Terms and Conditions


All services and products of the National Spanish Examinations (NSE) are subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the pages of this website. You are to read the terms, conditions and/or disclaimers provided in the pages of this website. In the event of any conflict, the terms provided in the pages of the website will govern.

The information, material and content provided in the pages of the website may be changed at any time without notice. You agree to review these terms and conditions regularly and your continued access to and use of this website will mean that you agree to changes.


Any unprotected email communication over the Internet may not be confidential and is subject to loss, interception, or possible alteration. NSE does not encourage anyone to send personal or confidential information over the Internet. NSE is not responsible for and will not be liable to you or anyone else for any damages in connection with email sent by you to NSE or sent by NSE to you at your request.


No endorsement or approval of any third parties or their advice, opinions, information, products or services is expressed or implied by any information.


Links for or to websites outside the NSE website are meant for convenience only. NSE does not review, endorse, approve or control, and is not responsible for any sites linked from or to the NSE site including the content of those sites, the third parties named therein, or their products and services. Linking to any other site is at your own risk, and NSE will not be responsible or liable for any damages in connection with linking. Links to downloadable software sites are for convenience only, and NSE is not responsible or liable for any difficulties or consequences associated with downloading software. Use of any downloaded software is governed by the terms of the license agreement, if any, which accompanies or is provided with said software.


Cost of NSE, NPE, & NSC

There are two (2) mandatory costs associated with giving the National Spanish Examination, National Portuguese Examination, and/or National Spanish Challenge:

(1) cost per Teacher and (2) cost per Student.


AATSP members do not have to pay the $75 per teacher cost, as giving the National Spanish Examinations is a benefit of AATSP membership!
Current AATSP members must be in good standing and must have their 2022 AATSP dues paid in order to avoid paying the $75 test administration fee.

To join AATSP, visit www.aatsp.org. (Click here for Benefits of Joining AATSP!)

There is a $75 cost to each teacher administering the National Spanish Examination. This cost covers administrative expenses associated with each teacher regardless of the number of exams he/she administers such as: mailings, results, etc. Teachers may only register students who are currently enrolled in their classes, and must enroll them for the level of exam which matches the course they are currently enrolled.

Note: To ensure that students are enrolled in the registering teacher's class at the correct level, the NSE national office reserves the right to request that each participating teacher submit an official class list signed by an administrator.


Each school pays a fee per examination to the National Office.  Student recognition is funded through this fee! 

The flat fee of $5 includes:

  • One (1) Online Examination
  • Unlimited year long use of the free, online practice examinations
  • Seven (7) sets of percentiles for each student
  • A personalized report for each student listing percentages for all learner outcomes
  • National recognition
  • Actual medals for Gold, Silver, and Bronze place winners
  • Printable certificates for students who earn medal placement
  • Eligibility to compete for Global Citizen Scholarships, Junior Travel Awards and Senior Scholarships

 (See the Chapters Archive page to review our information concerning chapters and how your local chapter recognizes students.)


Schools requiring additional forms (such as vendor packets, affidavits, notarized or other legal documents) will be charged an additional processing fee. The amount of the processing fee is determined by the complexity of the documentation required and is generally between $25 and $50.

The NSE is a Non-Profit Organization. Once all operating expenses have been paid, all funds are returned to the students in the form of prizes and scholarships. NSE cannot absorb of the cost of completing additional documentation required by some school districts.

Note: All NSE invoices must be paid on time. Schools requiring extra time to process such documentation need to register with ample time in order for payment to be made before the deadline. If payment deadlines are not met, then applicable late fees will be charged.


Refund Policy


Once a teacher submits their registration or updated registration to Lingco Language Labs, the company that hosts NSE’s online exams, the teacher is obligated to pay for the students registered. Lingco Language Labs automatically charges the NSE a fee to set up that teacher’s online account. Because the NSE is a non-profit organization, we cannot absorb the cost of allowing deletions, partial deletions or of issuing refunds.


No refunds will be issued for any products since, once these products have reached the consumer, they can be easily copied or duplicated.


Delivery Policy


The usernames and passwords for all examinations ordered through the online registration process are delivered to the teacher who registered those students via Lingco Language Labs NSE’s online test provider on or about February 21.


All products ordered through the NSE website are shipped within 5 business days after payment is received.


Privacy Policy


All teacher and school information submitted to the National Spanish Examinations (NSE) by teachers through the exam registration process (NSE, NSC, NSA, NPE) remains private and is not shared with any third parties. However, NSE does share teacher and school information with NSE-affiliated organizations: Lingco Language Labs NSE’s online test provider, Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica (SHH), Sociedad Hispánica de Amistad (SHA), and the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP).


All student information submitted to the National Spanish Examinations (NSE) by teachers through the exam registration process (NSE, NSC, NSA, NPE) and by students through the scholarship and awards application processes remains private is not shared with any third parties. However, NSE must share student information with Lingco Language Labs (NSE’s online test provider) in order to facilitate the test administration process.


All results generated from the National Spanish Examinations remain private. NSE only releases test results for a particular student to the teacher who registered that student. Because the NSE and NPE are contests, any students who earn gold, silver, bronze, honorable mention status agrees to have his/her name and status published at the national level. 



The NSE has policies and guidelines related to proctoring, student accommodations, and individualized testing plans. Please note that examinations can be disqualified for any the following reasons: 

  • Taking the same test/level more than one time for any reason.
  • Resetting a test for any reason without explicit permission.
  • Translation of pages/questions of any means.
  • Adding time to the test without authorization (I.E. filling out the special needs forms).
  • Use of aids during testing, such as notes, cell phones, charts, or posters.
  • Errors in category declarations.
  • Lack of proctor.