Exam Specifications

Specifications and Format for the National Spanish Assessments

National Spanish Assessments
 
Specifications and Format
 

 

The National Spanish Assessments measure Interpretive Communication in Listening Comprehension.  The student is given (1) a context in English, (2) an authentic spoken passage in Spanish and (3) a question based on one of the learner outcomes below and then followed by four answer choices.  They learner outcomes increase in difficultly as the student progresses to higher levels. 

 


 

Module 1 - READING (12 questions)

 

The National Spanish Assessments measure Interpretive Communication in Reading Comprehension. The student is given (1) a context in English, (2) an authentic passage in Spanish and (3) a question based on one of the learner outcomes below and then followed by four answer choices. The specific learner outcomes tested for all levels are as follows:

 

Given an authentic written passage in Spanish, the learner will correctly:
1.  Identify the main ideas
2.  Identify supporting details
3.  Make an inference

 

Click here to see types of authentic texts used on the reading portion of the National Spanish Assessments.

 


 

Module 2 - LISTENING (12 questions)

 

The National Spanish Assessments measure Interpretive Communication in Listening Comprehension.  The student is given (1) a context in English, (2) an authentic spoken passage in Spanish and (3) a question based on one of the learner outcomes below and then followed by four answer choices. The specific learner outcomes tested for all levels are as follows:

 

Given an authentic spoken passage in Spanish, the learner will correctly:
1.  Identify the main ideas
2.  Identify supporting details
3.  Make an inference

 

Click here to see types of authentic texts used on the listening portion of the National Spanish Assessments.

 


 

Module 3 – VOCABULARY (40 questions)

 

The specifications for vocabulary on the National Spanish Assessments are the same as the specifications on the National Spanish Examinations.

 


 

Module 4 – GRAMMAR (40 questions)

The specifications for grammar on the National Spanish Assessments are the same as the specifications on the National Spanish Examinations.

 

 

Proficiency In Interpretive Reading - NSA

National Spanish Assessments
Specifications for
Interpretive Communication – Reading Comprehension

 

 

The National Spanish Assessments measure Interpretive Communication in Reading Comprehension.  The student is given (1) a context in English, (2) an authentic text in Spanish and (3) a question based on one of the learner outcomes below and then followed by four answer choices.  They learner outcomes increase in difficultly as the student progresses to higher levels.

 

Standard:  Interpretive Communication
Measurement Category:  Reading Comprehension

 

Learner Outcome: Given an authentic text written in Spanish, the learner will correctly _____.

Level of Instruction

1

2

3

4

5

6

Identify main ideas

x

x

x

x

x

x

Identify supporting details

x

x

x

x

x

x

Make an inference

 

 

x

x

x

x

Identify the intended audience of the text

 

 

 

x

x

x

Identify the purpose of the text

 

 

 

x

x

x

Identify the tone of the text

 

 

 

 

x

x

Identifies the point of view of the author

 

 

 

 

x

x

Comprehend content of interdisciplinary topics

x

x

x

x

x

x

 

 

Authentic texts are printed material / texts that have been produced by and for native speakers for a culturally authentic purpose.

 

Example authentic texts used on the National Spanish Assessments

 

  • A sign
  • Lists of words and phrases
  • A schedule
  • A personal note, letter, postcard
  • Instructions / directions
  • A posting on social media
  • Menus
  • Labels
  • An advertisement, poster or notice
  • A narrative
  • A brochure
  • An excerpt or passage from
an article
a letter
an essay
a journal / diary
a magazine
a book or novel
a news source
an editorial
a short story
a poem
a legend
a fable
a fairy tale
a website