Portuguese Language Test

Portuguese language tests are designed to help evaluate a candidate's level of proficiency in Portuguese.

  • What is a Portuguese language test?

    A Portuguese language test is an effective way to evaluate an applicant's proficiency level in reading and writing Portuguese when recruiting for roles. A test will typically cover grammatical topics such as comprehension and sentence composition, including the language used in a professional working environment.

    The test will include language relating to a variety of contexts, such as work-related scenarios, formal and informal language, and precise translation.

    Those who do well at the test demonstrate the potential to understand non-complex professional writing: for example, work emails or reports. They are likely able to comfortably communicate their ideas in Portuguese at an intermediate level with colleagues or clients.

About the Portuguese Language Test

Portuguese is spoken in approximately 10 different countries and by more than 220 million people around the world – it is the ninth-most spoken language. Portuguese is considered an important business language and the ability to speak Portuguese on the international job market is crucial in certain industries.

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  • Why should you use a Portuguese language test for recruiting?

    It can be challenging for a recruiter or hiring manager who doesn't speak Portuguese to assess others' fluency in another language. For hiring managers and recruiters who do speak Portuguese fluently, they still might struggle to accurately assess the extent to which an applicant can understand Portuguese. An applicant may state on their CV that they have intermediate fluency in Portuguese – but how can you truly test their abilities?

    A Portuguese language test solves that problem and can be easily sent to a large pool of potential hires to provide comparative data.

    The test evaluates their ability and understanding of basic grammar, reading comprehension, and formal idioms. A recruiter can then see which of the candidates has the highest level of fluency in Portuguese overall.

    Those who best meet the Portuguese language requirement can then be moved to the next stage, with the applicants who didn't possess the required level eliminated. This makes for a much more efficient hiring process, saving the need to interview numerous candidates in Portuguese by phone or face-to-face.

    Job roles for which Portuguese proficiency might be a prerequisite include:

    • Journalists and digital content creators
    • Customer support staff
    • Jobs in Portuguese speaking countries
    • Human resources managers
    • Educators
    • Pilots and flight attendants
    • Tour guides or travel agents
    • Business operations specialists
    • Tutors, interpreters and translators

    Proficiency in Portuguese could also be helpful for any business with operations and clients from Portuguese-speaking countries. Portuguese is the official language in more than ten countries and territories, including Brazil, Mozambique and Angola.

Sample Portuguese Language Test question

Vamos ____ hospital ____ metrô.

  • pro; em

  • ao; de

  • para; no

  • ao; em

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Results for the Portuguese Language Test along with other assessments the candidate takes will be compiled to produce a candidate report. The report is automatically generated and available both online and as a downloadable pdf so they can be shared with other team members and employees alike.

How our test assesses Portuguese language skills

In Picked's Portuguese language test, candidates will need to answer a range of questions covering grammar, spelling, vocabulary, common phrases, and reading comprehension. With a varying degree of difficulty around the B2 level of the Common European Framework, the test questions are designed to indicate how well a candidate comprehends Portuguese.

The test avoids requiring any irrelevant knowledge from the candidate aside from language proficiency; thus it is general enough to be used for any job requiring Portuguese. All questions are multiple-choice: a format familiar to most candidates that allows for immediate, objective scoring.

The response options aside from the correct answer, called distractors, are mostly common mistakes or misconceptions, which enhances the question's ability to accurately measure a candidate's proficiency.

During the development process, this test was rigorously analysed to maximise reliability and validity in line with industry best practices. It was written, examined and revised by Portuguese language and psychometric experts, and field-tested with a representative sample of job applicants.

In other words, this test empirically demonstrates consistency and measures the language as intended. Raw scores are provided for each candidate to indicate how they perform relative to one another.

Regarding the candidate's experience, this test has been reviewed by a panel of individuals representing diverse backgrounds to check for any sensitivity, fairness, face validity and accessibility issues. This ensures each candidate has a fair chance of demonstrating their true level of Portuguese proficiency and feels the test is reasonable.

This test is also monitored on an ongoing basis to optimise performance and is analysed regularly for fairness issues.

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Written by a Portuguese Language Test expert

Edgar Noriler Marschalek has a BA in Linguistics and Portuguese. He has worked as a Portuguese teacher and created CEFR-based materials for over three years, as well as having over six years of experience in translation.

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FAQs

What are the different levels of a Portuguese language proficiency test?

The CEFR organises language proficiency in six different levels, from A1 to C2 which this test will be based upon. CEFR-based certificates and CEFR-based language courses are also an indication of proficiency.

How do you test proficiency in Portuguese?

By taking a language test, candidates can demonstrate to a future employer what level their current abilities in speaking Portuguese lies – from skills such as reading and writing to listening and speaking.

What is the cost for Picked's Portuguese language test?

We believe in simple, transparent pricing. We operate monthly and annual subscriptions so you can pick the perfect plan for you. Don't worry if you're not sure: you can always upgrade or downgrade later, or speak to us to discuss the option of a custom made plan to fit your needs. This is all you ever pay – no set-up or hidden fees.

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Yes, sign up (no credit card required) and we'll give you a 7 day trial completely free. You'll get unlimited access to create as many jobs and test as many candidates as you like. You can cancel any time and you won't be charged anything.

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