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07/21/2020 at 01:10AM

Would a language fluency certificate add a lot to my profile?

I'm going to be applying for college in the fall and I'm trying to figure out what ECs or honors I can add to strengthen my application. I want to study linguistics and I've taken German at school for 3 years (soon to be 4), as well as studying it on my own. There's a German institution called the Goethe-Institut that offers fluency exams, and if you pass you're essentially a 'certified' German speaker. There are several levels, and I was planning on studying for B1, which is the fluency requirement for international students who want to attend a German university. I haven't been practicing basically at all this summer and the test would be in September, and it's slightly above my skill level so taking it would be kind of a high risk/reward situation.

This was a ramble, but TL;DR: I might have the opportunity to take a German fluency exam and passing might add some weight to my college applications. However, the test is fairly expensive and the level I want to take would require me to study pretty hard in the coming months. Would it be worth it?

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3 answers

07/21/2020 at 02:33PM[edited]

B1 is a decently impressive level (it’s equivalent to roughly AP German) and I think if you’re pursing a major in the social sciences, especially political science or intl relations, it will be useful. Here’s my advice: If Gernman is something you either 1) are passionate about and have other ECs for, 2) will write about on your essay, or 3) will need for your major (see above) then I would pursue it. Otherwise sure, it will be impressive, but it will stick out as something random you did to slap on your resume as apposed to a more tailored/intentional activity which matches your major and ties into some of your existing ECs to amplify your profile and tie things all together. There is probably another activity hat makes more sense and will be a better use of your time and money.

07/21/2020 at 08:40AM

My suggestion would be to get an extra, optional letter of recommendation from your German teacher. This will help you to certify not only your German knowledge but also your self motivation for independent study. This would be less expensive and will demonstrate your personality beyond your language skills. Good luck!

07/21/2020 at 06:33AM

If you passed it it would add something to your application (coominenet to an language showing you can succeed at a high level) but if you fail there is no impact.

Also if your are studying linguistics or international buisness is different than studying let’s say biology. So if passed it will boost but how much I can’t say.

Hope this helps and comment if you need clarification.