What are these National Competitions?

What are the National Spanish & Portuguese Examinations?

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

  • The National Spanish Exam (NSE) is an online, standardized assessment tool for Grades 6 -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 Exam (NPE) is an online, standardized assessment tool for Grades 5-12, 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. 
  • The National Spanish Challenge (NSC) is an online, standardized assessment tool for Grades 1-6 given voluntarily by elementary and middle school teachers as a contest for students who are studying Spanish as a second language.

 


 

Our History

From 1957 until 2005, the National Spanish Exam was 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. 

Since then, the National Spanish Challenge (NSC) and National Portuguese Exam (NPE) were created to expand and further our Mission.

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The National Spanish Exam is the most widely used Spanish test in the United States!

For example: In the spring of 2020, a total of 150,000 students registered for the National Spanish Exam, National Portuguese Exam, and/or National Spanish Challenge!

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The National Spanish Exams is recognized by many administrative and teaching associations and organizations at the local, state, and national levels.

Even 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. 

 


 

Our Purpose

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

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

 

- Many Teachers state that they use the National Spanish Exam & the National Portuguese Exam 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 & NPE to create reports to show how their schools have improved over an academic year."

 


 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 & 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.

 


 

NSE on YouTube

Check out these YouTube videos that describe the National Spanish Exam (and more)! 

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National Spanish Exam 2022 Overview 

(53 seconds) created by Ms. Kat Zaborowski in 2022

 

NSE - National Spanish Exam

(1min22) created by Ms. Chiara Renaud in 2021