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Geneva Business School now accepts the Duolingo English Test (DET) for applications for Bachelor’s, Master’s, MBAs, IEMBAs and DBAs.


21 May 2020

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Due to disruptions to freedom of movement after COVID-19, many International students planning their post-high school study are finding it difficult to attend exam centers. With over 1 billion students affected by the global pandemic, tertiary application processes have been forced online or postponed. We are pleased to offer the Duolingo English Test (DET), as an alternative to IELTS or TOEFL, for those who want to take it. Duolingo offers an affordable and efficient solution for those struggling to reach an exam center due to lockdown conditions in their home country. The test can be taken at home, under exam conditions, and results are received within 48 hours.


In order to accept International student’s applications for tertiary admission at Geneva Business School we require official IELTS or TOEFL English certification results as follows:

For Bachelor’s TOEFL: 70 / IELTS: 6.0 / DET 95 – 100

For Master’s and MBA TOEFL: 74 / IELTS: 6.5 / DET 105 – 110

For DBA TOEFL: 85 / IELTS: 7.0 / DET 115 – 120

A full range of equivalent results for the Duolingo English Test can be found on this handy comparison table.

Geneva Business School now accepts the DET for applications for Bachelor’s, Master’s, MBAs, and DBAs, as an alternative to IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent tests. All you need to take the test, is a computer, a webcam, a microphone, and an internet connection. You will also need a quiet, well-lit room and about 60 minutes of privacy.

 A Duolingo English Test-imonial…

Admissions Officer on our Geneva campus,
Christiana Panagakou, recently sat the Duolingo English Test to help understand the process for new students who would like to take it. Christiana, who is also a Geneva Business School Alumni, recently applied for a Master’s program. Christiana sat a TOEFL exam in person in early February in Geneva and said that her results from both tests were identical! 

Her impressions were one of great user experience, with a gamified feel much like the Duolingo language learning app. She found the test strict with timing and remarked that the camera is on for the duration of the test. The content was modern, relevant, and clear, and the results accurate.

“Duolingo is definitely a quicker, more user-friendly exam, with more modern types of exercises. It also issues the results sooner than TOEFL” – Christiana Panagakou

Find out how to take the Duolingo English test here.

Read a full list of Changes to Admissions for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.



Ask our friendly admissions team about the Duolingo English Test (DET) if you have any questions.