Student Success and Testing Center

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Student Success Center

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.


SSC Staff

Olivia RaelOlivia Rael (287-6640)

Olivia serves as Coordinator for the Student Success and Testing Center.

In addition to managing the center and coordinating testing, she is available to help students with study strategies, time management, and reading comprehension.

Janet PrewettWith funding provided by the Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institutions (NASNTI) federal grant, the SSC offers an outstanding professional tutor to assist students.

Janet Prewett is an adjunct math instructor at NMSU Grants as well as a tutor and mentor in the center. She assists students in English, Spanish, and math. Her tutoring days are Monday through Thursday. Janet has also taken on the role of mentoring NMSU Grants students in a collaborative effort with the Student Services staff. The goal of the mentoring program is to guide those students in need of college survival skills.

Jim FiskJim Fisk is in second year assisting students on the Grants campus. He comes from Morningside College of Sioux City, Iowa where he was a reference and instructional services librarian for 12 years. On campus at Grants, he assists students with writing and research assignments. Jim has masters degrees from Emporia State University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During the day, he may be found at City Hall where he is a Special Projects Coordinator.

Steve MaldonadoSteve Maldonado currently serves as Human Resources Director for Corrections Corporation of America. Prior to that he was a Speech and Small Group Communications instructor at Lower Columbia College in Washington State and worked as a business process and strategic planning consultant. He was also President of HealthWorks Northwest, an occupation health clinic, and prior to that was Vice-President for Marketing and Business Development for a multi-state healthcare system in the Northwest. After Steve earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communications he was Managing Editor for a newspaper and a magazine. He is a certified Electronic Health Record consultant and has also earned a Masters in Business Administration and Strategy. He is available for tutoring in several subject areas, including Business Writing, Accounting, Statistics, Business Administration and English.

Alisha BrotenThe Student Success and Testing Center also employs a work study tutor. Alisha Broten enjoys tutoring: English 111 and 211, College Algebra, Biology 110, History 102G, and Human Growth/Behavior. She is available Monday – Thursday from 1:00p-5:00p.

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 the 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.