National Spanish Assessment


For: Middle – High School, College/University

Registration: Aug. 15th, 2023 – June 28, 2024

Exam Window: Always Open

Results: Immediate


About the Assessment

  • Flexible

    The National Spanish Assessment (NSA) may be administered up to three (3) times throughout the school year. Each attempt includes four modules that may also be administered separately: Reading, Grammar, Vocabulary, and Listening.

  • Multiple Levels

    Instructors have the option to select among seven levels of instruction (01 – 6) to help differentiate by student needs, or determine proficiency ratings.

  • Instructional Value

    Includes Reading and Listening portions that align with ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. The NSA can also be used as a stepping stone to the National Spanish Exam (NSE), or other upper-level testing examinations such as CLEP, AP, and STAMP.

  • Tracks Growth

    The formative assessment value of the NSA is found in its availability to be administered up to three times throughout the school year to help track students’ growth.

  • Generates Data

    Results are immediate and may be exported in spreadsheet format for teachers and school administrators.

What’s the difference?

Flexibility is the most attractive feature of the National Spanish Assessment (NSA). The NSA is modular and allows up to three attempts throughout the school year, giving teachers the option to present material from seven different Levels (01 – 6) to their students.


Get to Know the Assessment

  • Purpose
  • Advantages
  • How it Works
  • Content and Format
  • Modules
  • Vocabulary
  • Results & Scoring
  • Prizes


The purpose of the National Spanish Assessments (NSA) is:

• To promote proficiency in interpretive, presentational and interpersonal communication
• To assess the national standards as they pertain to learning Spanish
• To measure student growth during the learning process
• To provide several options for testing different skills 

Advantages of the NSA

The NSA is the most flexible testing program offered in our suite of exams. Take a look at the following benefits of the NSA:

How It Works

Some Examples:

Take a look at some examples of how other teachers and school departments use the National Spanish Assessment:

Exam Format & Length


The National Spanish Assessment (NSA) is divided into seven Levels (01 – 6).
• Each Level (01 – 6) is comprised of practice material and three Assessment attempts.
• Each Assessment attempt is comprised of four Modules.
• Each Module can be administered separately
• Teachers may choose which module(s) they wish to administer to their students
• Modules 1 – 4 can be administered three times at different points in the year to show growth.
• Each Module takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Computer-Graded Modules

The NSA Specific Level Exams assess content and performance standards at a specific Level. There are four modules per Level (20 minutes each):

Module 1 | Interpretive Communication – Reading Comprehension
Module 2 | Interpretive Communication – Listening Comprehension
Module 3 | Vocabulary
Module 4 | Grammar

Vocabulary Practice


Teachers have access to raw scores and percentages once results are available.


* Note: These levels do NOT necessarily correspond to course levels but rather to proficiency levels. (i.e. Level 3 ≠ Spanish III)


A Resource for Spanish Teachers

Teachers state that they use the National Spanish Assessment (NSA) to “Prepare students to take other standardized tests such as AP, IB, SAT II and college placement exams.” Administrators state that they can use data from the National Spanish Assessment to “Create reports to show how their schools have improved over an academic year.” Take a look at how the NSA compares to other exams:


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