Adult Learners – Portuguese as a Foreign Language

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 recognised 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 co-ordinators.

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

USA – NEWL exam

NEWL® is an online language assessment available in Portuguese. NEWL exams measure functional language proficiency across four skills: reading and listening comprehension, speaking, and writing.

These language proficiency exams provide high school students—both traditional foreign language learners and heritage learners—with AP®-style score reports that can be used to apply for college credit and/or placement.

NEWL scores have previously been accepted by a number of prestigious universities, including University of Maryland, DePaul University, Purdue University, Cornell University and others. A growing number of states also accept NEWL scores as a valid measure of proficiency for the Seal of Biliteracy award.

Read more: NEWL