The CELPE-Bras exam is the official proficiency exam of the Portuguese Language in Brazil and it has now completed its 20th anniversary. Here you’ll learn everything about it!
CELPE-Bras stands for Certificado de Proficiência em Língua Portuguesa para Estrangeiros and it is the certificate of proficiency in Portuguese as a Second language officially recognized and developed by the Brazilian Ministry of Education (MEC). But putting this technical explanation apart, the CELPE-Bras exam is the Brazilian Proficiency test for those who already speak Portuguese.
It’s a formal certification of your Portuguese level and it can be used for business or educational purposes in different countries. But if you intend to work in Brazil, don’t worry too much about doing the CELPE-Bras test, unless a company asks you. Most of the companies will test your Portuguese level during an interview.
How does the CELPE-Bras test work?
The Brazilian proficiency test has two parts: the written exam and oral exam. Each of the parts have a specific time to be finished, so let’s talk more about it.
The written part of the exam has a duration of three hours. It consists of 4 tasks:
- Video comprehension and written production
- Audio comprehension and written production
- Reading comprehension and written production 1
- Reading comprehension and written production 2
You are probably thinking that you have to write a lot, right? Don’t worry! It’s more important to focus on writing well than writing a lot. Besides, remember that your comprehension is being evaluated, so pay attention to what the compositions ask for.
The oral part of the exam takes only 20 minutes. You are going to have some time to talk about yourself in an interview and the examiners are going to ask you a few questions about topics related to Brazil.
CELPE-Bras in Brazil
In case you are coming to Brazil to try the exam, here is the website for you to subscribe for CELPE-Bras. Once you are subscribed, you are going to receive the information about the place where you are doing the exam and what time you should be there.
If you want to do the CELPE-Bras exam in you country, please contact the Brazilian consulate and check for the information there.
CELPE-Bras Exam results
Depending on your score on the CELPE-Bras test, you’ll get a certificate for lower level or a higher one. That means it’s difficult to fail in it. But be careful, difficult doesn’t mean impossible. Here is the score system of the Brazilian Portuguese test:
- No certificate: a score from 0,00 to 1,99
- Intermediate level certificate: a score from 2,00 to 2,75
- High intermediate level certificate: a score from 2,76 to 3,50
- Advanced level certificate: a score from 3,51 to 4,25
- High advanced level certificate: a score from 4,26 to 5,00
CELPE-Bras preparation course
And of course Rio & Learn can help you with the CELPE-Bras practice test. We have a special CELPE-Bras preparation course in which you are going to be prepared to reach your results in the Brazilian Proficiency exam. You can find all the information about our preparatory course on the CELPE-Bras preparation page.
Study with us for this Portuguese Proficiency exam and feel ready and comfortable to do it!
That’s all for today, galera!
See you around!