National Spanish Examinations

National Spanish Examinations

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).  For a nominal additional fee, students can also compete in the local chapter / state contest to win additional awards and prizes.

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

For a comparison with other testing options such as the National Spanish Assessments or the SEAL Exam, please click here.


For information on what the National Spanish Examinations measure, click here.


For information on the exam specifications, click here.