National Spanish Examinations

National Spanish Examinations

The National Spanish Examinations are online, standardized assessment tools given voluntarily by over 3000 teachers throughout the United States to measure proficiency and achievement of students who are studying Spanish as a second language.[1]

The National Spanish Examinations are the chief assessment tool of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.[2]



The mission of the National Spanish Examination is to recognize student achievement and to promote language proficiency in the study of the Spanish.

NSE is committed to providing teachers with assessment tools and offering students opportunities to practice their language skills and know their Spanish language proficiency rating through taking the exam.[3]


The purpose of the National Spanish Examination is

1. to recognize achievement in the study of the Spanish language

2. to promote proficiency in interpretive communication in the Spanish language

3. to assess the national standards as they pertain to learning Spanish

4. to stimulate further interest in the teaching and learning of Spanish

In addition:

Many teachers state that they use the National Spanish Examination to prepare students to take other standardized tests such as AP, IB, SAT II and college placement exams.

Many administrators state that they can use data from the National Spanish Examination to create reports to show how their schools have improved over an academic year.[4]

Awards and Scholarships

NSE provides awards and scholarships to both teachers who administer the test and to students who score well on the test.

Teacher awards - The National Spanish Examination (NSE) is committed to providing teachers with opportunities to continue their professional development so as to design instruction and assessments from first hand experiences with the Spanish language and culture. To this end, NSE offers scholarships for [Teacher Study Abroad in Spain and Costa Rica] through MLSA ([Modern Language Studies Abroad]

Student awards - NSE offers awards to students who score in the 75th percentile or better as follows:
[Global Citizen Scholarships] for study at the Concordia Language Villages
[Junior Travel Awards]
[Senior Scholarships]


The National Spanish Examinations are headed by Kevin Cessna-Buscemi.


External links

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