The National Spanish Examinations (NSE) are a motivational contest to recognize student achievement and proficiency in the study of Spanish. In addition to the contest, these examinations are online, standardized assessment tools for Grades 6-12 that measure content standards (vocabulary and grammar) and performance standards (reading and listening comprehension).
At the National level, students receive medal placement (gold, silver, bronze, honorable mention) based on their scores and are eligible to apply for several types of scholarships (Global Citizen Scholarship, Junior Study Abroad Program, Senior Scholarship).
Teachers receive individual reports for each student disaggregating data in various ways so that teachers can identify strengths and weaknesses of individual students for specific standards, measurement categories, and learner outcomes; show growth from one year to the next; and/or report other variables as needed!
Exam Format & Length
For a comparison between the National Spanish Examination (national contest) and the National Spanish Assessments (NSA are non-contest) click here.
The format and length of the National Spanish Examinations for all levels (01-6) is as follows:
- Achievement exam (vocabulary and grammar) is 40 minutes.
- Proficiency exam (reading and listening) is 40 minutes.
Click here for a more detailed chart of the Format and Length of the National Spanish Examinations.