"I already speak French, so why should I pass a certificate?"
"How can I prove to these HR managers that I am bilingual if they don't give me a chance to meet with them?"
A recruiter is unable to tell if you can actually hold a professional conversation in French just by looking at your CV or your school/visa application . This is where language certificates become important.
A certificate is a statement that validates your competence to perform a task. In this particular case, the ability to speak French at a professional level.
Having a language certificate can have several advantages, such as :
Gain professional/academic credibility: A certificate is not only proof of your level but also of your commitment. Demonstrating a willingness to learn and to take on a challenge displays values that few other actions can.
Boost your profile: It has become common practice for job or school candidacies to request a language certificate. Having a French certificate will make you stand out from other candidates and can improve your chances of significantly increasing your earning potential.
Open new horizons: Authorities in various countries require a language certificate when applying for a visa. If you dream of traveling to or working in France, a degree may be the key to your admission.
If all this is starting to make sense for you, then there are two main questions you should ask yourself:
- What test should I take?
- How can I prepare myself and ensure the success of my project?
What test do I need to take?
Several tests may be suitable for you. However, the most popular are the DELF and DALF exams.
How can I prepare and pass?
WARNING: Preparing for an exam is not the same thing as learning a language!
Reaching a B1 or B2 level in French can be done faster than ever before, but it doesn't mean that you are ready for a test. Certification exams test your listening, writing and grammar skills.
For this reason, the best way to succeed is to prepare yourself with motivating and thorough training provided by certified teachers (REALLY IMPORTANT). Teachers who can guide you step by step through the intricacies of the exam and who can ensure that your French skills are as good as your focus and efficiency.
With the right guidance and motivation, you will pass your exam and use your certificate to open up new opportunities for yourself.
Swiss French School has been an expert in diploma preparation since 2011 and offers students the right advice to pass their exams. You can choose between individual or group preparation courses.