If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to
him in his language, that goes to his heart. – Nelson Mandela
I have written in my previous post regarding the importance of learning a foreign language. This is the next step which you need to follow in order to validate your language skills and gain a certification. Employers usually ignore your language skills unless it is supported by a certificate from a well-known authority.
Language certificates can be gained by passing an exam according to your level. It ranges from beginner to expert. The most important thing before taking the exam is preparation as language exams are usually difficult.
The preparation part can be done by buying a preparation book which has all the information regarding the exam and exercises to practice. They give you a feel for the real exam.
The language exams usually consist of the following parts – Reading, Writing, Speaking and listening. You will be individually tested in each part. The key to passing the exam with a good score is always by using a preparation book from a renowned authority.
There are other benefits which you can reap by being certified. For example, you can use it to study at a university in a foreign country. Most of the universities abroad would like the students to provide a certificate if they would like to complete the course in a foreign language.
In conclusion, earning a language certificate from a renowned authority opens many doors for a bright and stable future.