Language Information

Portuguese Placement Test Information

To access your results, or to take a test, scroll to the bottom of this page. The following information is excerpted from the department's website and provides guidance on taking placement tests, interpreting your results, and next steps. Consult the original department page for additional information.

Portuguese Language Placement

If you have previous knowledge of Portuguese and wish to fulfil the Northwestern Language Requirement, or if you want to advance your studies in the language toward a minor degree or other interest, you must take the online placement exam. The exam is based on the material covered in introductory Portuguese courses: PORT 101-1, 2, 3 and PORT 115-1, 2.

The exam tests your written and oral comprehension and written expression in Portuguese. If a reassessment is needed, you will receive an email with instructions for an oral interview on Zoom. All results will be available online:

If you have never studied Portuguese or have had one year or less of high school Portuguese, you DO NOT NEED to take a placement test. Instead, start with a beginner course (Port 101 sequence or Port 115 if you have knowledge of Spanish or other Romance language). The completion of Port 115-2 with a grade of C- or better satisfies the WCAS Language Proficiency requirement. 

For more information, contact Ana Williams at

Take the online Portuguese Placement test here.

If you have questions, please contact Professora Ana Thomé Williams