National Spanish Examinations
Discover America’s largest Spanish language competition.
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Language Exams & Assessments
What are these national competitions?
The National Spanish Examinations is a program of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP). Since 1957, the NSE has offered motivational competitions that recognize student achievements, promote language proficiency, and stimulate interest and value of the teaching and learning of Spanish & Portuguese.
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Awards & Scholarships
Teachers who administer the National Spanish Examination (NSE), the National Spanish Challenge (NSC), the National Spanish Assessment (NSA), and/or the National Portuguese Examination (NPE) are eligible to apply for conference stipends and travel scholarships.
Students who score well on the National Spanish Examination (NSE), the National Spanish Challenge (NSC), and/or the National Portuguese Examination (NPE) are eligible to apply for senior scholarships and travel abroad opportunities so that they may further their studies and first-hand learning experiences.
K8 Coloring Contest
Students grades 1 – 8 are eligible to participate in the national NSC Coloring Contest ¡Concurso Colorido! for a chance to win several prizes, including gift cards, goody bags, and a free National Spanish Challenge (NSC) voucher.
Medals and Ribbons
Students who rank above the 75th percentile on the National Spanish Exam (NSE) or the National Portuguese Exam (NPE) earn medals of recognition for their high achievement. National Spanish Challenge (NSC) winners also earn Ribbons for their excellence.
The National Spanish Assessment (NSA) is an online, standardized assessment tool which tests both achievement and proficiency via computer-graded and rater-graded modules for students studying the
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