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Hi,i want to ask you if the certifcate that we got after the lessons,is valid and i can use it in a job as a sign that i know the language...

4 years ago

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IMO, no. Sorry to burst your bubble, but there is nothing on it that says who you are, or that you were in fact the one that took the test (it specifically says "Identity not verified"). I could have taken it for you. It also looks like something you can make at home yourself with Microsoft paint. There is also no recognized standard for it. It shows "Successful completion of the Duolingo Spanish exam with a score of: X.X/5.0". That's absolutely meaningless. The test could have involved nothing more than translating "the man" or "the woman" five times. It's just a trinket that you can print off and put on your office wall, or share on facebook.

In my experience, if the language is a prerequisite for the job (assuming this job is a "career" type job, and not a "McJob"), it almost doesn't matter what you show them for proof of knowledge; they're going to submit you to a test. Despite showing academic records for French, I've had to take both the Canadian federal language tests and New Brunswick provincial tests (separate occasions). These results will be recognized by all employers (in Canada), except possibly other provincial jobs (Quebec probably has its own tests). If it is a "McJob" interview, they'll probably just switch over to doing the interview in Spanish (or whatever language you claim to know) and test you on the spot.

If your potential employer does accept the Duo certificate of proof, and says "Wow, that's impressive", you may want to cut the interview short and keep looking.

4 years ago

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Yes, I agree. The certificate is absolutely meaningless. If you want to apply for a job, take an official language test.

4 years ago

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In my experience, if the language is a prerequisite for the job (assuming this job is a "career" type job, and not a "McJob"), it almost doesn't matter what you show them for proof of knowledge; they're going to submit you to a test.

At least in Europe, the CEFR is meant to cut down on this: from what I have read, I believe most employers would be happy to believe your CEFR certificate without testing you again, just as they would believe your driver licence if that is a requirement for the job. I don't have any first-hand experience of this, but without such recognition the whole CEFR system would be rather pointless.

(This, of course, does not change the fact that a DL certificate proves nothing.)

4 years ago

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Yep, that's right. I think the job application process in North America works rather differently from what we have in Europe.

4 years ago