Portuguese Placement Test

Updated March 2024


The Yale Portuguese Placement Test will be administered online. This test is intended to determine a proper Portuguese level for you so that you will get the most out of your academic experience in one of our courses. Your test will be evaluated by our department and it is to be taken without any outside help or access to resources or materials. You are expected to provide short answers, multiple choice, and brief essays. Do not worry if you do not understand every word. Use the global information and the context to provide an answer. This test does not evaluate your potential knowledge, but rather it tries to determine your current level. Try to answer all questions with your best effort. 
All students, including native speakers, who have been exposed to Portuguese whether formally or informally, who wish to enroll in a Portuguese language course must take the placement test. 
DO NOT take the Portuguese Placement Test if you have never studied Portuguese. You may enroll in PORT 110 directly.
Once you have logged in through the placement test link (at the bottom of this page), you will see links for both tests to choose from. BEFORE STARTING THE PORTUGUESE PLACEMENT TEST, please answer a survey on the Canvas site. 
For any questions regarding the Portuguese language placement test or the Portuguese language courses, please contact Giseli Tordin.

Further information about placement testing and the use of placement scores at Yale can be found here.

General Information for Online Testing

Dates for Online Testing

  •  Placement Tests for Fall 2024 Semester: July 1st, 9 am - July 31st, 12 pm


Unless otherwise noted, placement results are provided in one of the following ways: 1) shown on-screen upon completion of the test, 2) posted to Canvas prior to the start of the semester, or 3) distributed by faculty from the department. Results will be provided by 5 pm on August 5th.

Technical Requirements for Online Testing

Mobile devices are not supported for the online placement tests. You should use a computer with a current version of MacOS or Windows and a recently updated browser.  For Mac users, Chrome or Firefox browser is preferred.

Technical Support

Live support for Lingco is available during regular business hours through the chat icon in the bottom right corner of the screen.

If you still have problems accessing the test after contacting Lingco, please complete the Placement Test Support Form to request help. Technical support for online tests is available during all Yale workdays. On weekends and holidays, you may expect a response on the next workday. For a list of Official Yale Holidays, check the online calendar.

Academic Honesty

Before taking the placement test, please read Yale College’s policy on academic honesty.

Test Link

After checking that your computer meets the technical requirements above, click the test link below (if you log in outside the stated test dates, the test may be unavailable).

Portuguese Placement Test Link