I just took an English proficiency test from Duolingo (I'm German) and I scored a 76%. I need to know what the average score is, as well as a basic idea of what each score range means I "should" be able to do. If I got a 76%, what "should" I be able to do? Speak English well enough to have a short conversation? Or should I be able to write essays in English?

  • Welcome to Language Learning! I'm not exactly sure how this is related to language learning, so could you please edit your question to perhaps make it more on-topic?
    – fi12
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 23:42
  • This is about software operation, not language learning.
    – user3169
    Commented May 10, 2016 at 2:33
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    @user3169: It's about using software for language learning. When this topic came up pre-beta, we decided to answer such questions, as long as they relate specifically to language learning. If you feel a different decision should be made, please bring it up on meta.
    – Flimzy
    Commented May 10, 2016 at 6:36
  • @Flimzy As shown in the accepted answer, it is about the interpretation of a software scoring system, the validity of which has not been independently established. Words like "average" and "can" don't help.
    – user3169
    Commented May 10, 2016 at 21:20
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    @user3169: I'm not sure what point you're making. The question is one that language learners are likely to have, and it is related to their task as language learners, so the question ought to be on-topic. If the answer is unsatisfying, that just means the software is poorly defined/described (which should be absolutely no surprise WRT Duolingo), not that the question is off-topic.
    – Flimzy
    Commented May 11, 2016 at 6:15

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That's very coincidental because I just took my Duolingo test last week. I used Duolingo's official page on this topic for help.

I've summarised the table here but if you want the full version you can visit the link above.

  • 0 - 16% is beginner. Can only understand very basic words or phrases in the language.

  • 17% - 35% is elementary. Can deal with simple, straightforward information and express themselves in familiar contexts.

  • 36% - 55% is intermediate. Can understand the main points of concrete speech or writing on routine matters such as work and school. Can handle most situations that would come up while traveling where the language is spoken. Can describe experiences, ambitions, opinions, and plans, although with some awkwardness or hesitation.

  • 56% - 71% is advanced. Can fulfill most communication goals, even on unfamiliar topics. Can understand the main ideas of both concrete and abstract writing, and interact with native speakers fairly painlessly.

  • 72% - 92% is proficient. Can understand a variety of demanding texts and conversations, also grasping implicit or figurative meaning that is hidden. Can use language flexibly and effectively for most social, academic, and professional purposes.

  • 93% - 100% is expert. Can understand virtually anything heard or read, even intellectually demanding material such as an academic lecture or a book on philosophy. Can use the language fluently and spontaneously in a way that can even be more advanced than an average native speaker.


I took Duolingo's test as well, I think 50 marks is average. Above 80% means that you are exceptionally proficient in the English language. I received 80 marks.

  • I appreciate your answer!
    – user420
    Commented May 9, 2016 at 23:56

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