National Spanish Assessments

National Spanish Assessments

WARNNG!  This page presents information about the National Spanish Assessments (non-contest).  If you want information on the National Spanish Examinations (contest), click here.

 

National Spanish Assessments

 

The National Spanish Assessments (NSA) are an additional option for testing which are written from the same specifications and standards as the National Spanish Examinations (NSE).  The National Spanish Assessments are the non-contest version of the National Spanish Examinations.

 

CONTENT and FORMAT

The National Spanish Assessments are comprised of four modules.

  • Each module can be administered separately.
  • Each module can be administered twice and at different points in the year to show growth.
  • Each module takes about 20 minutes to complete.

 

Module 1: Interpretive Communication – Reading Comprehension (12 items)

Module 2: Interpretive Communication – Listening Comprehension (12 items)

Module 3: Vocabulary (40 items)

Module 4: Grammar (40 items)

 

National Spanish Assessment (NSA) REGISTRATION:

Registration for the National Spanish Assessments takes places during the academic year (from August 1 through June 30). 

Note: Registering teachers must be members of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP).  Administering the NSA is a benefit of membership.

 

NOTE: If you wish to register for the National Spanish Examinations (NSE, CONTEST) click here.

 

To register for the NEW National Spanish Assessments (NSA, NON-CONTEST), please call the NSE office at 219-465-2100.

 

Once a teacher registers and pays for the National Spanish Assessments via credit card, he/she will receive a confirmation invoice containing a username and password for the teacher’s online account as well as usernames and passwords for all students registered.

 

TEST ADMINISTRATION:

Tests can be administered any time between August 1 and July 31 and must be administered in the same academic year in which they were registered.

Usernames and passwords will be sent to teachers the week after the registration is submitted and the invoice is paid.

 

RESULTS:

Results are available immediately.  To get results, teachers should:

  1. Log in to their teacher Quia account.
  2. Click on “Quizzes” in the upper left-hand corner.
  3. Open the folder of the test level for which they wish to view results.
  4. Click on “Score Reports” for the correct module.
  5. View results as desired.

 Click here if you would like more information on Retrieving Class and Student Results.

 

Scores on the National Spanish Assessments can be converted to proficiency ratings for the Interpretive Communication modules of Reading and Listening as follows.  The scores in red are ratings for the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference).

 

PROFICIENCY:

READING /

LISTENING

Total points earned on exam

60 - 90

91 - 100

Level 1

Novice

Mid

0

Novice

High

A1.1

Level 2

Intermediate

Low

A1.2

Intermediate

Mid

A2

Level 3

Intermediate

Mid

A2

Intermediate

High

B1.1

Level 4

Intermediate

High

B1.1

Advanced

Low

B1.2

Level 5

Advanced

Low

B1.2

Advanced

Mid

B2

Level 6

Advanced

Mid

B2

Advanced

High

C1.1

 

 

COSTS:

In order to register students for the National Spanish Assessments, the teacher must be a member of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP).  Dues are $65 per year and can be paid either (1) directly on the NSA online registration form above or (2) on the AATSP website (www.aatsp.org).

 

The National Spanish Assessments cost $3 per student, and the cost includes two tests for each of the four modules as outlined above (8 tests total).  There is no discount for teachers wishing to administer only some of the modules.  Paying $3 per student entitles the students to all eight (8) exams.  It is up to the teacher which exams are to be administered.  The NSA invoice must be paid by credit card.

 

PRINTABLE CERTIFICATES:

Teachers can print out a certificate for each student stating the student’s proficiency level for Interpretive Communication: Reading and Listening.  Click here for printable certificates. (Under construction)

 

PRIZES and SCHOLARSHIPS:

The National Spanish Assessments have no prizes.  If a teacher would like for students to compete for prizes and scholarships, teachers should register students for the National Spanish Examinations on the NSE registration page.