Student Success Center

Martinez Hall Room 125, (505) 287-6691


To facilitate student success by providing technology, individual support, and resources that enable students to excel.


To advance the mission of NMSU Grants Campus through innovating, training, and support.

Find us on Facebook



The Student Success Center is designed to support students in coursework through professional and peer-to-peer tutoring. As a Pearson Vue Test Center, the Student Success Center is suited to support professors and students in both paper-based and computer-based testing. Amenities offered, include a study area with labtops, a computer lab and access to high speed WiFi. It is the objective of the Student Success Center to serve as resource for students in pursuit of academic excellence.

Hours: Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

SSC Staff

 Testing Center Coordinator: Melody Simpson

Interview with Melody Simpson on KMIN Radio 1/27/2016

J_PrewettIrving Gleason.1500pixels
Professional Tutors: Janet Prewett and Irving Gleason(Writing)


Student Tutors: Alysia Perry

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 form from staff member Melody Simpson or Karen Sorenson.