Do I need a certification in English to work for a multinational?

We've already seen in some posts about the importance of mastering English for better positioning in the labor market, whether to work right here in Brazil or abroad, as well as to improve your networking.

Even for a small Brazilian company, with no ambitions to expand into the foreign market, having professionals who are fluent in English can be a great differential, as they will be contributors who will be able to update themselves more with training online abroad, as well as negotiating with potential international suppliers.

In today's post we'll understand more about the main English proficiency certifications and see their importance for working in a multinational. Let´s go!

Certification in English: what are the main ones?

First of all, you need to know the main English proficiency certifications.


IELTS is an acronym for International English Language Test System. It is an international certification with wide recognition about English language proficiency.

The exam can be taken in more than 100 countries, including China.

 And how does IELTS work? The exam assesses some skills, such as: 

  • Listening (listening comprehension); 
  • Reading (reading);
  • Writing (writing); 
  • Speaking (conversation).


O TOEFL is the acronym for Test of English as a Foreign Language. In other words, as the name reveals, it is an English language proficiency exam for foreigners.

The TOEFL certifies whether a person can:

  • Express yourself in the language;
  • Understand it in its entirety.

In other words, the TOEFL is a standardized test built with minimum requirements to verify that a student is able to pursue higher education in English.

The most common tests are the TOEFL IBT and TOEFL ITP. Here you can meet our TOEFL Simulation Platform.

already the test TOEFL®Essentials™  is a newer category, with the first tests starting on August 21, 2021.

Essentials' goal is to examine English proficiency in a wider range of environments, not just the university environment. For this reason, it consists of 50% of academic content and 50% of general English. In addition, it has a much more affordable price.

Another feature of Essentials: it includes a variety of accents and situations from around the world, thus offering a more global character.


TOEIC stands for Test of English for International Communication. That is, it is a test that is used to measure English language proficiency for foreigners.

Unlike the TOEFL exams, TOEIC is targeted at the job market. Most countries require a TOEIC certificate in order for foreigners to work.

TOEIC test questions are based on common situations in the work environment and in the business world. Therefore, it is not directed to the academic world (as is the case with TOEFL).

Even for those who do not intend to work abroad, having a TOEIC certificate can be important for their career, as it is required by some multinational companies.

Working in a multinational: what is the best certification in English?

As seen above, each of the certifications has its own characteristics. For example, those who intend to take a course abroad need to research what is the proficiency certification required by the University.

Or if, in this case, you want to work abroad, you need to check what the country's requirements are regarding the necessary certification to apply for a work visa.

In the case of multinationals here in Brazil, there is no rule: each one defines, in its selection process, which items are or are not essential.

However, if you look at the vacancies, you will see that the vast majority require fluency in English. And here comes the question: how, after all, can I prove my level of English? An excellent way is to insert the certification grade in the curriculum itself.

Thus, the certification of proficiency in English can be a big difference in several phases of a selection process for a vacancy in a multinational, especially in the initial phase in which only the curriculum is evaluated.

If you want to work for a multinational, why not start your online english learning today?

THE Uniway School it's an english school and edtech present in more than 50 countries. It has a methodology designed for everyone to achieve the best results, including corporate English.

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