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The language certification industry commands some surprisingly insane fees so how about fair language certification for all?

Your prayers have been heard: the free learning platform Duolingo on Friday released an iOS app which allows anyone to certify their English proficiency right on their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.

Not only can Duolingo Test Center certify your language skills right on an iOS device, but does so at a significant lower price, too.

And because there’s no need to travel long distances to examination facilities available only in select major cities, you can get certified in the comfort of your home, in under half an hour.

With unique test generation and remote proctoring, Duolingo Test Center is not a gimmick: the software uses a human proctor who verifies your identity and participation by monitoring your device’s camera and microphone.

Speaking of identity, the app asks you to pick a form of identification to photograph (driver’s license, passport or National/State ID card) and then photograph yourself using the iPhone’s camera for the final certificate.

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A $20 certification fee is imposed per each human-verified test. That’s a significantly lower price than similar tests, regularly priced at $250. “Even buying a new smartphone and taking the Duolingo test will provide a more financially viable option for most,” the firm argues.

Plus, Dueling is currently offering tests free of charge for a limited time. There’s no catch here: Duolingo scores correspond to scores on other English proficiency exams such as the TOEFL and the IELTS.

Check out the promotional video.


“Every year, over 30 million job seekers and students around the world are forced to take a test to prove that they know English or other languages in order to apply for a job or school,” the firm noted. “Offline tests can require paying an entire month’s salary, traveling to a distant examination facility, and then waiting weeks in limbo for the results.”

The 12-megabyte download supports any iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 7 or later.

Download Duolingo Test Center free in the App Store.


  • Cameron Nelms

    This is awesome.
    They should do this for other tests, like Adobe certifications and such

  • Diego

    How did work the certification payment?
    I have to pay before start the certification? And if I pay the 20$, I can only do the test once? Or can I do many times until I get it?

    • ‘Ariff

      Until you get the level of proficiency you want? I’m pretty sure it’s 20 per test.

  • Rupinder

    Might be a dumb question, but what’s the benefit of certifying my English proficiency? Should I do this even though I am born and raised in the US?

    • Cameron Nelms

      This is for people who are learning English, like immigrants and such

  • Nitsud

    Can we do other languages?

  • iKhalil

    Excelente!!! Excellent

  • ‘Ariff

    If this is recognised by Universities, I’m set. Otherwise it’s just another fad