As an ESL student, a way to show universities that I can effectively use English is very important. IELTS or TOEFL has usually been the standard way. But now, a new test is emerging. Duolingo is an ultra-low-cost English test that is not just affordable, but also time efficient. It takes around 45 minutes and only costs $45. While some universities accept the score as a supplement, many accept it as a standardized English test.
I got a 94 which translates into an 8.5, in term of IELTS, or a 115, in term of TOEFL iBT.
Here’s the link to my certificate