What is the cost of administering the NSE?

There are two mandatory costs associated with giving the National Spanish Examinations: (1) cost per teacher and (2) cost per student.


Cost per Teacher. There is a $75 cost to each teacher administering the National Spanish Examination. This cost covers administrative expenses associated with each teacher regardless of the number of exams he/she administers such as: mailings, results, etc…. Teachers may only register students who are currently enrolled in their classes, and must enroll them for the level of exam which matches the course they are currently enrolled.


NOTE: To ensure that students are enrolled in the registering teacher's class at the correct level, both the NSE national office and chapter coordinators reserve the right to request that each participating teacher submit an official class list signed by an administrator.

NOTE: AATSP members do not have to pay the $75 per teacher cost, as giving the National Spanish Examinations is a benefit of AATSP membership.

Current AATSP members must be in good standing and must have their 2022 AATSP dues paid in order to avoid paying the $75 test administration fee.

To join AATSP, visit (Click here for Benefits of Joining AATSP.)

Cost per Student. Each school pays a fee per examination to the national office. This fee includes (1) a national portion of $4.00 and (2) an optional chapter portion (between $1.00 and $3.00 per student). Each chapter has a slightly different fee schedule because each chapter recognizes students in a different way (prizes, certificates, awards, banquets, etc.). Student recognition is funded through this chapter fee.


The national fee of $4.00 per student covers:

One (1) Online National Spanish Examination

Unlimited year long use of the free, online practice examinations

Seven (7) sets of percentiles for each student

A personalized report for each student listing percentages for all learner outcomes

National recognition

Printable certificates for students who earn medal placement

Eligibility to compete for Global Citizen Scholarships, Junior Travel Awards and Senior Scholarships

The chapter fee covers chapter prizes.

(See the Chapters and Coordinators page to obtain your chapter's fee schedule and how your local chapter recognizes students.)


Cost per school / district. Schools requiring additional forms (such as vendor packets, affidavits, notarized or other legal documents) will be charged an additional processing fee. The amount of the processing fee is determined by the complexity of the documentation required and is generally between $25 and $50.


NSE is a non-profit organization. Once all operating expenses have been paid, all funds are returned to the students in the form of prizes and scholarships. NSE cannot absorb of the cost of completing additional documentation required by some school districts.


NOTE: All NSE invoices must be paid on time. Schools requiring extra time to process such documentation need to register with ample time in order for payment to be made before the deadline. If payment deadlines are not met, then applicable late fees will be charged.

Refund Policy



Once a teacher submits his/her registration or updated registration to Quia, the company that hosts NSE’s online exam, the teacher is obligated to pay for the students registered. Quia automatically charges the NSE a fee to set up that teacher’s online account and to assign a username and password for each teacher registered. Because NSE is a non-profit organization, we cannot absorb the cost of allowing deletions, partial deletions or of issuing refunds.




No refunds will be issued for any products since, once these products have reached the consumer, they can be easily copied or duplicated.