Examinations in Portuguese as a Foreign Language can be taken by any person aged 15 or above who wants to prove his/her competence in the Portuguese language for educational, professional or other reasons in terms recognised by each certificate.
2.1. Registration takes place in an Examination Centre of Portuguese as a Foreign Language on filling in a Registration Form.
2.2. Registration can be made by schools on behalf of a candidate or directly by a candidate.
2.3. Registration for more than one examination held in the same administration period is not allowed.
2.4. Registration should be made during the month preceding the administration period.
2.5. Registration cannot be transferred from one administration period to another or from one examination to another. However, it’s possible to transfer a registration for an examination in one centre to another, providing both centres agree to do so.
2.6. The payment of the examination fee should be made at the moment of registration.
2.7. The registration fee is not refundable.
2.8. There are special conditions that can be applied to handicapped candidates providing they advise an Examination Centre of their needs at the moment of registration.
2.9. Examination centres are obliged to inform candidates about their code number before the beginning of the first component of an examination.
3.ADMINISTRATION OF EXAMINATIONS
3.1. Candidates should get acquainted with instructions given in Information for Candidates, available in Examination Centres.
3.2. The CAPLE will be advised of any kind of irregular behaviour of a candidate (aimed at or resulting in benefiting the candidate or anybody else) detected by supervisors. This may lead to annulment of the examination. The decision of the CAPLE is final.
3.3. A supervisor, with the consent of the coordinator, is allowed to expel from the examination room any candidate persisting in irregular behaviour.
4.MARKING AND RESULTS
4.1. All components, except Speaking, are marked in the CAPLE. The Speaking component, marked by a local examiner, may be recorded.
4.2. All reports delivered by Examination Centres and advising of any kind of disturbances occurred during the examinations that could affect the performance of candidates will be taken into account during the marking of examinations. If necessary, the CAPLE will re-mark the examinations of candidates affected by the disturbances so that they are not prejudiced.
4.3. Before the issuing of certificates the Examination Centre informs candidates about their performance in each of the components.
4.4. All successful candidates are awarded a respective certificate. There are three grades: Suficiente (Pass), Bom (Good), Muito Bom (Very Good).
4.5. A candidate may request the CAPLE, through an Examination Centre, to re-mark his/her examination. The request should be made within five working days after the candidate receives information about his/her results. The request should be accompanied by the payment of a fee, which is refunded in case the claim is recognised as justifiable.
5.1. Certificates of PLE are sent to Examination Centres within five weeks after the issuing of information about the results of examinations. Candidates or their representatives are issued with a respective certificate on signing a document confirming its receipt.
5.2. In case of mislaying the certificate by a candidate, a substitute results slip can be issued against payment of a fee.
5.3. No duplicate certificates are issued unless the original has been damaged. In that case, the original should be given back to the CAPLE through an Examination Centre. The CAPLE will issue a new certificate, identical with the original, against payment of a fee. This procedure is valid only within five years after the examination.
6.1. The CAPLE reserves itself all rights to examination papers. In consequence, no part of the papers can be reproduced without permission in writing of the CAPLE.
6.2. Candidates’ answer sheets are property of the CAPLE. In consequence, they can’t be sent to candidates or to Examination Centres. The access to candidates’ answer sheets may be granted for research purposes providing the research is done in the CAPLE and the anonymity of candidates is guaranteed. Research works must make reference to the fact that they were produced in collaboration with the CAPLE.
INFORMATION FOR THE CANDIDATES
1. Candidates should be present in front of the examination room 15 minutes before the beginning of the examination.
2. Candidates who arrive more than 15 minutes late for the Reading, Writing and Structural Competence components won’t be allowed to take the examinations.
No late-comings are allowed for the Listening component.
If examiners are late or absent from the Speaking component, they may request the coordinator to fix a new date of the examination. Any late-comings or absences should be properly justified.
3. No candidate is allowed to leave the examination room before the scheduled end of the examination.
4. Candidates should bring with themselves an identity document recognised as valid in the country where the examination takes place.
5. Candidates aren’t allowed to consult any materials or use correction markers during the examination. It is allowed to use a blue or black pen (in the Writing and Structural Competence components), a pencil (in the Reading and Listening components), an eraser and a draft sheet (provided by the Examination Centre).
6. Candidates should answer examination questions on respective examination sheets. Answers written on draft sheets will be considered valid under no circumstance. In the Writing component candidates are requested to write the number of words of each text. Under or over length will be penalized.
7. Candidates should identify themselves only within space provided for this purpose. Identification made in any other place will result in annulment of the examination.
8. Any exchange of information between candidates is not allowed during the examination. If it does happen, it may result in annulment of the examination.