NIE 2022 - Exam Timeline
Registration: October 25, 2021 - February 19, 2022
Late Registration (with fee): February 20 - February 25, 2022
Exam Administration: March 1 - March 31, 2022
Pilot Testing NIE 2022
Pre-testing and piloting are important stages in language test development. Each of these stages contributes to the creation and implementation of a valid and reliable test. The NIE is committed to offering its participating teachers and students a quality exam. We are now looking for volunteers among teachers and students to take part in the pilot testing of the 2022 exam. The pilot study aims to obtain feedback on different aspects of the exam (tasks, items, design, specifications, level of proficiency, etc.). Registration for the pilot test is now open and will close on November 10th. Complete the form below to register.
The rapid technological advances have resulted in a variety of computer‐delivered language tests and platforms for creating customized assessment. The NIE is committed to providing students and teachers with the best online testing experience and to guaranteeing a fair, valid test for all test-takers. Starting in 2021, the NIE will be hosted by Lingco, an online language instruction and assessment platform used by high schools, colleges, and universities all over the country. Teachers will find step-by-step instructions and video tutorials on how to register their students and administer the exam using Lingco on this site.
What is the National Italian Exam?
Established in 1985, the NIE is the official national language contest for middle and high school students of the American Association of Teachers of Italian. It is a web-based proficiency and performance assessment that measures written and aural interpretation skills in alignment with the ACTFL Performance Descriptors and the 2012 ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines. The mission of the NIE is to provide:
- an opportunity for the visibility and the promotion of Italian programs in North American schools;
- an assessment tool that can be used by teachers and students as a diagnostic feedback;
- a measurement of language skills that can constitute a positive washback to help inform high school instruction and curricula.
The NIE can be used to support students in preparation for the official exams of Seal of Biliteracy, the SAT II, and it can make them eligible for the Società Onoraria Italica scholarships.
In addition, the NIE provides an excellent opportunity to highlight our students' success as every year over 6.000 high school students of Italian take the exam nationwide.
AATI offers an extensive regional and national prize program that consists of monetary prizes, study-trips to Italy, medals and certificates to award students of all different language proficiency to celebrate their accomplishments.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed the NIE on the NASSP National Advisory List of Contests and Activities for 2020-2021.
On this website teachers will find all the necessary information about the exam and how to register their students.
We wish good luck to all the students who participate in the NIE!
The National Association of Secondary School Principals has placed the National Italian Exam on the 2021-2022 NASSP List of Approved Contests, Programs, and Activities for Students.
Supporting Italian in the USA
The NIE's mission is to promote Italian Language in the USA. Learn what some students think about learning Italian in this video produced by the Embassy of Italy.
This standardized package contains brochures for parents and students, which can be used to introduce the NIE in your schools.