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CAPLE (Centro de Avaliação de Português Língua Estrangeira or Centre for Evaluation of Portuguese as a Foreign Language) is a certificate of proficiency in European Portuguese as a Second language developed by Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon. The CAPLE exam is offered in Portugal and 45 other countries.[1] CAPLE exams take place in May, July, and November in all testing centres, in addition to February, March, August, September, and October in Lisbon only.[2] CAPLE exams are offered at 5 levels:

  • CIPLE - Certificado inicial de português língua estrangeira (Level A2)[3]
  • DEPLE - Diploma elementar de português língua estrangeira (Level B1)[4]
  • DIPLE - Diploma intermédio de português língua estrangeira (Level B2)[5]
  • DAPLE - Diploma avançado de português língua estrangeira (Level C1)[6]
  • DUPLE - Diploma universitário de português língua estrangeira (Level C2)[7]


To take the test, applicants must be at least 14 years of age, be a national of a country where Portuguese is not an official language, or, if they are from a country whose official language is Portuguese, they must meet two of the following conditions:

  • Their parents' first language is not Portuguese.
  • Their first language acquired was not Portuguese.
  • Their main language of communication is not Portuguese.
  • All or part of their basic or secondary education was not in Portuguese.[8]

See also[edit]

CELPE-Bras - Exam of Brazilian Portuguese for Foreigners developed by the Brazilian Ministry of Education

TELC - The European Language Certificates (Portuguese available at Level B1 only)

External links[edit]

  • CAPLE Official Website (Portuguese only)[1]
  1. ^ "CAPLE FAQ". Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  2. ^ "CAPLE Exam Schedule". Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  3. ^ "CIPLE". Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "DEPLE". Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "DIPLE". Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "DAPLE". Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "DUPLE". Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "CAPLE FAQ". Retrieved 14 March 2013.