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Title: National Spanish Examination


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 year12 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 youre 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 dont 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 3Level 3
  • AP SpanishLevel 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 youve 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?
  • Its mandatory and counts as a regular exam grade
  • Looks great on college applications
  • National RecognitionStudents 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 PrizesThe Chicago chapter awards cash
    prizes of 25, 50, 75, and 100. Last years
    students won over 1800 total. There is an
    awards ceremony in May where you will get a check
  • National Awards and ScholarshipsJuniors 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
    www.nationalspanishexam.org
  • Any additional questions, please contact Señor
    Blease in person or via email rblease_at_cps.edu
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