Just a short question: Would you mention your TOEFL score on your CV? If yes, where would you add the score? Skills, Certficiates?
How to include language skills in resume
You should not list your TOEFL score in your resume. You should list your language skills by order of proficiency.
Here are some some good reasons why the TOefl score is irrelevant for resumes.
No English-speaking person knows the metrics, testing or the meaning of your "score". Even if I saw that you got 100% on the test (if that's even possible), I would have nothing to compare that against. Does that mean you're fluent, that you could be a professor of English, or that you're the best non-native speaker they'd ever heard?
Recruiters already assume you speak the language when your resume is in English and will know your communication skill if you're selected for an interview.
Regarding the resume, this is how I list my language section on mine, with languages in order of fluency level
- -Languages: XXX (native), Mandarin-Chinese (fluent)
Language Proficiency Levels on Resume
Here are some examples of the levels of language proficiency. The Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) scale was developed by the predecessor to the National Foreign Affairs Training Center. The ILR scale gives a complete description of language proficiency levels which is more transferable to resumes. We've listed the common equivalent next to the ILR ranking. Examine the rankings carefully. An exaggeration of language skills could put you in a bad situation. Do not list "Full Professional Proficiency" or "Fluent" next to any language, unless you can proceed in an interview in said language.
|ILR Level and equivalent||Level of Proficiency|
|Elementary Proficiency / Basic||Includes the only the basic functions of using the language.|
|Limitied Working Proficiency/ Conversational||Ability to communicate socially with limited professional application of the language.|
|Professional Working Proficiency / Business||Able to speak clearly in a structured manner. Good sense of the languages grammar. Broad Vocabulary.|
|Full Professional Proficiency / Fluent||Can participate in any conversation with experience. Fluent use of the language.|
Resume Language Skills Section
Here is an example of language skills on a resume. Note that the applicant lists their language skills as basic in French and fluent in Mandarin. Click the file attachment at the bottom of this post for the complete Wall Street Oasis resume template.
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