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. 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. CAPLE exams are offered at 5 levels:
CIPLE - Certificado inicial de português língua estrangeira (Level A2)
DEPLE - Diploma elementar de português língua estrangeira (Level B1)
DIPLE - Diploma intermédio de português língua estrangeira (Level B2)
DAPLE - Diploma avançado de português língua estrangeira (Level C1)
DUPLE - Diploma universitário de português língua estrangeira (Level C2)
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.