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1 National Spanish Examination
March 30 and 31, 2015 This PowerPoint was presented the week of September 22, 2014

2 What is the purpose of the National Spanish Exam?
to recognize achievement in the study of the Spanish language to promote proficiency in interpretive communication in the Spanish language to assess the national standards as they pertain to learning Spanish to stimulate further interest in the teaching and learning of Spanish

3 How many students take the exam?
The National Spanish Examination is the most widely used test of Spanish in the United States.  In the spring of 2014, a total of 154,268 students participated in the online version of the exam nationwide.

4 How long is the test? The total time for the exam will be 80 minutes + 5 minutes for the personal information section. The test consists of two parts. Achievement test based on specifications for vocabulary and grammar Proficiency test which assesses interpretive communication based on the specifications for listening and reading comprehension available online and from Señor Blease

5 How much does it cost? The cost is $6.50 (due September 29 or 30, whenever your class is) and covers: The Online National Spanish Examination Unlimited year long use of the free, online practice exercises and practice examinations Vocabulary lists for every level! National and local recognition Seven (7) sets of percentiles for each student Printable certificates for students who earn medal placement If you earn medal placement, you will also be mentioned in HoofBeat and the Parent Network newsletter Prizes (the first year: 4 Northsiders won cash, 2nd year:12 students, 3rd year: 17 students, 4th: 27 students, 5th: 36 students …next year??) Eligibility to compete for Junior Travel Awards and Senior Scholarships. Even if you’re a sophomore, to be eligible for the Junior Travel award, you had to have taken it this year

6 What do I need for the exam day?
An extra pair of headphones will be good to have in case the ones in the Language Lab don’t work

7 When is the exam? We will take the exam March 30 and/or 31 depending on your class period Please do not be absent those dates. Make ups will only be during lunch periods the days of the exam. All exams will begin promptly at the beginning of class.

8 What are the exam levels and categories?
We will test 6 levels and will typically coincide with your current level of Spanish. Ex: Spanish 3=Level 3 AP Spanish=Level 4, 5, or 6 (depending on your personal level of aptitude. Your teacher will help you decide this) Within those 6 levels are 3 categories Regular classroom experience Experience with Spanish outside of the classroom* Bilingual* *There are deeper explanations of these categories that I can explain to you

9 How can I prepare for the exam?
The best preparation has been what you’ve been doing in Spanish classes so far: Listening, memorizing vocabulary, learning new grammar, immersing yourself in the language THE VOCABULARY IS THE SECRET TO SUCCESS! So, take the quizzes seriously. The NSE website has online practice exams from past years that you must practice with at home and in school before taking the exam.

10 Why should I take the exam?
It’s mandatory and counts as a regular exam grade Looks great on college applications National Recognition Students scoring above the 75th percentile are recognized as follows:   Gold medal placement certificate - students scoring at or above the 95th percentile. Silver medal placement certificate - students scoring from the 85th through the 94th percentiles. Bronze medal placement certificate - students scoring from the 75th through the 84th percentiles. Local recognition If you achieve a medal, your name will be mentioned in HoofBeat and the Parent Network newsletter Chapter Prizes The Chicago chapter awards cash prizes of $25, $50, $75, and $100. Last year’s students won over $1800 total. There is an awards ceremony in May where you will get a check National Awards and Scholarships Juniors and Seniors scoring above the 75th percentile are eligible to apply for Junior Travel Awards* and Senior Scholarships* *Explanation of these on the National Spanish Exam website or ask Señor Blease

11 What now? $6.50 will be due Monday, September 29 or Tuesday, September 30 depending on when your class is. If you cannot afford to pay $6.50, speak to Señor Blease. CASH or CHECKS are acceptable. Checks must be made to: Northside College Prep Check out the exam website for more info: Any additional questions, please contact Señor Blease in person or via

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