campus mail.

If the instructor prefers that the exam be returned via postal mail, please provide a large self-addressed manila envelope with postage. All non-returned exams will be securely disposed of at the end of each term.

Fees for Non-Student/Staff
If you are not a current student/staff/faculty of NMSU there is a fee for any type of EXAM. The fee is 15.00 per test to be paid at the NMSU-Grants Business Office. Please, stop by the center and pick up a payment receipt from staff member Melody Simpson or Karen Sorenson.