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Level 7 with 21% German fluency

In some discussion, I noticed that many people with higher level than me have lower percentage of fluency. How is that possible? Am I over scored? Is it some kind of bug? I think 21% is too high since I feel like I only know 2% of German. Please help

July 27, 2017



The fluency indication is not accurate. There have been several discussions; for example this one: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/23696041

Many people, me included, just ignore this indication and move on. :-)


now it all makes sense, danke! :)


Gern geschehen. :-)


That is why I only use the decrease of fluency % as a warning. When the % is decreasing, I do too few lessons or strengthen in the web version of Duolingo.

  • Duolingo's fluency % is a nonsense number.
    It says nothing about your fluency in the real world.
    But when I use Duolingo's web version (www.duolingo.com), I see Duolingo's Fluency % much faster increasing than in the App. That is because you learn much more from typing the answers than from choosing predefined words.

  • Duolingo will only bring you to an A2/B1 skill level in reading/writing and A1 (maybe A2) in listening/talking.
    Info about language levels: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages
    Read from "Common reference levels".

However, I think Duolingo's courses are excellent.
Just enjoy the courses and don't worry about Duolingo's fluency %.


Thank you! This is really good information to have! I am relearning German from high school and half a year in Austria, and it is coming back very quickly (66% at level 14.) But even though it started slowly and then increased rapidly (I agree with using computer vs app!) I haven't moved beyond 66% since about level 10 or so.

I took several different tests online today and all but one agreed I am B1 (the other test said A2.)

I already knew the Duolingo was not going to bring me to the fluency level I am looking for. And I did look it up when I started to see that they estimate you can get to a fluency of 50-60% using just the app. I just had no idea what that meant for me, personally, since I had prior German knowledge (even though it was close to 20 years ago!) and was already above the 60%.

So, I'll keep using Duolingo to improve my vocabulary, but stop looking for the fluency to increase. And I will start looking for other German resources sooner rather than waiting to finish Duolingo as I had planned!


Hallo, liebe Banana! :)

Can you tell me where did you took the online tests? I want to take the exam for the official Deutsche Zertifikat and I would like to know where I stand. For the moment I work with some models of tests that I found on Klett-sprachen.de .

I am not entirely confident, i have some difficulties with the sprachen part. I understand a lot, but when it comes to speak its like I am blocked or something.

Thanks a lot! Danke schon!


I took probably 6 or 7 different free tests from sites that I found just using the search term "German proficiency test free" on Google. I didn't save all the links, but they shouldn't be difficult to find that way.

Most of these free tests are from language schools that give you an in-person test when you register and therefore are only able to give you an estimate of what level you are at. So I know they are not 100% accurate. However, for my purposes, I was just trying to get a general idea of my level. This is also the reason I took so many (thinking that if I was consistently getting the same level from completely different tests, it was more likely to be correct.) Plus, it was kind of fun...I'm strange that way, what can I say :)

I don't know if that will help you, though, since you are looking to improve and evaluate how well you speak and none had a way to do that. Most of the tests were multiple choice, some had reading comprehension and fill-in-the-blanks, and some had video or audio that they then ask questions about to see if you.

I know that one site that has the audio is www.goethe.de but they don't actually give you a level that you are at after you complete the test. They say they will test you in person and show you some classes that appear to be recommendations based on your results (however it doesn't actually say that.) Mine were B1 and B2, though, so it was consistent with the other tests I took that gave an actual score.

One test that is just multiple choice with no audio or reading comprehension, but I like because it lets you pick which level you are testing A1, A2, B1, or B2. Each test has 12-20 questions and their recommendation is that if you get 80% or more correct you try the next one. Plus, at the end they show you what you answered incorrectly, and what the answer should have been. This was the only one I found that did so (like the answers are top-secret or something!) http://www.prolog-berlin.com/en/german-language-course-online-test.htm

I don't know how to make those links...so that is the best I could do! Just use Google to find some more. I hope that helps you or other who read this.


Hallo Bananen,

Ich will Deutsch prufen lernen Deutsch. Bitte, vorschlagen die Link . :-)


it is true, as you cease the daily practice, your bars for each section become emptied in process of time, sort of deleting everything you did on duolingo from the memory.

I find it annoying because after months, when I come back, I would like to review only my weak points and move on. But our duolingo accounts also have a sort of memory, and they forget things for each day you neglect, so even your completed bars become emptied.

So the fluency thing is not represented correctly on duolingo, on the other hand, dealing with too many exercises on duolingo will show you as a very fluent speaker which is definitely wrong as you can not be competent solely by duolingo's exercises

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