https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

Introducing Duolingo Language Certificates (Beta)

UPDATE: You can now take language tests on your (Android) phone, see my recent announcement: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/2984868

Today we're happy to introduce what thousands of people have been asking us for: online and printable diplomas that certify how much you've learned through Duolingo.

Here's how it all works:

  • To get a certificate, you first need to complete a test that measures how well you know the material we teach.

  • You can take the test at any point, but in order to get it you'll need to go to the virtual store and use 25 lingots to "purchase" it. We put the tests in the store to make sure people take them seriously and to also prevent them from taking the test over and over until they get a high score. ;)

  • As soon as you finish the test, you get a certificate page.

  • Each certificate is associated to a particular test score, so if you take the test multiple times, you get multiple certificates.

  • The certificate clearly states that we have not verified that it was you who actually took the test (instead of your native-speaker friend!). In the future, we plan to add ways to verify your identity, so the certificates can carry more weight.

  • For now, the tests are only available on the Web, but they'll be coming to the mobile apps soon.

As always, we're very interested in knowing what you think!

September 17, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/hazza_h

Are there other changes? I've noticed new sounds and types of exercise.

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

Shhh :) We're always testing things.

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/makemusic

Oooooh!!!! :)

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta

Could you tell us what kind of exercises? Pictures would work too :D

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Bellatrix86

Here is a screenshot of one of my French exercises: http://s14.directupload.net/images/130918/bxc9qq2y.jpg

Sadly I also had some crashes with it (that I already reported), so it probably needs still more testing.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/michisjourdi

Wow, that seems like a great exercise!

October 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/adrianodc

I had this kind of exercise ate the English course once...

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/buffalump21

I've seen this on my phone but not on my PC yet. Unfortunately I am usually on the train when I use do DL on my phone so I always have to disable the microphone feature. :-) ... Has it not been rolled out to everyone on PCs yet?

September 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/annag

I have yet to see that type of exercise, but then, I'm not as far along as you appear to be.

February 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/hazza_h

The only exercise I've noticed is English text -> spoken German.

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/bajaca

Same for Spanish - big improvement - Gracias!

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/briarose333

yes I agree--much more useful (to me) than just repeating spanish audio in spanish. Especially because it means I have to see if I can translate without the visual aid of writing it down

September 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Bellatrix86

Wohoo, I had one in French!!! I love it! It's definitely harder then the other types of questions (that's a good thing). Amazing that you did this so quickly after the recent suggestions. Thank you!

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Bellatrix86

I need to say it again (sorry). I like them soooooo much!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

September 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

Do you intend to "pretest" the tests with natives? In my opinion, it would be extremely useful, if only to avoid later reports on "errors".

September 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/lolaphilologist

Great idea!

September 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/annag

whoa: you know your (European-origin) languages! I'm impressed.

February 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/IAmJon

What does the test consist of? everything in the skill tree? I have enough lingots to try the test. But i think i might wait until i have completed the skill tree. Maybe it should only be unlocked when you have completed the skill tree. If it only consists of what i know now, it is a bit of a pointless certificate.

That being said i really like this idea!

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator

From my understanding, It is kind of an exam. You don't need to possess all knowledge of a particular subject or do all modules to pass an exam. Most people go through life without ever understanding everything they learnt in any particular course.

Anyway, this will be excellent to test the knowledge of a language. I think one possibility, if it doesn't happen already, is to inform users that they can do this test after they complete a tree.

Another idea, assuming it doesn't already apply, is preventing people from copy pasting into the text field and thus preventing googling the answer.

Heck even better, developing a listener object that exits the test once a user attempts to move the mouse out of the test environment or the test window loses focus for any reason.

Or disable all keys except characters, to avoid alt + tab, ctrl+ alt +del, and so on...

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jacobras

Smart thinking, but not possible ;-)

Heck even better, developing a listener object that exits the test once a user attempts to move the mouse out of the test environment or the test window loses focus for any reason." - There are too many valid things that can pop up. Windows update for instance.

"Or disable all keys except characters, to avoid alt + tab, ctrl+ alt +del, and so on..." - Simply technically impossible from within a browser environment ;-)

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya

Yep. And if it were possible, it'd be quite an offensive thing to do...

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator

Not really impossible, the same way the browser detects any key pressed. It can theoretically detect special keys too. I don't understand what you mean by offensive, an offensive thing would be to cheat in an exam, and in my opinion most if not all schools have cheaters.

I was probably sleepy when I thought of these. There are million and one ways to cheat in an online test.

But the true purpose of a security measure is not to prevent something from happening, it is rather to delay it or discourage it. Given enough time, a determined individual can bypass any existing system, as evidenced by the recent news on government hacking.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/hazza_h

This proposed security measure would be pointless. People who will want to cheat will still cheat. Those who won't will just be inconvenienced.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/manguy123

You sir are quite the language expert judging by your levels. Way to go!

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/kayaderosseras

If somebody wanted to cheat by looking stuff up on Google, they could just use a 2nd computer to bypass all these key restrictions.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/kassandra8286

Or their phone!

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/canary5

What would be the point of cheating? It defeats the purpose of learning and knowing the language.

October 7, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Thoughtdiva

I read in a recent article that Duo is intending to make official tests for English language students next year, by getting them to film themselves with their own phone camera. That could be extended to other certificates...

http://www.forbes.com/sites/parmyolson/2013/11/13/language-app-duolingo-to-translate-more-sites-after-buzzfeed-and-cnn/

November 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Dessamator

Thanks for the headsup, I read that too. They will just need to get a international certification group to certify the test and method. Perhaps apply for a patent too.

November 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jackit

I've done two, one where I'd finished the tree and another where I was nowhere near finished and the latter was shorter, but definitely contained questions I on material I hadn't learned. I wonder if the question get harder as you go through, because the better you are, the more questions you'd complete in the time allocated.

October 16, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/annag

Is the time limited, or is it by number of questions?

February 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jackit

I think both. It's limited to 20 minutes, but there is a fixed number of questions and I finished well within the 20 minutes. So, it's either finish all questions or reach 20 minutes whichever comes first. When I did it there was no way to tell how many questions you'd done or still had to do though, so I just did it as quickly as I could.

February 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/dulcinella

You have to take care that you're innthe right language when taking the test! I really was so enthousiastic about it, that I completely forgot that I was in the German tree. Good thing I know enough German to try it anyway en I passed (with very low grades, but I passed:-)). If more people have this happening, maybe it would be best to repeat explicitely before taking the test which language you are doing?

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Thoughtdiva

Me too. I was kicking myself, as I scored unsurprisingly badly in French, and was hoping to learn more before I took the test. Then my wi-fi dropped out on what MUST have been the last question on the Italian test (holidaying in Malaysia) so I wasted 25 more lingots. Also I was so engrossed with the tests I forgot to order my lunch and waited an hour thinking I had already ordered it. I think the tests are wonderful, but it would be extremely useful to name the language of the test before you take it :)

September 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Thoughtdiva

By the way, I'm not sure it is possible to fail ;) I got the "congratulations, you successfully completed..." message for my French score of 1.29 -I think you always get the certificate if you follow the test through to the end. Also, my French test seemed easier than the Italian one (even though I did much better on Italian, of course). I don't think the French one had imperfect, subjunctive or even future tenses. I suspect the test is adjusted to your ability level as you go.

September 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/dulcinella

I don't know for sure, but I took the German test, the French and the Italian. I know my french is way better than my Italian , but I also noticed that the french test was a lot easier, esp. in the verb section. The test in German was in between those two.

September 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Thoughtdiva

Ok, interesting. I guess they will have to adjust the difficulty levels.

September 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jhladky

Woohoo! 5.00/5.0 on my Spanish certificate. I really thought I got at least one wrong. There were a couple of words that I did not know on two different questions, and I just guessed. Must have guessed right. :-)

I love the certificate! But being so short a test, it is very dependent on chance. And I saw one of the questions at least twice. Once as a "Translate to English" and again as "Listen and type". Since it was an easy phrase for me, it gave me a bit of an unfair advantage.

Some ideas for future Certificates: Have the option of allowing a community Moderator to proctor the test. Allow an uploaded personal picture on the cert. Allow the cert. to be tied to a social media account if desired. Make the test a little longer 40-50 questions.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Ruthlilycat

Luis, this sounds awesome!!!!!! <3

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/nathansk8s

I am excited to finish my tree and take the test :)

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/oskalingo

You don't have to wait to finish your tree before taking the test. As Luis says above, you can take the test multiple times.

Duolingo keeps track of your test scores on particular dates and shows them on your home page, so by taking the test a number of times you can measure your progress over time.

Of course, it will cost you lingots every time you take one :)

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/nathansk8s

I know but the test is over the entire Language course skills. I have only 35 of my 72 german skills finished. Thats only 48 percent of the course so If the course test is over everything the best I could make is a 48 percent unless I guess a lot of answers correct which I don't want to do.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/oskalingo

Yeah, I looked at your level before making my comment. You're actually a bit further into your tree than I am and I've already taken the test and scored above 3.0 (I won't say my exact score). The test is quite easy.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta

When I took it, it seemed a bit harder than the average lesson. Maybe I was just unlucky?

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/laur3n

I only got 2.6. I'm not sure whether it's because I didn't include accents and things or whether I need to revise more. Is there (or is there going to be) a way for us to see our answers? I feel like I feel when I get exam results in real life and I lose a few marks and I get annoyed because I don't know what I got wrong and what I need to improve xD. I never realised before how much I rely on peeking! :D

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Kai_E.

Excellent! I'm so ready. I'll take it for German tonight. If you want to know how it was, just ask me!

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Preusser

How was it?

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Kai_E.

4.86/5.00. I think the content of the test is appropriate to what Duolingo teaches. I didn't count the questions. There must have been around 20 though, and it took me quite a bit less than 20 minutes. After submitting an answer, there is no indication of whether you're right or wrong, just confirmation that your answer has been submitted. Overall pretty nice!

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta

0.02 points over my score! Darn it! It was quite a bit less than twenty minutes for me as well. The border turns yellow instead of green or red and makes a new sound. For me it seemed harder than most lessons, but maybe I just got unlucky.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Ruthlilycat

Do you feel that you could go to Germany/Austria/Switzerland & speak in German now after doing the entire tree and the lessons? I would like to be able to speak with people in those countries...

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Kai_E.

Actually I've been to all of those countries, but only spoken German in Germany and Austria before finishing my tree. But that was after studying German at school. I still think that after finishing the tree, you could speak with the people in those countries (maybe not at the most advanced level) and I highly encourage it.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/manguy123

You do not have to be an expert. Those people speak very good english. They aprreciate it if your speak in their tongue thought.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/aicaramba

I finished the Spanish test with 4.41. Not very high, but it will do.

I have some questions/remarks regarding the implementation of the certificate.

Could a print function be added to the certificate? I know I can print it by using the print function of the browser I'm in, or by making a screenshot and printing that. But I think it would be more convenient with a print button/function of the certificate. This way the scaling/colors can be done better.

Maybe a PDF file of the certificate is 'useful' for some people? I know the certificate holds no weight, but some people might find it 'useful' or 'fun'.

Can we have some kind of knowledge about how the grade is calculated? Or is it simply a percentage based score? Also, as others have suggested, an overview of the correct/faulty answers. Although I understand it makes it a bit tricky, because people can print it out and have it with them the next time they take the exam.

October 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

Congrats for your new certificate!

About "people can print it out and have it with them the next time they take the exam":

We are not pupils here, we are volunteer learners who want to learn. Nobody dragged us here to work against our will. Therefore, cheating on Duo is the most absurd thing anybody would do.

Though, you know as well as I do that some would die for an extra heart, others expect medals, prizes or crowns, some make points by translating English to English or adding a comma here or there, others want to always best their fellow learners in real time and make it known to the whole world. Nobody's perfect.

I suspect, like you, that some will cheat when taking the test, for the sake of adding another proof of their claimed talent.

Let's face it. Their real test will come with real immersion with real people.

October 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Paul.Morris

"because people can print it out and have it with them the next time they take the exam."

I rather assumed that the question selection would be randomised so unless there is a very small question pool or the participant makes a lot of attempts I can't see that it would help much. As to the general idea, in educational jargon the test is supposed to be a normative assessment so is not intended to inform learning but to measure progress (unlike the rest of the site where assessment is formative in nature, ie intended to guide learning).

November 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Littlestrike

Luis, thank you very much for the idea of certification! I would like to offer some ideas for Duolingo certificates to have more weight. In case your team and you are exploring ways to ascertain the authenticity of the user taking the test, perhaps coursera (https://www.coursera.org) is worth exploring. The last time I read about the certification process, it involves taking the user's typing biometric (everyone types differently for different types of words and sentences). Other ways involve the user showing a video-in-progress of them taking the test (with the video showing the test and them typing throughout the test).

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ziggKogg

Maybe it's just IE, but the certificate looks blank with nothing on it.

Is there any recogonition as far as the site is concerned if you get a certificate? Some sort of indication icon perhaps?

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

Can you tell us which certificate you're going to?

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/manguy123

The German certificate shows up blank

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

Can you say exactly what you did?

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/manguy123

I clicked to see the sample and it was completely blank

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ziggKogg

I just checked the sample certificate for Italian. By blank I mean, not appealing to the eyes; just a big yellow duolingo sticker and some text.

Also can we see the results of our exam?

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

Can you post a screenshot of what you're seeing? And yes, you can see the results of your exam, in the certificate itself.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ziggKogg

I'm referring to your answers vs correct solution at the end of the test; something like a exam summary.

I'll take the screenshot while I'm doing some lessons at work tomorrow because I don't have IE at home.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/tatou

Oh, I see. We're working to provide more detailed feedback in future versions of certificates. This "Beta" version just reports your overall score on a 5-point scale.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/matson

I didn't know that anyone used IE anymore, outside of intranets. :p Where I work, we don't even test our website and web-apps on IE.

September 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mcl020

I just got my first certificate and I must say: I like it a lot. THANK YOU ALL at DuoLingo and especially Luis (as you signed the Spanish one) ;-)))

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/maddieleonard

Why isn't this feature available in my lingot store anymore?

May 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/punishment

Sounds great, hopefully this certificate will carry more weight in the future.

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/obscuregal

A nice way to mark our progress.

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/makemusic

This is fantastic! Love it. I can't wait to be an owner of one of those diplomas!

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/dnovinc

Another great thing from duolingo team ! :)

For now 25 lingots seems ok, but I hope it will cost more when it is out of beta.

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/annag

25 lingots seems like quite a bit, to me. But then, I'm not nearly as far along as you.

February 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/magicfiresnake

Thank you Luis and all of your team for all your efforts. Manipulation is beneficial for both the manipulator and the person being manipulated. But you rise this to massive, artistic level, and best of all: for good causes.

We are glad to enjoy those benefits, either real (like learning a language), fictitious (lingots and coins) or in-between (the certificate).

Keep up the good word!

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta

When I try to print it (on Mac with Google Chrome) it looks a lot uglier.

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Kai_E.

My thoughts: A good concept, but in order for the test to more accurately represent users' skills, the base of accepted translations still needs to be expanded a bit. That's probably the only flaw I can think of.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta

I also think it should have more questions. Too short!

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Skye07

4.37/5 for Spanish, not too bad ^^ maybe add those scores on our profiles for showing off ;)

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta

Many, if not most people, would like to keep that private, but maybe there could be an option?

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Mike_F.

Will I be able to type in my name, when receiving the test? (or is the certificate linked to the duo-account). Being somewhat careful on the internet, my username has nothing to do with my real one..

I'm not suggesting that you guys from duo are misusing the personal info. You just never know who's watching cough NSA cough*

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Bellatrix86

Yes, you are. When you start a window pops up where you're asked to type in your name. You can also preview the certificate at this time.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Mike_F.

Brilliant. Then all is good.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/gnvalu

I've just completed my certificate test and I think it is a really good idea to bring this kind of thing to Duolingo. Good job! But I was disappointed when I found out that there were no details on how I've passed the test. I mean I'd like to know which answers were correct and which were not, what mistakes I've done etc. Thank you once again for doing a great job!

September 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/pada.online

Can I make my certificates visible on my profile to other duolingo users?

September 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/tatou

Only you can see your certificate list at this point (on your skill tree page). We might add the option to display them publicly in the future. However, you can still share your certificates with others by sending them a direct link.

September 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/EdithOSB

I just took the test and previewed my certificate but did not save it. Now I can't find it anywhere -- not on my Skill Tree or my Profile. Can you help me find it?

May 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/tatou

There is a "Your Certificates" link in the drop-down menu just under your username (in the top menu bar).

May 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/EdithOSB

Thanks!

May 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Wytze.Walstra

It looks likes the test is gone. I can't find it anymore in the store...

May 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Mitmenschin

Yea it's weird. I stopped practicing some time ago because my phone didn't work and wanted to go back to practicing now and added some new friends. But the certificate seems to be gone :'( I was so looking forward to getting one some time.

May 21, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/steverallen

This is an excellent idea. Thanks for this.

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/dtmootz

Sounds like a good idea!

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/AngeliYasmin

Wow that's great, i will keep practicing to take the test in german :)

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profelevi

This site just keeps getting cooler all the time! ;-)

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan

I think it would be even cooler if we had the option of displaying our certificates on our profile page. Why not?

February 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/tatou

It's in the works...

February 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/MishaLarionov

And apparently it is still in the works 2 years later.

February 23, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Jadey7

Yes, that'd be awesome - I'm glad its in the works. I'd also really like for the identity to be verified, although I see that is in the works too.

February 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Samsta

Scored a 4.84/5.00 on Spanish! This is awesome! Don't think it was 20 minutes though. I'm guessing a 4.84 is equal to 96.8%? (5 x 20 = 100, 4.84 x 20 = 96.8)

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jwillson

Awesome!

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Amphere

Seems like every time I come here there's an improvement. Keep up the great work!

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Lebdref1

This is really cool. Being European, I'd love to know how I score compared to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_European_Framework_of_Reference_for_Languages). For example, if you rock 40% of your tree then you'd probably pass an A1 test, 70% for A2, 100% for B1 or so. This way DuoLingo becomes a great tester but leaves the inevitable toughness of validating to 'real-life' testing institutes.

There may be some other frameworks but as far as I know this one is one of the most used in the old continent.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/tatou

Thanks for the suggestion! We are well aware of the CEFR and are already planning to calibrate to this and other common frameworks in the future. :)

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Littlestrike

This is too awesome to be true! If Duolingo's test meets the standards of CEFR, then the certificate (ofcourse, we might be looking at several different certificates to ascertain different levels of proficiency by then) is a valuable one indeed!

September 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/saminman

I have already taken the DLPT ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DLPT ) for Spanish and Portuguese. If you want any feedback on how your test corresponds to the ILR scale ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ILR_scale ) which the DLPT uses, I will be glad to help after I take your tests.

September 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/virtualmario

Hi Tatou, I found this comparison table which can serve as a reference point if you want to compare the CEFR against other methods/courses :) Cheers! http://www.best-learn-german.com/how-does-rossetta-stone-relate-to-common-european-framework-cefr/

June 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya

It will probably hard to come up with a reliable scheme like the one you proposed since the CEFR gives great weight to conversation skills, something that isn't tested by duolingo at all.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Aliena.84

I would love to be able to compare it to other tests, I think the CEFR rating would be handy for that. Even though it can not cover the "real" conversation, you get an idea of the vocab you know and then you should go into the world to put your conversation skills to the test. But if you have no vocab at all you can't talk anyway. So to get an idea of where you stand might give some confidence as well. Would be nice to see it in the certs.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mariain

what is the green sign "M" next to your nickname?

September 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth0

It stands for Moderator (you can see when you hover over it).

September 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mptmpt

I have found a couple of webpages that offer free CERF online tests (in 3 out of 4 skills: reading, writing, listening), and I believe that with Duolingo alone at the end of the tree you are somewhere between B1- and B2+ depending on how well you learned the material. I think that in order to go beyond B2 level you definitely need a good grammar book and a dictionary (or some additional resources) together with duolingo. I think that B2 is in most cases the lowest level accepted by european public sector as a job skill (for hiring, promotion or salary benefits). You could in principle use only duolingo to prepare for the official exams, but I would recommend to use additional resources.

September 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Laetitia_Lalila

Do you by any chance still have the links to the free CERF tests?

September 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mptmpt

I did that a couple of months ago, I need to search my history and bookmarks, but I found it from google so it shouldn't be hard for anyone to find. The two I found were were free online tests from certified organizations that offer the official exams and degrees, one of them was cambridge, the other I do not remember...

September 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/dannice240

Here is a spanish one - http://www.spanish-test.net/

March 20, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/seandodson

Site seems to be down, alas.

April 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Laetitia_Lalila

I see, I'll serch for them then. Thanks a lot for your reply! :)

September 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Laetitia_Lalila

I found some for French, since this is what I'm studying, but I don't know if that's of any help to you. Anyway, for anyone interested, a short evaluation can be found here: http://www.delfdalf.ch/index.php?id=320 And longer, more realistic tests here: http://apprendre.tv5monde.com/fr/apprendre-francais/accueil-tcf

I did, however, obtain the same result with both of the tests.

December 11, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/rauneck

did you manage to find them?

December 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Erick.nan

Can someone explain me if this is useful if I put in the curriculum? Thanks in advance.

September 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Vladislav_S.

Wow, this is amazing, Now I have motivation to complete German skill tree, pass this exam and be proud of myself. Thanks, Duolingo team, what you are doing is truly useful and great.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth0

Nice! I just took the test and got a 4.53. I didn't know there would be stuff I haven't learned yet on there. :D It took less than 20 minutes for me as well, more around 10 minutes.

But while I was taking the test, I was looking forward to seeing exactly what I had gotten wrong and what I had gotten right (and finding out what the new words meant, especially the ones that were part of the spoken questions because I had absolutely no idea what they were saying). But when I finished, all I got was the score and certificate. So I think one way to improve the test a lot would be to have a review page after you've taken the test that has each question, your answer, and the correct answer.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Raftus

Agree. Probably because I got exactly 4.53 too. Our brains think alike.

September 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth0

hehe That's funny! That must be why you agree. :P

September 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorijn

Yes this would be really nice! I was also expecting to see the correct answers afterwards, and learn from the test in that way..

February 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Jason.Meador

Yep, I would like to see my individual answers / correct answers as well! Great idea!

March 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/WonderJul

Is this certificate recognized by ay instition?

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/palomadepanuco

I used my lingots to try for the certificate. I was happy that I did.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/rougepomme

It's awesome. I did one and achieved not very high mark. But I am sure I will try again!

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/oskalingo

Good on you for giving it a go!

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/lolaphilologist

How much time does the average test take to complete? My schedule's pretty tight right now, so I'm trying to decide if I can shoehorn it in over the weekend or if I should wait till the semester's over.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/tatou

It looks like the average time to complete the test is about 10 minutes. For some people, the test is faster, for others it's slower, depending on how well you do.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/oskalingo

Can you tell us how many people have taken a test so far?

September 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/lolaphilologist

thanks!

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/laur3n

I wasn't timing myself, but I was nowhere near 20 minutes. I kind of rushed it and ended up getting a bad score, so I'm unsure of an average.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/lolaphilologist

Good to know. I'm a horrible speller in any language, so I might take my time.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/LavaAndDiamond

That is one impressive streak and level tree.

September 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/navafederico

I think it would be a good idea to add in the grading the reached level in the "European Framework of Reference for Languages" scale (A1-A2-B1-B2-C1-C2), in order to have a better idea of your current language level.

http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/resources/european-language-levels-cefr

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Apea1989

that gonna be an awesome idea coz it makes us be serious ven though we don't joing this great site in order to waste our time, but we are here to improve our languages skills and tallents as well. so this spelndid idea is gonna help us to more interested in learning and praticing more . and thanx so much in advance.

September 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ABvsPredator

Alright, here's my idea, and somebody might have posted it but I don't want to read through all the comments: what if they have to have a webcam on the whole time to verify that it's the same person taking it the whole time. Of course, somebody else could start the test, take the whole thing, and then let the other person take back over, so maybe it could reference the person taking the test with a facebook picture, too. Yeah?

September 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Shisoik

A really interesting feature! I will definitely try it. A couple of suggestions:

  1. Write the text on the certificate in the language it actually certifies.

  2. Write the date in the long format to avoid month-day confusion.

September 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/angiecan

Duolingo rocks!

September 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/kida2323

Awesome!! Love the lingots idea! And the certificates... That would be so cool to have one on my wall! O

September 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/EG01

Fantastic! It's good you can take the test multiple times to see your progress! Maybe there should be individual certificates: One for reading, listening, speaking, not for writing though!!

Or see what you got wrong in test to improve on next time!

September 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/gdlh

I just took my first test. Tried it out in Spanish - in which I'm already proficient - but it's a great motivator for French which I'm working on in earnest. I notice that the certificate is visible to me on my home page next to my tree but not on my profile which is what other people would see. An accomplishment like a good score on a certificate, to me, should be treated as a kind of bling, something to be proud of and to let others see. Could we have an option to make it visible on our profile page?

September 30, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/tatou

This is something we're thinking of enabling on an opt-in basis for the future. In the meantime, you can share your certificates with others by posting a direct link to the web address.

September 30, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan

As long as there is no way to ensure the test is taken without cheating (e.g. referring to notes or books while taking the test, or even having someone take it for you) the certificate can't really have any weight outside of the Duo community.

That said, it would be nice if there would be a cool logo right under or above your language levels on your profile page. It even says "show your skills to the world". But my perfect 5/5 will just show to me, and I even have to scroll down to see it. Duo, I really didn't need to take this test to know my skills are good. I just wasted 25 lingots and a half-hour of my time. Uffa.

Btw, there was one question that was in past perfect and I accidentally answered in present perfect and clicked submit. I realized my mistake and in horror saw there was no way to go back and change the answer. So I was really surprised that I scored 5/5. I guess the test allows a mistake or two? Also, on another question I answered in an "English" way, then put a more literal translation in parenthesis -- apparently that was tolerated as well!

November 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/DaniPhii

I spent 25 lingots three days ago on only one Duolingo English Certificate. It's been the first and latest one and I've reached the maximum score!! :D

I'm so happy, now I'm waiting for a newer Language Certificate in which we'll be able to verify our identity!

Duolingo is getting better and better. I'm proud of having been part of the beginning! :)

December 29, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan

Please post certificates on our profile pages! Or give us the option of deciding if we would like to display them there! Please!

February 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/fuspey

I just started duolingo yesterday, am I right in thinking that yesterday there was the offer to do these tests ( I earned 25 lingots) but today this test is gone? I was going to do a spanish test. Thanks

May 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/JimboJ88

Yes I found the same thing. One day it was there, and now it's gone??

May 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Tallguy007

please please please do Russian classes to somebody who speaks English

June 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan

A team of seven volunteers is working on it. Give them a year or two. In one year they have completed about 33% of the course but hopefully the rest will be easier. (Duolingo predicts the course will be launched mid-April of next year).

July 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/BobMcKay

Hi all, when I go to the 'Duolingo Test Center' I can only see one exam option: "Take the certified English test". I would like to take a Spanish test - is one available?

March 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/f.contig

I would appreciate having the mathematical criteria for grading explained. Thanks

March 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/etsapraz

We want verified certificates!! :D

April 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/faraston3001

Wow ! I got 100% in my test and i feel that I've really improved with my French too. Duo Rocks !!! still wish i could see my name on that certificate though. I hope when i'll be able to, i won't have to pay for it :) Cheapskate out !

May 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Bekir978479

Question: From time to time, after I complete a session I get a notice saying I am 9% fluent in German. This never changes. Is that your limit? It should not be. Be glad if you tell me what this means!!

January 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/NatashaAnd10

It would be really cool if you people provide certificate which certifies it is us onl who is giving the exam because in jobs application it will be very useful

February 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/BonQuiQui2002

wow luis tu connais tes truc !!!!

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ichilingo

Awesome! This brings up an idea. How does the whole college credit thing work? Maybe someday, once you can verify identity, you could try to make it a college credit (can't they be transferable between schools?). But I would imagine it costs money, so maybe once people have translated 1,000 articles AND pay x-amount of lingot or something, to make it free. I have no idea how this works, and doubt it ever could, although it's just an idea.

September 17, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/rodstudio

maybe you can use a webcam to take the test, so you confirm who is the person

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/sakasiru

I just tried to take the test and it crashed my firefox about 6 questions in :( Sent a message to support, hope I get my lingots back.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/natureofreality

Wow! Does anyone have an example of what I could use this for? Or is it more of a trophy?

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/wataya

Probably the latter :)

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Celine1988

This sounds great :D

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/dulcinella

Just wondering: would it be possible to use a few audio fragments or grammar excersizes in the tests? this way the cheating problem would be less and it would be a good thing for non-native english or spanish students! Half of the mistakes I make are against English (esp. word order and such) :-)

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/arodmell

A very good idea. Appreciate the addition of it to the store. Now......gotta earn my Lingots!

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/arodmell

I have had a lot of the "Listen and Repeat" exercises on the mobile app. They are great additions as it is nice to check pronunciations are correct.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/espace13

How does Duolingo plan on verifying the user's identity? Also is the name on the certificate your username or your name that is put on your profile or can you enter your name there and then?

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/laur3n

You enter your name there and then.

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/espace13

Great, thanks!

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Mallowigi

Wow 3.56/5.00... need to refresh

I admit I thought it was odd that I always get the 'Success' sound, I thought it was a bug...

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/sigmacharding

Finalement une autre raison d’être!

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/CaliSurfer

Great idea!

September 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/dockeryz

So if I get one of these certificates now, will it still show me as having received it whenever you upgrade?

September 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/DonCarlosPeligro

Cool idea. A suggestion-if you pass the test, award some/all of the lingots back.

September 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/PatricioJiang

I will be saving all my Lingots for the tests, and would not consider taking them until a system to verify that I took the test, and no other person took the test is in place. Off the top of my head, I think a voice identification algorithm that verifies the taker of the test might be feasible. What might be of great value for a potential employer is to observe the taking of the test in real time. For example, in an interview situation, one could literally take the Spanish exam in front of the person interviewing you for the job position, so SAVE your Lingots and practice wisely and critically.

September 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Jagzz

Very happy to know that. Some days back, I was wondering why we don't have any evaluation and certificate post-learning. It seems my wish has been granted :)

September 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ah95al

hi,,, i dont understand what mean "lingot" (but in order to get it you'll need to go to the virtual store and use 25 lingots to "purchase" it.)

September 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Chumpatrol1

I finished my certificate, but where did it go? I would like to see it again just in case I want to compare it to my next score.

September 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/tatou

Links to all of your certificates are listed below the leaderboard on the right-hand sidebar.

September 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/rosiebartra

Awesome! but how do you get more lingots and what are they? :)

September 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/laur3n

There's another thread about that, here is the link to it: http://www.duolingo.com/comment/818198

September 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Ralph64

I can't get the program to go through any full section because it won't work when it gets to several items to choose and I have to answer the one(s) by clicking a check mark in the proper box(es) I don't think I've updated the program so how do I update it or is it my mouse but no it is a laptop so I can use just the keyboard and it still does not check the box or boxes.

September 19, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Soolrak

This is amazing! I like the idea of "purchasing" it for 25 lingots, so it becomes more serious. I will keep studying French really hard in order to get it and these are very good stimulous. Thanks so much!

P.S. I also loved the idea of verifying identity in the future. I will be waiting for it, so my certificate would be real for everybody :D

September 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/SraMock

This is only the second time I've visited the site and I have a lot to learn about how to use it. I like what I'm seeing.

September 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/woooooo

i can't sing in the app of duolingo after i upgrade my ios to 7.

September 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Luis

Please upgrade to version 2.1

September 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/woooooo

Perhaps,the problem came from the ios's system.Anyway,it's the wonderful app I ever seem,and it's very helpful in my learning,thanks.

September 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Zykyris

I like the pie of apple

September 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/sam_junior

Hi. Wiil you have the spanish couse for portugueses speaker too?

September 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/tariqnisarahmed

Great value added if the tests become accepted as a metric of accomplishment or proficiency outside Duolingo. This announcement's exciting but that one (that the certificate has value outside Duolingo) would be so huge that you can already see its shadow from here.

September 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/juan1510

excellent

September 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sallyann_54

This is a great idea, particularly if it could compare with an acknowledged standard as many other learners suggest. Woud like to thank you all for this fantastic opportunity to learn Spanish.

September 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/mayiit

Aha, that's how we can use the lingots!

September 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Mesmorino

I just took the test and failed it woefully- It was full of words I haven't learned yet; I was expecting it to test me on stuff I've learned. Basically, it's useless (for me anyway) until I've gone through the entire skill tree.

September 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/kasani

awesome!

September 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/vinicius.albuq

Great!

Suggestion: Why don't you open other trees as we get the certificates? For instance, I already did the English tree. So I will take the test. If I pass a specific score, the proficiency for doing other languages would be attested, and more languages would be available.

I use the English tree made for Brazilians as "flash cards", to keep the language "active". Every time I want to practice French, for example, I have to change the settings.

September 24, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/SyZwie

it says you can take the test at any time during the course but the test is far too complicated if you take it while being a level 5 student for example. I think the test is for high level students.

November 30, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Paul.Morris

It is suggested that you might want to take the test a number of times as a way of tracking your progress. If nothing else, it would give you a way to spend your Lingots!

November 30, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorijn

I just took an exam and was able to view my certificate, but I would also like to know which of my answers were correct and which weren't.. is there any way to see the correct answers afterwards? Thanks!!

February 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/andriibaraniuk

Awesome! I have already got 4.87/5 for my German Certificate! Amazing feeling!!!!!!

February 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/markbooth

Is there anyway to actually find the certificate again after taking it? I can't find it on my profile anywhere.

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/tatou

It's one of the menu items below your username on the top menu bar (under "Your Profile").

February 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/markbooth

Thanks!

February 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/alexwall77

I am pretty good at French, and I got a 2.98. If 5 is the highest score, this is quite a difficult test.

March 2, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/phylosopher

Hey... I got a certificate... now I can't find it. Where is it stored on the site? Thanks!

March 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/koltonlane

Where can I view mine?

April 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/tatou

It is under "Your Certificates" in the dropdown under your username. :)

April 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/SydneyHope

I just bought mine, but I had to the refresh the page so now I don't know where to go to start?

April 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/tatou

It looks like something went wrong and you did not successfully take the test. I refunded your 25 lingots so you can try again. :)

April 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/SydneyHope

thank you (:

April 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/BarryHanrahan

how does one get their name verified? and is it possible to get a physical certificate?

April 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/tatou

Right now there is no way to do this. But identity verification is something we are working on.

April 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan

What is the philosophy behind keeping the certificates for only private viewing? It's ironic that in the lingot store it says, "get a certificate to show off your language skills," but it is impossible to either display it to other users or even print it. I have suggested that there be an option to allow an icon to be displayed on one's profile page, but no moderators have commented so far.

April 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/ljarnill

I really like Duolingo. I think that this move is a great additions to the website. It also, because it is a free "service", it makes foreign languages accessible to more people. Not to mention that the cool design makes learning a foreign language interesting. It is a huge difference to having to look at a super dry book and try to mumble words with a person that you do not really know. So, both thumbs up Duolingo. Keep up the good work.

May 17, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/tessa

Hi, I was looking for the certificate but I think it's been taken down off the lingot page and I can't find it! Could you please help?

June 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan

Tessa, look in the blue stripe at the top of the page where your username and profile pic appear. Open the drop-down menu and click on "your progress". The certificate(s) will appear on the page that opens.

July 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/bharatingermany

But they are not printable now! They just show your score

July 25, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/bharatingermany

They are getting greedy now!

July 23, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/TautvydasV

Is the certificate still available I can't find it in Ligot Store ?

August 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan

Taut, you have to take the progress test to get the certificate. It's the fifth item in the lingot store and costs 25 lingots. Have fun!

August 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/mukske

Very cool feature!

August 26, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/johnny_foxtrot

Is there any update on this?

November 6, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/Tammam.Wafai

That's is awesome!! I've finished the whole course but I still on 13 level So I want something to prove that I've done the whole course

I'm going to try it Thanks Duolingo! Keep streaking ;)

November 22, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/RianZafe

No updates yet?

December 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/fiore036

cool

January 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Clayton61636

Great Idea! Can't wait to see how this turns out!

January 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/raptorex

this test was released a year ago, but you still can't verify your identity, may I ask when we will?

February 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Viocube

Um, hi. I spent 25 lingots to take a Duolingo Spanish test and got 4.55/5.00 but did not see any certificates, links, or pages. Can I get it back?

February 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AparecidaC16

I love Duolingo.I 'm learning .It's very interesting.

February 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/cracoman

Do you have the test on windows phone?

March 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/tommygebru

I dont understand.... Why the team is not able to verify who took the test? Duolingo is already capable to identify test-takers in the the Duolingo Test Center just fine. How or why can Duolingo not offer certificates and tests in the same manner as the Test Center?

March 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Mesmorino

The team is not able to verify who is actually sitting at the computer taking test, only who is signed in. This is why accredited language certification exams are done in person, with some form of identification

May 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/BobMcKay

To be fair though, there's been loads of cases of professional exam takers turning up for 'in person' tests with false ID, the certificate itself doesn't have a photo of the person on it. Additionally, they could use a persons webcam to record the person taking the test in real-time for a little more security.

August 24, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/haklander

Just scored 4.48/5 for Portuguese. I think that would be more than the Level 11 than I am now, so maybe you could use the tests to level up, or perhaps even level down?

April 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/cevinator

coolio

June 26, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Bob20020

As of 2015, what happened to the heart system? It used to have it I think, and when I click on something to strengthen or learn, it has hearts, then they go away,

July 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/namesake88

Thats great!!!

August 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/arsee62

I love Duo!! :-*

November 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ChuckBaggett

In the last month, during which I worked consistently, my test score in Esperanto went from 1.95 to 1.33.

:(

December 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Sixtilius

5.00/5.00 in Spanish "iSoy el ❤❤❤❤ amo del español!". Is that really the maximum score you can get? I don't think my spanish skills are good enough for such a score.

April 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/hussain.ntrdmn

I am now more enthusiastic.

May 31, 2016
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