What does “supplemental” mean when a school accepts the Duolingo English Test?

On the list accepting institutions, there are two different labels for how schools use the Duolingo English Test in their admissions process: “meets requirements” or “supplemental.” 

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Both uses provide important information to admissions officers in the application evaluation process, but schools that use it in a “supplemental” fashion might do so for a variety of reasons—every school is different!  Here are some common ways that institutions use Duolingo English Test scores as a supplement:

  • More information
    Many admissions officers like having a lot of information at their disposal that they can use to evaluate different aspects of an applicant in the admissions process. While not all information will be used in the same way at every institution, it benefits students to provide more information to help admissions officers determine if they are the right “fit” for the school.

  • A more personal view of you
    Because the Duolingo English Test includes a video interview and writing sample along with your score, these give admissions officers different ways of getting to know you as a person and your English ability.

  • If they ask for it… you should send it!
    Some schools offer the opportunity for students to take and share the Duolingo English Test with them. Even if this is not a required part of their application materials, there is value in having it as part of your admissions file, and it may be worth submitting.

  • Affordable proof of English
    Sometimes it is not clear whether students are required to provide proof of their English proficiency. The Duolingo English Test is a convenient and affordable way to ensure your application is complete.

If you aren’t sure how an institution uses the Duolingo English Test, you can visit the school’s website or contact the admissions office. 

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