When the Pandemic disrupted the Toefl and Ielts test processes, Duolingo English Test emerged as the new alternative in the English efficiency test market. The test is gaining wide popularity in various countries, with acceptance by over 3000 Institutions.
It was structured and invented to incorporate affordability, availability, and convenience – qualities that might lack in Toefl and IELTS exams. Although both these competitors are launching their Home edition versions, Duolingo’s $49 test seems to be getting preference from students all over the globe.
How Strong Is Duolingo’s Game?
DET completely eliminates Test centres : students can give this test from the convenience of their homes. It also utilizes Artificial intelligence to evaluate the scores. Like Toefl and IELTS, DET tests you on four factors- Reading, listening, writing, and speaking. The test is adaptive, meaning the difficulty of questions changes according to the test-taker and his abilities. It only costs $49 in comparison to $180 for the traditional English proficiency exams. The thing that especially gives an edge to DET is its time duration of one hour with a score range of 10-160. On the other hand, Toefl and IELTS last for approximately 3-4 hours.
What Is the Catch?
DET has one version as compared to two or three versions of its competitors. It can also be a little hassle to prep for this test as DET is novel and only launched in 2014. The test also involves slightly peculiar testing questions like describing a picture that you have never seen.
While it is convenient to give the test at your home, that does not mean you are off the hook. DET utilizes proctors or reviewers who moderate your entire test and also take care of security checks. Nobody is allowed to be in the room while you are taking the test, and the proctors keep a keen eye on you and any background noise from your end.
On the one hand, DET is still testing the limits of its potential, but it also shows excellent-signs of acceptance and growth in Universities. The test is already acceptable in universities like Yale and Duke, which adds a feather to its cap. Undoubtedly, it looks like DET is all set to make the already established Toefl and IELTS break a sweat for survival.