What are the National Spanish Examinations?

The National Spanish Examinations are a motivational contest to recognize student achievement in the study of Spanish and to stimulate further interest in the teaching and learning of Spanish.

The National Spanish Examinations are online, standardized assessment tools for Grades 6 -12, given voluntarily by about 4000 teachers throughout the United States to measure performance (interpretive communication) and achievement of students who are studying Spanish as a second language.

From 1957 until 2005, the National Spanish Examinations were administered in a paper and pencil format. Since 2006, the National Spanish Examinations have been administered in an online format through the Quia Corporation and was the first national world language exam administered online.

The National Spanish Examinations are the most widely used tests of Spanish in the United States. In the spring of 2019, a total of 152,069 students registered for the National Spanish Examinations.

The National Spanish Examinations are recognized by many administrative and teaching associations and organizations at the local, state and national levels. The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2019-2020.