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Timeline for NSE

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NSE Announces Three Options for Testing

Beginning with the 2018-2019 academic year, NSE will provide three options to teachers as follows:

  1. NSE – National Spanish Examinations
    All registration and test administration procedures will remain unchanged from 2018.
  2. NSA – National Spanish Assessments
    These examinations will be similar to the National Spanish Examinations with the following differences:
  • Registration and testing can take place throughout the year.
  • The cost of the NSA is $3 per student
  • Each of the four modules can be administered separately.
  • Each of the four modules can be administered twice.
  • The NSA is not part of the NSE contest, and there are no prizes nor scholarships.
  • Results are available immediately through the teacher’s Quia account.
  • Results are provided in points and percentages, not in percentiles.

     3. SEAL – Spanish Evaluation of Advanced Language
         This full-proficiency examination combines the NSA exam scores, M1 (Interpretive Reading) and M2 (Interpretive listening), with the SIELE S5 scores for Presentational Speaking and Writing.

  • Schools must apply to become testing centers to administer SIELE through the SIELE website.
  • Approved test centers can administer other SIELE exams in addition to the SEAL exam.
  • Teachers register for the SEAL exam through the NSE website using ONE online registration form.
  • The cost of the SEAL Exam is $89.
  • Results are generally available within three weeks of testing.
  • Results are provided as a proficiency using CEFR proficiency levels.
    NOTE:  Correlation of CEFR levels to ACTFL levels are readily available.


Click here for a summary of the three options.