Individualized Student Testing Plans

Individualized Student Testing Plan (New!)

NSE Presents: Individualized Student Testing Plans 

The National Spanish Examinations recognizes the changing environment and individual needs of some of our students.  An Individualized Student Testing Plan is meant to assist students who are:

  • Homeschooled on a regular or part-time basis
  • Co-op students
  • Students who are in-between schools
  • Other students with specialized needs


Students are eligible to take the National Spanish Exam and/or National Portuguese Exam provided that:

  1. Arrangements for the student(s) to take the exam under the supervision of a sponsoring Spanish/Portuguese teacher can be made. (The sponsoring Spanish/Portuguese must teach in an accredited institution who regularly administers the NSE/NPE and has a current AATSP membership).
  2. Each student taking the exam at the sponsoring school is adequately proctored.

These requirements ensure that no one can challenge the integrity of the National Spanish Exam nor the National Portuguese Exam. 

Sponsoring Teacher

  • It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian/student to find a sponsoring teacher in an accredited institution (called the sponsoring school).

If the student needs assistance finding a sponsoring teacher, they should email the National Spanish Exam office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


  • The Parent/Guardian/Student should first fill out the Individualized Student Testing Plan form
  • The NSE can send a list of potential schools where a proctor can be found if necessary.
  • Once a proctor has been found – the student can be registered based on the proctor.

The deadline for Individualized Student Testing Plan registration is December 15, 2022.



You may be interested to know that all students are eligible for our non-contest version of the NSE called the National Spanish Assessment (NSA).  Students are not required to locate a sponsoring teacher and you can register and proctor the exam to your student on your own.  The following link is a page on our website to the NSA for your review:

National Spanish Assessments (NSA)  

To register a student for the NSA, you must be a member of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), our parent organization. Then you will become eligible to register your student for the NSA.  The NSA can be given up to two times between September and June and the fees are slightly reduced since this is a non-contest proficiency exam.

NSE Pilot Program: Title 1 Schools

The mission of the National Spanish Examinations (NSE) is to recognize student achievement and promote language proficiency in the studies of Spanish and Portuguese. Moreover, the NSE is committed to providing teachers with assessment tools and offering students the opportunity to know their language skill ratings in vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension and listening comprehension. 


In alignment with the mission and purpose of the NSE, a pilot program is being launched for the 2022-2023 academic year:

If your school meets the qualification requirements for Title 1 assistance and you wish to give your students the opportunity to partake in one or more of the NSE's national competitions (National Spanish Exam, National Portuguese Exam, and/or National Spanish Challenge), you may be eligible for this pilot program. 


Thank you for your interest, the pilot program is no longer accepting submissions.


If you have already submitted an interest form, please check your email for correspondence from an NSE Staff member.