Portuguese Placement Test

Updated June 2022

Placement Testing Dates:

  • Placement Exam opens: July 1 (9:00 am)  
  • Placement Exam closes: July 29 (12:00 noon)  NOTE: Please begin your test by 10:30 am to ensure you have enough time for a full testing session.
  • Placement results reported: See Canvas site announcements


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.
If you experience technical issues in accessing or taking the test, please complete the Placement Test Support Form.

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

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

  • Early Placement Testing for Fall 2022 (Returning Students Only): took place in March 2022

  •  Placement Tests for Fall 2022 Semester: Friday, July 1 at 9:00 am (EDT) through Friday, July 29 at 12:00 noon (EDT).   NOTE: Technical support for online testing begins July 5 at 9:00 am


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.

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 after contacting Lingco support, please complete the Placement Test Support Form to request help from the Yale Center for Language Study.

Please note that 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