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Compared with IELTS

The Duolingo English Test and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) are both internationally recognized assessments of English language proficiency, but they differ in terms of examination format, content, duration, cost, and recognition:

1. Examination Format:

   - Duolingo: Completely online, candidates can take the test from home using a computer and webcam, allowing for testing anytime and anywhere.

   - IELTS: Traditionally a paper-based exam, with a computer-delivered option available, where candidates must go to a designated test center.

2. Examination Content:

   - Duolingo: Includes various speaking, reading, writing, and listening exercises with diverse question types such as describing pictures, reading aloud, and cloze paragraphs.

   - IELTS: Divided into Academic (A) and General Training (G) modules, covering listening, reading, writing, and speaking, focusing on the practical use of English.

3. Examination Duration:

   - Duolingo: The test lasts about 1 hour, and the results are available within 48 hours after completion.

   - IELTS: The test duration is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes, excluding the speaking section, which is usually scheduled separately.

4. Examination Fee:

   - Duolingo: The registration fee is $59, and payment can be made through Alipay.

   - IELTS: The examination fee varies by region and type (Academic or General Training). For example, in China, the fee for the Academic IELTS is 2170 RMB.

5. Recognition:

   - Duolingo: Accepted by numerous institutions worldwide, especially recognized during the pandemic.

   - IELTS: Recognized by over 10,000 organizations globally, widely accepted for study, immigration, and professional development.

6. Purpose of the Score:

   - Duolingo: The score serves as an international proof of English language proficiency for applications for study, examinations, and career advancement.

   - IELTS: Widely used for study, immigration, and employment, it is a language proficiency proof for many countries and skilled immigration visas.

7. Validity of Scores:

   - Duolingo: The score is valid for 2 years.

   - IELTS: The score is also typically valid for 2 years.

8. Special Services:

   - Duolingo: Offers dual supervision by artificial intelligence and human proctors, as well as free sample tests.

   - IELTS: Provides special IELTS papers or arrangements for candidates with disabilities.


Candidates should choose the test based on their needs, the requirements of their target institutions, and personal preferences.

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