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Portuguese as a Foreign Language certification


Portuguese language proficiency is certified by the Portuguese as a Foreign Language Assessment Centre (CAPLE), a division of Lisbon University’s Faculty of Letters. With scientific autonomy, this centre is developing its activities in the areas of assessing the proficiency of Portuguese as a foreign language (PLE) and the training and research connected to it, which is authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Camões, I.P. and by the Ministry of Education through the Directorate-General for Education.

CAPLE’s PLE exams are strictly for foreigners and recognized by a variety of national and overseas institutions for people looking to study, pursue an academic career, work and/or obtain Portuguese nationality, etc. The six CAPLE exams assess competence in Portuguese as a foreign language on six levels (A1 to C2) in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), regardless of their reasons for learning the language and the place where they are studying. Candidates can apply at over one hundred study centres around the world, which are managed by the respective coordinators.

Please visit the CAPLE website at for more information about the exams and where to take them.

Portuguese as a foreign language - Levels:

Basic Speaker

Level A1 - Beginner

Level A2 - Elementary

Independent Speaker

Level B1 - Pre-Intermediate

Level B2 - Intermediate

Proficient Speaker

Level C1 - Upper-Intermediate

Level C2 - Advanced

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