THE FREE PREP
Sign up for Practice
The 2023-24 FREE PREP now offers practice material for Levels 01-6 of the NSE/NSA, and for the NSC.
Click the button below to sign up!
Who is the FREE PREP for?
The FREE PREP is an optional tool that is recommended for:
Quick Setup Guide
Creating a Course
Inviting Your Students
Modules of Practice
Creating a Course in the FREE PREP
Once you have created your account (or logged into your existing account), you will be presented with a list of courses to choose from.
First, select the blue Create Course button next to the course that you would like to create. Then, click on the green Go to Course button.
How to Access the Roster
Once inside your course, click on the Roster link.
Click on the blue Add/Invite to Course button.
Enter your students’ emails (separated by a comma) to send them an email invitation.
Alternatively, you may copy the unique share link that will be provided (Click on “Copy”) and share it with your students (eg. by pasting it in an email, or into your school’s e-learning platform).
How to View the Practice Material
Click on the course link on the yellow menu bar to return to your course’s main menu page.
Select Modules on the right-hand menu to view the course material.
Each Level course includes several Modules. These Modules include activities for your students to complete.
How to Access the Course Menu
To return to your course list, click on the National Exams icon, and select the National Spanish Assessment and National Spanish Exam PREP option.
Need More Help?
Click on the purple question-mark button at the bottom right corner of the screen to begin a Live Chat with Lingco tech support.
Technical Requirements F.A.Q.
What is required to administer the exams?
AATSP Exams (NSE) has contracted with Lingco Language Labs to deliver practice exams and the online exam. In order to take the exam, each student must have use of a unique email address and a personal computer that has access to the Internet.
Each computer station should have:
- Sound in order to complete the listening sections of the exam.
- A set of headphones so that students may hear the audio portion of the exam. (If schools do not have enough headphones, ask students to bring headphones which should work with most computer systems.)
- A browser that does not automatically translate the page.
What are the system requirements?
Each teacher should share the system requirements for the computer technician(s) in their school to ensure that all software and hardware components are adequately compatible.
Lingco is a modern web-based application that works best with the latest version of Google Chrome, running on a laptop or desktop computer (either Mac, PC or Chromebook). It should also work on the last two versions of Safari, Firefox, and Microsoft Edge, but Chrome is highly recommended. The activities used in the suite of the AATSP Exams courses are designed for larger screens. Mobile devices or tablets at this time cannot be supported.
In order to take the exams on Lingco, you will need:
- A stable internet connection with at least 4 Mbps download and 512 Kbps upload speeds
- A screen size of at least 1280×720 pixels
- Functioning speakers or headphones connected to your laptop or desktop
Firewalls & VPNs
Tablets and mobile devices
The activities used in the suite of the NSE exam courses are designed for larger screens.
Although tablets and mobile devices are technically not supported, we at the AATSP Exams (NSE) Office have attempted to use devices like iPads in practice testing efforts and we have been able to successfully use those devices. Please make sure your operating system is up to date.
Our best recommendation is to test our free Lingco practice with your students to find out if it works on the device(s) your school offers at this time. If you are successful with the practice, you should be successful with proctoring/taking our Exams on Lingco.
Privacy policies and technology usage in classrooms
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Schools having an insufficient number of computers to administer exams to all students at once may administer the exam to a small number of students over a longer period of time.
Schools with insufficient hardware or software requirements can choose to administer the exam in another location. Where possible, schools should arrange for their own alternative site. If necessary, contact the national office and we will be happy to help these schools find an alternative location.
Integrating Lingco with other e-learning platforms
What if my students don’t have e-mail addresses?
A unique, valid email address is required for students to sign up and take the exam. Students will need to have access to this email.
If your students don’t have email addresses, there are three options:
What if I don’t understand all of this technology?
Please reach out to your school or school district’s IT department or administrator for help with integrations, firewalls, and other technical issues.
I can’t see the Lingco page / I am not receiving any emails from you.
You will be receiving emails from AATSP Exams and Lingco Language Labs. In order to make sure that you receive our emails, invoices, notifications, and other important correspondence, contact your IT administrator about whitelisting aatsp.org and lingco.io
Do I need to add the Free Practice in order to give an exam?
Teachers do not need to sign up for Practice in order to administer any of our exams. Practice modules will now be automatically included with exam registrations (including the NSA, NSE, NSC, and NPE), making the FREE PREP an optional tool for teachers.