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dc.creatorWagner, Elvis
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-20T16:01:51Z
dc.date.available2020-11-20T16:01:51Z
dc.date.issued2020-06-28
dc.identifier.citationElvis Wagner (2020) Duolingo English Test, Revised Version July 2019, Language Assessment Quarterly, 17:3, 300-315, DOI: 10.1080/15434303.2020.1771343
dc.identifier.issn1543-4303
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.34944/dspace/4163
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12613/4181
dc.description.abstractThe Duolingo English Test (DET) is a computer adaptive test of English proficiency that is increasingly used for English-medium university admissions purposes. During the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, test centers were shut down in many countries, and major tests including the TOEFL iBT and IELTS could not be administered. The DET is an “at home” test, and thus many universities began accepting DET scores as ameasure of applicants’ English proficiency. Because a revised version of the DET was launched in July, 2019, and because of the large increase in universities accepting DET scores, a critical review of the DET is warranted. The current review lauds the accessibility of the test (e.g., it is an inexpensive “at home” test that can be taken anywhere, in less than an hour, with scores returned in 48 hours). However, the test has multiple shortcomings: the test tasks have little in common with the types of language tasks university students engage in; the test does not assess test takers’ academic language ability, discourse level competence, or interactional competence; it is susceptible to cheating and test preparation; and it has a potential for negative washback on learners and learning systems. In addition, there is a lack of independent research validating the use of DET scores for admissions. Given these shortcomings, the use of DET scores cannot be recommended for university admissions purposes.
dc.format.extent17 pages
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofCOVID-19 Research
dc.relation.haspartLanguage Assessment Quarterly
dc.relation.isreferencedbyInforma UK Limited
dc.relation.isreferencedbyThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in 'Language Assessment Quarterly' on 2020-06-28, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/15434303.2020.1771343.
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dc.titleDuolingo English Test, Revised Version July 2019
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dc.description.departmentTeaching and Learning
dc.relation.doihttp://doi.org/10.1080/15434303.2020.1771343
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dc.description.schoolcollegeTemple University. College of Education and Human Development
dc.creator.orcid0000-0003-2332-3323
dc.temple.creatorWagner, Elvis
refterms.dateFOA2020-11-20T16:01:51Z
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