While countries such as Ireland accept the Duolingo English test for English language requirements for study visas, a spokesperson for Duolingo told news.com.au that the company is focusing on expanding the acceptance of its test for international student visas and has left the door open to the possibility of the test being applied to other visa subclasses, such as skilled migrant visas.
The Department of Home Affairs in Australia presently does not recognize Duolingo English exam scores from prospective overseas students. Accepted English tests, on the other hand, include the IELTS and TOEFL. Duolingo has a lot to offer. The well-known language-learning app has 40 million monthly active users.
The Duolingo English test consists of a series of speaking, reading, writing, and listening tasks; for 49 US dollars, the test is far less expensive than the TOEFL or IELTS, which both cost more than US$100. It can be taken online, at any time, and there is no need for an appointment. Duolingo claims that its test is accepted by over 3,000 universities.
Students are permitted to send their score reports to as many universities as they want. According to policy guidelines from the Department of Home Affairs, the Department is generally confident about a prospective overseas student’s English proficiency provided their education provider confirms their enrolling and they are regarded to be low-risk, according to the portal. This means that prospective overseas students in Australia who meet the required marks on the Duolingo test can be granted a student visa if their respective universities accept the test for admission, even if it is not recognized by the Department of Home Affairs.
Due to the pandemic, several Australian colleges accept the Duolingo English test for specific programs or create concessions for its use. Griffith University, Australian National University, and Edith Cowan University are among them. According to Macquarie University’s website, due to disruptions in traditional IELTS and TOEFL testing in mainland China, the university will accept the Duolingo English test as an alternative means of completing Academic English requirements.
Immigration officers apparently discovered that students found it simpler to complete university criteria on Duolingo’s test than on the IELTS or TOEFL, but Duolingo claims its test results are consistently connected with those of competitors.
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