My students in Spanish 1B/1 are taking the National Spanish Exam at the end of this week. I was going to have them take each practice exam before, but I knew that FOUR days of National Spanish Exam would be enough for anyone! (Each section is 40 minutes each as are my classes.) The NSE has a multiple choice section that concentrates on vocabulary, and a grammar section. The second section has different reading passages with multiple choice questions in English, and listening sections with multiple choice questions in English as well.
I decided to turn my review into a game. I pulled up the practice exam, and I had each group in teams. They had to answer each question correctly, and they would draw a piece of paper. The papers were similar to Bazinga. They could either get up to three points, take away a point from another team, or give up to two points to another team. If their group answered incorrectly, the other groups had one chance to guess to earn one point. I kept the game going for two days- one day for achievement and one day for proficiency. The students seemed to enjoy it, and it was good to see them working together and discussing each question.
In general, I have not changed what I teach to the National Spanish Exam. However, I did notice that one chapter- the airport- in my book (Como te va) was repeated the following year, and it did not contain many high frequency vocabulary words. I changed this to a town vocabulary lesson. I decided to use the vocabulary from the NSE. Students learned those words easily, and I have found more of that vocabulary on the test.
Do any other teachers prepare their students for the NSE? I would love to hear your ideas!