Using Your Language Skills at Work: What Do You Need?

This is a general guide to show you where your language skills would be useful in your job. Keep in mind that it’s a very general outline, but it should still help you figure out what level you’re aiming for when you take the ProFluent+ speaking test language verification test. We’ve also provided some examples of jobs that you might be suited for at each language level.


  • Novice Low (Minimal Word Level Proficiency)
  • Novice Mid (Word and Phrase Level Proficiency)
  • Novice High (Simple Survival Proficiency)

If you’re at any of these levels, you can’t really have a meaningful conversation in the language. For this reason, your language skills are not likely to be helpful in getting you ahead in your career.


  • Intermediate Low (Survival Proficiency)
  • Intermediate Mid (Conversational Proficiency)

If you’re at one of these levels, you’re just doing the very basics in the language; in other words, you’re surviving. Because most jobs you’re looking for will probably want more than just survival skills in the language, these scores are not likely to help you very much.

  • Intermediate High (Limited Work Proficiency)

At this level, you’re just starting to be able to have meaningful conversations in the language, even if they’re just on topics you are used to talking about. For example, if you’re a cashier, you’ll be able to ask and answer questions and process a simple transaction. This skill level will be useful if you’re looking for a job that requires basic language skills in routine situations.

Examples: Receptionist, Cashier, Sales Clerk


  • Advanced Low (Routine Work Proficiency)
  • Advanced Mid (General Work Proficiency)

When you’re at these levels, you’re able to talk about many different topics related to your daily life, including work. A rating at one of these levels will help you get a job that requires you to speak in a variety of work situations, including situations with a complication or a problem. At these levels, you are understood without difficulty, but you still make some mistakes.

Examples: Customer Service Representative, Social Worker, Claims Processor, Credit Representative, Human Resources Assistant.

  • Advanced High (Professional Proficiency)

At this level, you’re very flexible and confident in your use of the language. You can speak at length with precise vocabulary. You can handle a wide range of professional situations and you have a lot of cultural understanding. This combination allows you to work in the types of professions that need someone to interact with clients in more complex situations, giving clear and fully communicated advice and recommendations.

Examples: Account Executive, Team-Lead, Company Spokesman, Brand Manager


  • Superior (Extensive Professional Proficiency)

When you certify as a Superior speaker, you are essentially as good as a native speaker who has been educated in the language. You can speak at great length about issues ranging from everyday life to more complex current events. You have a broad vocabulary and excellent grammar, and you can function well in just about any professional setting that requires your knowledge of the language.

Examples: Trainer, Business, Legal Interpreter, Translator, Intelligence Specialist, Marketing Specialist, Public Relations Specialist, Lobbyist.