[LC MALANG] Duolingo as an Alternative to IELTS and TOEFL

IELTS and TOEFL have long been the most popular English proficiency test in the world. The tests are available in paper-based and computer-based tests. To take the test, the test takers are required to travel to the test centre. During the pandemic, it becomes pretty challenging for some people, and therefore Duolingo starts to gain popularity. 

 Duolingo is another English proficiency test that is accepted by many world-class institutions, such as Columbia University, Yale, Duke University, John Hopkins, etc. This test is deemed to be more convenient as the test can be done online anywhere, anytime without requiring the test takers to travel to the test centre. In addition, the result can be obtained within 48 hours of completing the test, and it could be shared with anyone immediately. So, if you need to send your score reports to other institutions, you can do it easily without additional cost. On top of that, Duolingo is also more affordable compared to other English proficiency certifications. At the moment, it costs around $49.   

 To access Duolingo, however, the test takers need to have a reliable internet connection. Besides, it is very important to use a computer with Windows or Mac OS, a front-facing camera, a microphone, and speakers. So, if you are not sure about your device and the stability of your internet connection, Duolingo might not be a good option for you. If you are interested in Duolingo you can visit englishtest.duolingo.com.  

Candrika C. Sari, S.Pd., M.App.Ling.