NES Spanish Test

NES Spanish Test

Latest NES Spanish (401) Exam for 2015-2016


NES Spanish Exam (401) is a computer based test composed  of 100 multiple choice questions, 1 presentation writing assignment and 1 presentational speaking assignment. Three hours is needed to complete the test. Tests with speaking assignments are offered at select CBT sites nationwide. After registering, you will be directed to schedule a test appointment by telephone. National benchmark score for this test is 220. $95 is the testing fee.

Topics for Your Examination


Listed below are the main topics with their respected subtopics. This lists will help test takers lessen the scope of their study and can help them focus on the topics listed below. It is highly motivated that candidates must scan their stock knowledge ahead of time to avoid time pressure and anxiety.

Interpretative Listening

•        Demonstrate literal comprehension of a variety of formal and informal oral messages in Spanish from across the Spanish-speaking world

•         Demonstrate inferential and analytical comprehension of a variety of formal and informal oral messages in Spanish from across the Spanish-speaking world

Interpretative Reading

•         Literal comprehension of variety of authentic materials written in Spanish from across the Spanish-speaking world.

•         Inferential and analytical comprehension of a variety of authentic materials written in Spanish from across the Spanish-speaking world.

Language Structures

•         Understand the language structure of Spanish

•         Knowledge of the language structures of Spanish

•         The geography and major developments in the history of the Spanish-speaking world and their cultural impact.

•         Practices, products, and perspectives of Spanish-speaking cultures and how they relate to one another

Presentational Writing

•         Response to a prompt, demonstrated the ability to construct a coherent, well-developed passage in Spanish that effectively communicates a message.

Presentational Speaking

•         Response to a prompt, demonstrate the ability to deliver coherent, well-developed discourse in Spanish that effectively communicates a message

Coverage of the Test with Weighted Percentage


Proper time handling during your study would be the key to ace the exam during your review period. Giving high allocation of time spend in studying to heavy part of the exam will be a big plus! Here are the list of main topics with their respected weighted percentage.

Interpretive Listening which covers 15% of the examination

Interpretive Reading which covers 15% of the examination

Language Structures which covers 15% of the examination

Cultural Understanding which covers 15% of the examination

Presentational Writing which covers 15% of the examination

Presentational Speaking which covers 15% of the examination

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