What is the NSE?

What are the National Spanish and Portuguese Examinations?

The National Spanish Examinations and National Portuguese Examinations are motivational contests to recognize student achievements in the studies of Spanish and Portuguese and to stimulate further interest in the teaching and learning of Spanish and Portuguese. 

  • The National Spanish Examinations (NSE) are online, standardized assessment tools for Grades 7 -12, given voluntarily by about 4,000 middle and high school teachers throughout the United States to measure performance (interpretive communication) and achievement of students who are studying Spanish as a second language. 

  • The National Portuguese Examinations (NPE) are online, standardized assessment tools for Grades 7-12, given voluntarily by middle and high school teachers throughout the United States to measure achievement and performance (interpretive communication) of students who are studying Portuguese as a second language. 

 

From 1957 until 2005, the National Spanish Examinations were administered in a paper and pencil format. Since 2006, the National Spanish Examinations have been administered in an online format through the Quia Corporation and was the first National World Language Exam administered online.

The National Spanish Examinations are the most widely used Spanish tests in the United States. In the spring of 2020, a total of 140,000 students registered for the National Spanish Examinations.

The National Spanish Examinations are recognized by many administrative and teaching associations and organizations at the local, state, and national levels. The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has placed this program on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2020-2021.

What is Our Purpose?

The purpose of the National Spanish Examinations (NSE) and the National Portuguese Examinations (NPE) is:

  1. to recognize achievement in the study of the Spanish and Portuguese languages
  2. to promote proficiency in interpretive communication in the Spanish and Portuguese languages
  3. to assess the national standards as they pertain to learning Spanish and Portuguese
  4. to stimulate further interest in the teaching and learning of Spanish and Portuguese

 In addition:

  • Many teachers state that they use the National Spanish Examinations and the National Portuguese Examinations to, "Prepare students to take other standardized tests," such as the AP, IB, SAT II, and other college placement exams.
  • Many administrators state that they can, "Use data from the NSE and NPE to create reports to show how their schools have improved over an academic year."

What is Our Mission?

The mission of the National Spanish Examinations (NSE) is to recognize student achievement and to promote language proficiency in the studies of Spanish and Portuguese. 

The NSE is committed to providing teachers with assessment tools and offering students opportunities to know their language skill ratings in vocabulary, grammar, reading comprehension, and listening comprehension.