Portuguese Proficiency Certificate for Foreigners

What it is?

The Portuguese Proficiency Certificate for Foreigners (Celpe-Bras) is the official Brazilian exam to evaluate Portuguese proficiency as a foreign language, made by the Brazilian Ministry of Education (MEC).

When it happens?

Usually twice a year, during the months of April and October.

Where can I do the exam?

  • At Universidade Federal Fluminense;
  • At other Brazilian universities (see the full list here);
  • Applicators abroad (see the list here);

How is the exame?

  • 3-hours long written assessment; and
  • 20-minutes long oral assessment.

For more information, consult the Attendant Brochure, available in Portuguese here.

Proficiency Levels

Result Grade
Superior Advanced 4,26 to 5,00
Advanced 3,51 to 4,25
Superior Intermediate 2,76 to 3,50
Intermediate 2,00 to 2,75
Not Proficient 0,00 to 1,99


Due to the outbreak of Covid-19 in Rio de Janeiro, we inform that, temporarily, the Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF) will not participate in the application of the Celpe-Bras exam.

We recommend that interested parties consult the Inep website and its social networks for updated information about future applications:

More Information

Cirlene Sanson
Representative of Celpe-Bras exam at Universidade Federal Fluminense
E-mail: celpebrasuff@gmail.com