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First Semester of 2019

Assessment EPE

Ensino Português no Estrangeiro

What is it?

It is an assessment for the learners of the Portuguese Education Department abroad (EPE) given by the Portuguese Government. This assessment is done through the joint responsibility of the Ministry of Education and Science, the General Directorate for Education, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Camões, Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, IP. It is done by conducting tests of proficiency when students reach the output profile defined under the Common Framework for the Portuguese Education Abroad ( QuaREPE )

What are the advantages?

The knowledge of a language is an asset due to the global world we live and the need that sometimes we have to travel. It was of utmost importance to create a common assessment for the Portuguese Education Department Abroad to improve the recognition and accreditation of the students’ communicative skills in Portuguese, regardless of where they live. This assessment now introduced will facilitate student mobility between countries in which the EPE network is present and it will allow compatibility with local assessments. To support the new legal regime of the Portuguese Education Department Abroad (EPE) it was created a way to assess the quality of learning of the students that learn Portuguese.

Where is it?

Assessment will take place in local centers in each country. These local centers will be defined according to the number of students and the proximity criteria of the highest number of candidates and the place with the most adequate conditions for the exam. Each year in April, the list of examination centers are announced by the teachers, by the Education Department and on the Camões, IP website.

Who is eligible for the assessment?

All the students from the Portuguese Education Department Abroad (EPE) from primary and high school can do this exam as an internal or as an external student. The application process must be done through the teachers or through the Portuguese Education Department in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

The fee for the assessment is the following:

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When is it?

The assessment is done once a year, at the end of the school year.
In 2015 the exams will be on the 28th of November.

 How does it work?

There are five tests, each corresponding to a level of language proficiency, meaning the set of knowledge and skills in the use of language - A1, A2, B1 , B2 and C1 levels. The knowledge and the necessary skills to achieve in the 5 different level tests 5 are shown in Common Framework for the Portuguese Education Abroad (QuaREPE), as it is the main tool of assessment the students’ learning ability of the language. This framework is set according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Besides these two documents, the Syllabus from Camoes, IP, serves as a reference in the assessment process.


Each exam will evaluate the following skills in Portuguese: Listening; Oral production by the means of conversations and dialogues; Reading and Writing. The exams will consist of questions or requests to do something, for example situations that happen in everyday life, whether it is written or spoken.

 Structure of the Exams

 The exams, regardless of the proficiency level, will consist of three sections, according to the skills assessed:
(i) Listening Comprehension;
(ii) Reading and Writing;
(iii) Speaking.

The duration of the tests will be different according to the level, up to 90 minutes. There will be a small break between the Listening Comprehension, Reading and Writing sections and the Speaking section.