Portuguese Exemption Exam

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The examination used for Portuguese is the Brigham Young University Foreign Language Achievement test. It covers listening and reading comprehension. The exam is approximately two and one-half hours. The highest proficiency level attainable at UCI by taking the Portuguese exam is 2A.

If you are an International Studies major, this exemption exam cannot satisfy the 2B level foreign language requirement.

This test may be taken only once. No University credit is given. There is no fee to take the test if you are a UCI student.


The test will be administered during the academic year only. Registration, required to take the test, will be open during the second week of each quarter. To register, report in person with your UCI photo ID card to the Academic Testing Center, 3040 Anteater Instruction and Research Building. At the time you register, you will be given information on the date, time, and location of the test.

Notification of Results

Results will not be available by telephone. A paper copy of test results will be available during Finals Week in the Academic Testing Center. Presentation of a UCI photo ID is a requirement. Notification will be sent to each student’s academic unit. However, the results will not appear on the student’s transcript.

If you need further information on language breadth testing, please e-mail the AcademicTesting Center at testcenter@uci.edu or call our office at (949) 824-6207 or contact your academic counseling office.