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DuoLingo in Ankara – Are you ready for it?

If you want the right training and support to get your desired DuoLingo score, we would love to help you. DuoLingo is a new test, and no as popular as many of the other tests that we support. We have worked with some students and achieved some success, and we are now opening our offer to new students who are looking for alternatives to the main English language tests.

Is DuoLingo the right test for you?

Although still relatively new, it has been proven with thousands of students taking it and being accepted, and it has good academic support behind it. It is useful to enter academic study, and if you are applying to universities, especially in one of the major English speaking countries.

A major benefit for some people is that you will get your test result within 48 hours. The DET is a standardized exam similar to TOEFL and IELTS, covering the core skills of speaking, listening, writing, and reading English. The main differences are that it is a mixed adaptive test like the PTEA, and can be taken online without needing to visit an examination centre.

Is it good value for money?

The Duolingo English Proficiency Test is designed to be a very cheap and inexpensive English test, so that it can be affordable for the maximum number of people. It is operated by a private business, and it is designed for the internet age. It does have academic backing and research, so you can be confident that it is not a waste of your money and time to take it. It can help you to demonstrate your English proficiency to enter academic life or a job, and although it is nowhere near as popular or useful as IELTS, TOEFL or PTEA, it is accepted by thousands of colleges and universities worldwide. Many colleges throughout the globe accept the Duolingo English Test as part of their admissions criteria for international students, and especially it has been approved by over 1,500 schools in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. The Duolingo English Test, unlike the TOEFL and IELTS, is taken on-demand from your own computer. No appointment necessary, just book, have your ID ready, and go. It simply measures your English language competence. This exam employs an adaptive approach, reacting to your answers to adjust the level and number of questions. Correct or good answers produce more difficult questions, incorrect or bad answer produce easier questions, until it establishes your level.

What is it?DuoLingo English Test, officiated by DuoLingo, a private company.
What is it used for?Applying to universities where proof of English is required but IELTS and TOEFL are not mandated
What is in the exam?SectionFormatTypesTime
ListeningVariableNo “listening section” due to the adaptive nature of the test. Questions in each section may have listening elements. For example:

- Listen and Type -
Dictation: you will listen to a spoken sentence or short paragraph and type it in one minute. You may replay the speech three times. 

- Listen, Then Speak -
Part of the extended speaking task. Verbally respond to a spoken question for at least 30 seconds. Your responses will be recorded so answer all questions completely and clearly.

- Listen and Select -
A version of the “yes/no” vocabulary exam. Discern between English words mixed with pseudo-words (made to seem English-like).
ReadingVariable- Read and Complete (solve the missing letters in words)

- Read and Select (choose the real English words from the fake ones)

- Read Aloud (pronunciation, intonation and word stress) will be graded automatically using systems and procedures created expressly for the question categories.

Duolingo’s systems will compare your answers to the correct ones and assess the differences and similarities.

• Also, you will not receive any penalty for giving incorrect or incomplete answers. Partially correct responses may receive half credit.
• If you leave a question empty or unanswered, you may lose more points than if you respond incorrectly. As a consequence, you should answer every question, even with a guess.

- Read and Write (answer a simple question with a brief explanation)

- Read and Speak (answer a few points about a simple question), will be scored using an algorithmic grading system. Similar to expert human assessors, the grading engine understands and assesses a candidate’s English Proficiency. The engine will evaluate the following parameters: grammar correctness and complexity, lexical sophistication and diversity, your ability to answer questions thoroughly, and fluency for both oral and written tasks.

Computer algorithms will analyze and score the questions, but human examiners will analyze and score the video recordings.
WritingVariable- Adaptive Questions. Describe the image presented, using one or more sentences, in response to this question.

- Read and Write (Adaptive Questions) 
Respond to a given written prompt in at least 50 words. You will not be able to choose a different prompt.
• Write about a topic: to make an argument.
• Write about a topic: to describe, discuss, or explain.
• Write about a topic: to recount past experiences.

- Writing Sample. Candidates will have 3-5 minutes to respond to two written prompts, writing extensively on one of the two themes. Candidates will have 30 seconds to choose between two writing themes.

The system does not grade this section of the test. However, the Duolingo English Test will share your written response and video recording to the institution you nominated to receive your score. 

Scoring Criteria
- Write About the Photo
- Read and Write
These open-ended questions are checked by the grading engine, which uses an algorithmic system to comprehend and evaluate a candidate’s English Proficiency. 
The engine analyzes
• Grammatical accuracy and complexity.
• Sophistication with your word choices.
• Ability to answer fluently and elaborately.
• One picture description task
• Three independent speaking tasks
• Two with written prompts
• One with aural (listening) prompts

- Speak About the Photo -
The candidate will see a prompt with a question and a photo, which is displayed for 20 seconds.

- Read Aloud section -
The candidate must read a printed prompt, take 20 seconds to prepare a response, read the questions which follow, then speak (or submit) their response for at least 30 seconds.

- Listen, then Speak section -
Listen to the spoken prompt and speak out a response.

- Read Aloud section -
A phrase will appear on the screen (record yourself if possible). This question evaluates your ability to communicate.

- Speaking Sample section -
(for the ungraded part of the Duolingo English Test).

Instructions will display for 30 seconds before the recording starts. Read, evaluate, and choose one of the two options provided. Give a detailed presentation for 1 to 3 minutes on one of the subjects.

What is the Production Scoring and Subscoring Criteria for the DET?

The Adaptive Test is the only graded part of the Duolingo English Test. The various question types will be scored differently based on your answers.

The DET will automatically compare candidate responses to the correct answers and evaluate the differences and similarities.

Candidates are not penalized for incorrect or incomplete responses. Half accurate answers may receive partial credit, so candidates should answer every question.

The integrated grading system will evaluate open response questions, including Speak About the Photo, Read and Speak, and Listen and Speak sections. The algorithm will understand and assess your English proficiency just like an expert examiner would.

The Duolingo English Test will evaluate your grammatical accuracy, complexity, vocabulary level, lexical diversity, and ability to communicate effectively in English.
Total Exam TimeVariable

How is the test scored?The test is adaptive, so it switches between sections and questions in a mixed way. Reading, Writing and Speaking are individually identified, with Listening being assessed from elements of questions in the other three parts.

Total DET Scoring

All four sections of the DET are weighted evenly. You will receive an overall score ranging from A to E.

This table provides an overview of the DET banding score.
120 - 160Can understand a variety of demanding written and spoken language including some specialized language use situations.
Can grasp implicit, figurative, pragmatic, and idiomatic language.
Can use language flexibly and effectively for most social, academic, and professional purposes.
90 - 115Can fulfill most communication goals, even on unfamiliar topics.
Can understand the main ideas of both concrete and abstract writing.
Can interact with proficient speakers fairly easily.
60 - 85Can understand the main points of concrete speech or writing on routine matters such as work and school.
Can describe experiences, ambitions, opinions, and plans, although with some awkwardness or hesitation.
10 - 55Can understand very basic English words and phrases.
Can understand straightforward information and express themselves in familiar words.
A1 - A2

What is a good score?A good score is whatever the educational organization you have applied to is asking you to achieve, or the employer asks for. It doesn’t matter what other people score, it’s all about you against the test. For most test takers a good score is 120, equivalent to an IELTS 7.

The DET is designed to provide an objective test of your ability across analysis of complex English skills, to meet the level of English required on your academic course or work environment.
Excellent Scores120 - 160
Get more than 120 and you are at approximately the same level as a native English speaker. With a score in this range, any institution or organization asking you to provide a DET score will be satisfied.
Good Scores90 - 115
Most of our students are aiming for a score of 90 or more. It is a solid result demonstrating good all round ability, and accepted by good academic or employment organizations.
Basic Acceptable Scores60 - 85
A score around 60 is unlikely to be good enough, but a score around 85 might be. It will depend on other factors in your application, and the goodwill and quality of the academic or employment organization.
Low Scores10 - 55
No reputable academic or employment organization would risk employing someone with language skills in this range. However, it is a foundation to build on, and achieving a higher score is possible once we fix your problems.

What are the alternatives?If an academic institution or employer wants you to pass an English exam, there are internationally accepted alternatives in IELTS (the same general English sections), and possibly PTEA (a similar adaptive test). You may also be asked to take a test specific to that institution or organization.

We are happy to help you understand and choose the best exam and course for you.

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