About the Assessment
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.
HOW IT WORKS
Get to Know the Assessment
How it Works
Content and Format
Results & Scoring
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
Take a look at some examples of how other teachers and school departments use the National Spanish Assessment:
Exam Format & Length
Level placement is at the instructor’s discretion. Students may take multiple levels if desired. Determining the appropriate assessment module to administer should be decided by the teacher and the student. Please use the following chart as a guideline:
Recommended for entry-level beginners. The course content is equivalent to the half of the first year of middle-to-high school Spanish. (Grades 6-12)
Students where the course content is equivalent to the second-half of 1st year high school Spanish (eg. Grade 8) or entry-level for any program where the course content is equivalent to a full year of high school Spanish. (Grades 6-12)
Second level of high school Spanish. (Grades 7-12)
Third level of high school Spanish. (Grades 8-12)
Fourth level of high school Spanish. (Grades 9 – 12)
Fifth level of high school Spanish. (Grades 10 – 12)
Sixth level of high school Spanish. (Grades 11 – 12)
AP Language / IB-SL Students
AP Language / IB-SL
Students enrolled in a course labeled AP Language or IB-SL should be registered to take the current year’s NSE at one level higher than the course in which they were enrolled the previous year. For example, an AP Language/IB-SL student who sat for the exam at Level 4 in 2023 should be placed in Level 5 in 2024. Under no circumstance should an AP Language/IB-SL student take the NSE at lower than Level 4.
AP Literature / IB-HL Students
AP Literature / IB-HL
Students enrolled in a course labeled AP Literature or IB-HL must take the NSE at either Level 5 or 6. These students should be enrolled to take the current year’s NSE at one level higher than the course in which they were enrolled the previous year. Under no circumstance should an AP Literature/IB-HL student take the NSE at lower than Level 5.
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.
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
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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