Testing Center

NMSU-A Testing Center personnel proctor computer-based tests, such as COMPASS, Canvas and QuizMaster, and paper quizzes/tests in support of NMSU-A faculty. Please read the proctor, student, and faculty responsibilities as outlined below.

The Testing Center can be reached at testingnmsua@nmsu.edu

Proctor Responsibilities

  • The Testing Center will ensure that all test/exam instructions provided will be followed as per requirements or instructions provided with the test/exam. Monitor test/exam takers during the allotted time limits.
  • After test/exam completion, all tests/exams, and any scratch or notebook paper will be collected.
  • Testing proctors will file paper tests in the instructor’s file for instructor pick-up.
  • The Testing Center is not responsible for lost or stolen articles left in lockers. Personal items [i.e., backpacks, books, cell phones, jackets should be stored in lockers or cars. The TC staff will not accept, nor be responsible for personal items.
  • The Testing Center is unable to make corrections or answer questions regarding any tests or exams.
  • The student will be referred to the instructor or test/exam service provider for assistance.
  • Cheating is any unauthorized activity that impairs or alters the circumstances of the examination as a measure of the knowledge or skills it was designed to assess. Notification process: Testing personnel will not confront any tester who is cheating, but will complete the Testing Incident Report and submit to the instructor, or tester’s institution for handling.
  • The Testing Center will provide a quiet place free from distractions for students to take tests and exams under supervision.
  • Cell phones, beeper/pagers, calculators, dictionaries or notes are not allowed to be used during placement testing. Usage of calculators, dictionaries or notes for other tests is at the discretion of the instructor and should be noted on the test direction form. If the instructor has not indicated that dictionary, calculator or notes may be used, the proctor will not allow such usage by the student.

Student Responsibilities

  • Photo ID is required to take exams in the Testing Center.
  • Students are required to login at the front desk.
  • Books and notes are not permitted at the testing station. Be prepared to leave them in the locker.
  • Plan to arrive at the Testing Center at least one hour prior to closing. Exams must be submitted when the Center closes.
  • Cell phones and/or any other electronic devices must be powered off and are not allowed at the testing station. All cell phones and/or electronic devices should be left in the locker provided – NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • Sorry, no children allowed – no exceptions!
  • Students displaying any behavior unacceptable in the testing environment (i.e., cheating, using unapproved notes or inappropriate computer use) will forfeit testing rights, and the instructor will be informed of the circumstances. The instructor will decide the outcome.

Faculty Responsibilities

Faculty Submission of Exams. The omission of any of the procedures or information described below may delay test administration. Instructors should follow the procedure outlined below when submitting exams:

  1. Fill out the Test Administration Request Form (Word Format, 192 KB). You can save the document to your files for later use, or you can access the document as needed. In either case, please be sure to save the document first, and then fill it out. This form provides exam guidelines for the students. One form may be used for multiples of the same test. Use this form for all exams, including WebCT exams.
  2. Include the following information on the front page of each exam:
    • Instructor’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Exam number or name (e.g., Test 1, Midterm, Final)
    • Space for student’s name
    • Cutoff date (optional)
  3. Hand-carry paper tests and the Test Administration Request Form to the Testing Center (CB602) at least 48 hours prior to administration. Please do not send paper tests via campus mail.
  4. For WebCT exams, please forward a completed Test Administration Request Form as an email attachment to the Testing Center at ascnmsua@nmsu.edu.
  5. Please call 439-3851 to submit QuizMaster tests.

Testing Center Exam Return Procedure. An instructor may pick up exams any time the Testing Center is open for service. Instructors are asked to pick up unused tests and materials as soon as the testing deadline has passed. Please note: During the last two weeks of the semester, all exams must be picked up by the instructor. All materials not picked up by the first Wednesday after Finals Week will be discarded.

Test Denial Forms

A Test Denial Form is given to a student who comes to the Center but is unable to complete a test due to a policy or procedural problem (e.g., arrived too late, no ID, test not available, deadline passed). A copy of this form is mailed to the instructor.

Incident Reports

The Testing Center adheres to the college’s Student Code of Conduct and Academic Misconduct Policies. If a student does not comply with these and with Testing Center Rules and Regulations, testing may be discontinued and an Incident Report detailing the situation will be submitted to the instructor.