CELPE-Bras is coming! Vamos estudar português!

Hello, guys. Has anyone heard about CELPE-Bras?

It’s a language proficiency test especially designed to test Portuguese as a second language. (Like, English TOEFL and the Cambridge English Language Assessment)

At my University, there are many foreigners that came to study here in Brazil and they must take this test. There are four levels:

Intermediate, Intermediate 2, Advanced and Advanced 2.

CELPE-Bras is the Certificate of Proficiency in the Portuguese Language, developed by the Ministry of Education (MEC) and awarded to foreigners who acquire fluency in Portuguese. This certificate is accepted internationally by companies and educational institutions as proof of competence in Portuguese and it is required by Brazilian universities for admission to undergraduate and graduate programs.

The Exam – A written test that must be done in two hours and 30 minutes and an 20-minute oral evaluation.

Agencies authorized by MEC to administer the CELPE/Bras Exam: • Universidade Federal Fluminense • Other Brazilian universities • Institutions located abroad

Frequency of the CELPE/Bras Exam – twice a year usually in the months of April and October.

And a little bit about the exam:

CELPE-Bras (Certificado de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangeiros or Certificate of Proficiency in Portuguese for Foreigners) is the only certificate of proficiency in Brazilian Portuguese as a Second language officially recognized and developed by the Brazilian Ministry of Education (MEC). The Celpe-Bras exam is offered in Brazil and many other countries, such as the United States, Germany, Chile, Colombia and Japan, England, Argentina, France, Spain with the support of the Brazilian Ministry of International Relations (MRE). Registration may be done over the internet during the months of February, March, August, and September.

Useful links: (For further information, visit the website and you can see in the link Application centers/Postos aplicadores if your country offers Celpe-Bras) (Kings College London, one of the places abroad which CELPE-Bras will be applied.) (apply here)

Now, I know that most of you are just beginning to learn the language. I started French in Duolingo and I'm definitely not ready to take a language test in this language. BUT, maybe in the future, you'll be able to test your skills in a more "serious" way :)


August 8, 2014


I'm planning to take CELPE-Bras someday in order to document my fluency in Portuguese.

August 9, 2014

Very interesting indeed! I am currently preparing for a Proficiency exam in European Portuguese.

August 11, 2014

Online or..?

August 17, 2014

There is European Portuguese equivalent called CAPLE.

August 10, 2014

Can this test be taken online?

August 17, 2014

No, it can not. It is very complex exam that consists various parts and takes nearly all day to take (well, depending on the level). The structure can be compared with IELTS. It is an official exam, so google it and you will find all the info.

August 21, 2014

The Exam – A written test that must be done in two hours and 30 minutes and an 20-minute oral evaluation.

The Exam – A written test that must be done in two hours and 30 minutes and a 20-minute oral evaluation.

Se Você e eu bebemos vino poderiamos estar melhor? Se Você come tomate, eu como tomate. Oia menina, como pode ver DL nao da pa apresentar un examen

¿Si tú y yo bebemos vino podríamos estar mejor en el estudio de los idiomas? Si tú comes tomates, yo como tomates. Oye chica, como puedes ver, con Duo Lingo no se aprende para presentar un examen de idiomas. Me interesa si tu podrías dictar ese curso (o prepararnos) eso sí que sería fenomenal. Me encanta esa idea. I am very interested to follow your idea if you are going to facilitate the sessions to study this kind of exercises to train us for the exam. When do we start?

August 9, 2014

No, it doesn't. Duo is just a start. If you really want to learn a language you should take classes, read, practice everyday, listen to music, etc. The foreigners here take Portuguese lessons twice a week, besides living in a Portuguese speaking country, which helps a lot. So, they are prepared for the test. They must do it after 2 years here, I believe.

Here is a webpage that offers a course (but, I believe is just in Brazil)

And here, another link that might help you:

I, unfortunately, do not have the time to teach myself and I couldn't since I don't know how. But, I hope these links help.

August 9, 2014

wow. i will be in the 11th grade after summer. I hope to take this test after high school before my application to The Harvard University.

August 9, 2014

Good thing you somehow managed to include "The Harvard University" in your comment.

August 10, 2014

Thank you for the info!

August 10, 2014

Excellent info, thank you!

August 11, 2014

great info. I didn't know Celpe . I'm a native speaker maybe this is the reason of my ignorance about it .So if someone here wants to practice portuguese I can help in exchange for help with English

August 11, 2014

thank you really.. But what about the countries that offer CELPE test, are they the only mentioned above ??

November 15, 2014

Vou fazer a prova amanhã, meu deus! Estou tão nervoso. Todos os meus amigos brasileiros me disseram que eles acham que eu passarei, mas isso não aliviou a tensão. Além de escrever em português, tem que ter criatividade em escrever cartas or artigos das revistas imaginários ..em português. Eish

October 19, 2015

Obrigado por isso. beijo.

June 10, 2016

Someone has a link where to download test of the different level to see how they look like?

May 29, 2018

vc já presetou o examen????

August 1, 2018
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