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Online tests of fluency (and specifically Lengalia)??

For those who have advanced past the Duo trees and sought out other online resources, what has been your experience with placement tests? Has anyone tried Lengalia?

Today I took the placement test just out of curiosity on that site, which is for Spanish instruction (passed along by Duo user Lorel as recommended by a friend). All multiple choice and it involved reading and listening, but no speaking or writing on your own. 20 A level questions, 20 B level questions, and 20 C level questions. I was shocked when it claimed I was already C1 and it recommended taking C2 courses based on my test result.

I've had minimal actual instruction and I feel my listening comprehension is terrible. Thus, I am highly skeptical. Anyone else found that online tests greatly over-estimate fluency?

Thanks in advance for any insights ...

April 20, 2017



I got the same level as you and I am fluent, native level. Maybe you read well.


Quizas ... trato de leer uno o dos articulos por dia desde El Mundo or El Pais (o otro periodico de Espana). Siempre hay uno o dos frases no entiendo sin ayuda (gracias Google Translate). Tampoco no se a cual nivel los periodicos de Espana estan escritos.

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I have no experience with Lengalia (since I learn mostly German) but I took various online placement tests in German and they placed me mostly B2 level but two of them placed me C1 level. I learn not only on Duolingo and I believe by now I might be able to pass actual B2 certificate testing. But I am for sure not on C1 level yet.. So it can happen that a test will place you at C1 even though you are not there yet. Actual C1 level means you really are almost fluent and your speaking abilities are advanced. This is what online test cannot meassure.

In any way though this means you have to have a solid vocabulary, grammar and understanding level. Maybe try other placement tests to be able to compare.


Online tests only test you about reading comprehension (usually multiple choice questions) and some of them listening too.

That is completely different than speaking with people. I've done several online tests and most of them claim that I am C1 in French, C1 in Italian, C1 in Portuguese and B1 in German (for example).

I have read several books comfortably in French, Italian and Portuguese and only one book so far (Cafe in Berlin) in German. I understand spoken Italian and Portuguese fairly well, and spoken French not that well yet (I don't understand spoken German, unless they say very simple things and they say it slowly).

I am not fluent at all in any of these languages!

So in my opinion online tests are a good motivational tool (you see you are improving your scores month after month) just like Duolingo Progress Quiz (I usually get 5.00/5.00 in French, Italian and Portuguese, and around 3.50/5.00 in German), but they clearly overestimate our language abilities (in my opinion).

The only real test is to talk with varied people about varied topics under normal conditions (noises, interferences,....)

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