I’m Getting On That Plane

This episode is about students who want to take the Duolingo exam to obtain a Canadian student visa. The clock is ticking, time seems to be shooting ahead, and you don’t want to be left behind. A virtual finish line separates students who made it to Canada and those who didn’t. 

Yes, I’m talking specifically about emigrating to Canada. Unfortunately, the COVID situation has created delays with families impatiently waiting for this situation to change.

True that a cure is in sight and there is the hope of some resolve. Families are now turning towards a new trend, and it’s called Duolingo. 

There are advantages with taking this exam, especially with the concept of time. This test can be taken from the comfort of your own home. Universities in Canada will recognise this exam in terms of obtaining a student visa. 

Is this test right for me?

It’s a great question if you are not very good with traditional exams such as IELTS and during times of uncertainty can’t guarantee test dates, this could be the answer.

Listening, reading, speaking, and writing are still used as the criteria to measure your abilities. Nevertheless, unlike the traditional format of sections, questions can follow no particular order prompting you to respond quickly.

The test itself is approximately an hour long. Preparation for this exam will require you to learn and apply grammar, so don’t be fooled. A study plan is still needed, and the grading system is scored between 10 – 160. Some of the more prestigious programmes may demand a higher score; this will usually be above 120

Duolingo vs IELTS

75 – 80 = 5

85 – 90 = 5.5

95 – 100 = 6

105 -110 = 6.5

115 – 120 = 7

125 -130 =7.5

130 – 140 = 8 

145 – 150 = 8.5

Do not get carried away, Duolingo as a concept is not considered a qualification to find employment, only consider your grade to a University requirement as a visa condition.

What does the test include, and how can One2one help?

You will need to type a statement that you hear.

We ensure that dictation is available to you both in class and specially designed Podcasts.

Completing missing letters from text.

Vocabulary building and providing you with paragraphs will prompt you to practice spelling, but we also focus on spelling essential vocabulary in class as part of your training.

Listen to audio recorded words and select the real words from fictitious ones. 

We focus on most exams critical vocabulary used in most exams to ensure that you can understand regularly featured terminology.

Reviewing words in text format to decipher false words from real words.

Building vocabulary is the only way to understand how to complete this task successfully.

Describing a Photo

We have been helping people describe photos for exam formats since 2011 and show you how to develop this skill.

Recording yourself saying a written sentence.

Some of our homework involves you sending us audios based on this task. 

Verbally answering a recorded sentence.

This is the closest you will get to speak to a person in the exam; we will train you to develop this skill.

Responding in writing to a written question using 50 words.

Usually, you are asked to provide an opinion based on comparing advantages and disadvantages.

Talk between 1 to 3 minutes.

Used as a measure of intonation, speed of speech, grammar theory, you will be given a topic to talk about. We ensure that speaking is featured in every class.