The National Spanish Examinations are used to measure performance (interpretive communication) and achievement of English-speaking students who are studying Spanish as a second language.
There are seven (7) levels of National Spanish Examinations:
REPETITION OF LEVELS: Because the National Spanish Examinations are a contest, no student may take the same level of the National Spanish Examination more than once.
AP Language / IB-SL: Students enrolled in a course labeled AP Language or IB-SL should register to take the current year’s NSE exam at one level higher than the course in which they were enrolled the previous year. [Example: A student who is enrolled in AP Language this year and took Spanish 4 last year would sit for the Level 5 exam this year.] Under no circumstance may an AP Language / IB-SL student take the NSE at lower than Level 4.
AP Literature / IB-HL: Students enrolled in a course labeled AP Literature or IB-HL must take the NSE at either Level 5 or 6. These students should register to take the current year’s NSE exam at one level higher than the course in which they were enrolled the previous year. Under no circumstance may an AP Literature / IB-HL student take the NSE at lower than Level 5.
Cost per Teacher. 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, both the NSE national office and chapter coordinators reserve the right to request that each participating teacher submit an official class list signed by an administrator.
NOTE: 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 2021 AATSP dues paid in order to avoid paying the $75 test administration fee.
Cost per Student. Each school pays a fee per examination to the national office. This fee includes (1) a national portion of $4.00 and (2) an optional chapter portion (between $1.00 and $3.00 per student). Each chapter has a slightly different fee schedule because each chapter recognizes students in a different way (prizes, certificates, awards, banquets, etc.). Student recognition is funded through this chapter fee.
The national fee of $4.00 per student covers:
One (1) Online National Spanish 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
Printable certificates for students who earn medal placement
Eligibility to compete for Global Citizen Scholarships, Junior Travel Awards and Senior Scholarships
The chapter fee covers chapter prizes.
(See the Chapters and Coordinators page to obtain your chapter's fee schedule and how your local chapter recognizes students.)
Cost per school / district. 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.
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
LATE REGISTRATIONS: There will be a late registration period from February 15 - February 25, 2022, for teachers who miss the regular registration period. Teachers are to follow the same process as above; however, there is a $2 late fee per examination.
CLASSROOM EXPERIENCE (formerly Regular)
A student whose only contact with Spanish is in the classroom.
A student who has had specific experiences with Spanish beyond the classroom.
NOTE: For the purpose of the NSE Contest, an elementary Spanish language program is defined as having had 30 minutes or more of Spanish instruction per week for three years or more during Grades K-6.
A student who comes from a home where Spanish is the predominant language.
The following language experiences may place a student in either the outside experience category or in the bilingual category. The teacher should advise the student as to which category is appropriate.
A student has lived (after age 6) in a Spanish speaking country for more than a year.
A student has studied in a Spanish speaking country for more than 4 months.
A student whose principal language at home is Spanish or Spanish/English.
A student whose principal language outside the home is Spanish or Spanish/English.
NOTE: The National Spanish Examinations are used to measure performance (interpretive communication) and achievement of English-speaking students who are studying Spanish as a second language. Native Spanish speakers (i.e. foreign exchange students and students who were born in and who have studied the Spanish language formally in their native Spanish speaking country and later moved to the United States) are ineligible to sit for the National Spanish Examinations.