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The 10 Fastest Ways to Get XP on Duolingo

Although I don’t ever think you should cheat at Duolingo since that defeats the purpose of using the app to learn a language, there are certain days when I am thinking more about the game instead of learning. So I’ve put together a list of the fastest ways to get XP on Duolingo so that you can “level up” faster!

And in case you want to make sure I know what I’m talking about, here are my stats from Duolingo that show I have earned almost 50,000 XP since I joined in 2016!

However, I haven’t done this while being consistent (I rarely have a streak on Duolingo).

But I do love learning languages and tend to binge Duolingo when I am in a language learning craze.

I seriously would not be able to learn languages without italki (I’m taking 3 classes per week right now) try out a class and you’ll thank me later. They’re usually $9 or less!

And those crazes have taught me quite a few things about how to earn XP as fast as possible so that I can cram in as many new vocabulary words and grammar drills as possible. Here they are!

My stats for Duolingo that show almost 50,000 XP

P.S. Did you know that with XP you go up in levels in Duolingo? The highest level you can get is 25! Go read my post on “things most people don’t know about Duolingo” to see where you can find out your level!

The Fastest Ways to get XP on Duolingo:

1. Use the Desktop Version

Most users don’t even realize that there is a desktop version of Duolingo, which can be one of the fastest ways to get XP!

Why? Because you don’t lose any “health” when using the desktop option, so you can complete a lot of lessons without needing to watch ads or use your gems to buy back health.

Duolingo Desktop Home Page
Don’t make fun of me for my one day streak! I tend to binge Duolingo instead of being consistent lol

Also, for those of you who are faster at typing on your computer, this means you can complete lessons WAY quicker than if you had to type on your phone!

For me, this is a bonus as well since it helps me to practice spelling and make sure that I really know the grammar.

This is also how to hack Duolingo and get around paying for Duolingo Plus (which I think is a waste of money!)

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2. Complete Stories (If they are available in your language)

For now, Duolingo stories are available for English speakers learning Spanish, French, German, and Portuguese (and they just added Italian!!)

But these are an awesome way to seriously rack up XP quickly and without much effort.

If your language has stories, there will be a tab that looks like a book on the bottom of the screen.

Duolingo Stories Tab for 14 XP

All you need to do is listen to a story and it asks you to match the words to what was said. At the end of the short story, you just match a few vocabulary words and you’re done!

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The more you get right, the more XP you get.

The first set of stories is about 14 XP per story, but as you graduate into the more difficult sets of stories, the amount of XP you can get goes up!

I earn about 28 XP per story now on my French Duolingo and it often only takes a minute or two to complete it! It’s an awesome way to get a Duolingo XP boost!

Duolingo Stories for 28 XP

3. Do Ramp Up Challenges in the League Tab

These challenges just recently popped up with the new update and I’m not sure they are available all the time, but they are an awesome way to earn XP very quickly!

Read this post to find out how to earn even more XP using the Duolingo Ramp Up Challenge.

League Tab on Duolingo
My Duolingo Username is Dayna255732 if you wanna follow me! (:

All you need to do is go into your “League” tab (the one that looks like a shield) and check in the bottom right corner. If there is a purple lightning bolt, click on that!

That’s your ramp up challenge! I think they do this to encourage people to get competitive in the leagues and help you to jump up in the ranks quickly.

Basically, it’s a super-easy way to get 40 XP in just one lesson and one of the best Duolingo points hacks there is!

Have a friend who loves learning languages? Or maybe want to make sure you get what you want? lol Here are 9 language gift ideas for your friend (or maybe to send to your mom!)

Ramp Up Challenge on Duolingo for 40 XP in 2 Minutes

4. Go back to easier lessons

If you’re running out of health because the lessons are getting harder or you just want to get more XP as fast as possible, head back to the top of your Duolingo tree to start breezing through lessons again!

restore skills to earn xp in duolingo
Head back to the top of your tree and restore skills or make those skills golden to earn XP quickly!

Not only will this get you a ton of XP quickly, you will also be able to see just how much you have learned! Remember when those first lessons used to be hard?!

If you want to learn a language faster than ever, I also highly recommend reading Benny Lewis’s book on how to learn a language in JUST 3 months.

5. Choose Automated Answers Instead of Typing (When Possible) on the mobile app

Sometimes Duolingo only gives you the option to type, but if you would rather have the word bubbles that you just have to put in order, pay attention to the bottom left corner when completing the lesson.

You may be able to change to the automated answers instead of typing, although like I mentioned before, this isn’t always possible!

6. Click “Can’t speak now” “Can’t Listen Now.”

Sometimes when I’m watching TV (or even if I have a really badly behaved kid when I’m teaching for VIPKID) I open up Duolingo and go to the easier lessons and just barely pay attention enough to get the answers right.

As you are completing a lesson, you’ll notice that when it asks you to “Speak” or “Listen” there is an option to choose “Can’t Speak Now” or “Can’t Listen Now.”

choose "can't speak now" on duolingo

If you hit that button, that type of question will be turned off for an hour. You’ll have to choose that option for both speaking and listening when they come up.

choose "can't speak now" on duolingo and it will turn off for 1 hour

Although the speaking and listening parts of a Duolingo lesson are usually super easy and quick, sometimes you are in a situation where you can’t do those things but you still want to be learning and earning XP. So just turn them off!

They will turn back on in an hour so it’s not a permanent thing and you will be able to practice a lot more often!

7. Get Golden Lessons Then “restore” them

When you finish all of the levels in one of the topic bubbles, the circle will turn gold. After a while, the gold will break and give you the opportunity to “restore” it for 10 XP.

These lessons are usually very easy and plus you get the satisfaction of making the circle gold again!

Restore a skill in Duolingo for 10 XP

8. Do lessons in a language that you know better

Speak more than just the language that you are learning? Head to that language to earn some XP fast before going back to your new language.

For example, I am currently learning French and Italian but I am already fluent in Spanish.

So sometimes when I am low on health or just want to get as many XP as possible, I head to Spanish and complete lessons and stories there that are super easy for me!

Switch to the language that is easiest for you to earn XP quickly!

You can even try switching from learning Spanish (or whatever language you’ve chosen) for English speakers to English for Spanish speakers!

Duolingo courses for spanish speakers
Switch to a reverse tree- learning English from Spanish!

This might not be easier in some cases, but give it a try! I talk more about how to do that in this post.

9. Test out of Skills

I don’t recommend doing this in a language that you are new in, but if you have been learning for a while and just are starting on Duolingo, or if you are already fluent in a language, this is a super easy way to get XP quickly!

The Key Button to Test out of a Skill in Duolingo for 50 XP

When you click on each “Skill” bubble, you can see a key on the top right.

When you click on this, it gives you the option to test out of the lessons on the level that you are on, which means that with just one lesson, you can win 50XP or more.

However, Duolingo recently changed the app to make it so you have to use gems to do complete a test so if you don’t have a lot saved up, you won’t be able to do this quickly.

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Also, these lessons are obviously going to be slightly longer and more difficult since you are skipping a whole level and earning a lot of XP at once.

Use 200 Gems to Test out of a Level in Duolingo

10. Test out of a Checkpoint

I really don’t recommend this if you are a beginner, but like I said in the last section, if you have been learning for a while and are just recently starting on Duolingo, or if you are already fluent in a language, then this is a great way to get XP REALLY fast.

In each Duolingo tree, there is a little castle that represents passing a “checkpoint.” Usually the lessons after the checkpoint are not available until you have gotten to at least level 1 in all of the skills before it.

Checkpoints in Duolingo

However, if you click on the Checkpoint, Duolingo gives you the option to skip ALL of those skills and earn all of the XP in one go.

Of course, this is going to be VERY hard unless you are already fluent in that language. But if you are confident or just want to give it a go, there’s no harm in trying!

Test out of skills at the checkpoint in Duolingo for a lot of XP

Well, I wish you luck on your quest to get as many XP as possible! Feel free to follow me on Duolingo at Dayna255732 or leave a comment with other ways that you have found to earn XP fast!

Of course, this is not meant at all to be a way at cheating Duolingo but just a few more ways to motivate yourself to learn a language even if it means you have to turn it into a game at times!

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Wednesday 15th of September 2021

A couple of other ideas: Hook up a keyboard to your phone, bluetooth may be fine. Use a chromebook with the app on it, to do the app easier and faster. Do the Lengendary crown challenge on the app for the easier lessons, to get 40 xp plus up to 5 bonus for a total of 45 xp possible. THis costs 100 gems. Do the advanced practice for 20 xp, plus up to 5 xp bonus, plus sometimes an additional up to 5xp bonus if it allows you to fix your past mistakes.


Saturday 26th of June 2021

I have always wanted to be a polyglot and staying in India for over a decade I know about five to six Indian languages . always fancied languages like Spanish ,German and many more lol. A way that I found to increase XP is by attending "events" hosted by Duolingo on a zoom platform. if u are free and are at least an A1-A2 fluent speaker u can join these. it's fun, such events boosts your confidence to speak the language and you gain XP too! you can follow me back on Duolingo @Graceee3352 .Also thank you for this post, Dayna!!❤️


Friday 30th of April 2021

This is really helpful! I recently (last night) restarted my Duolingo German Course thinking it was a good idea to get more XP. I'm extremely competitive and this person was trying to surpass me in XP on the leaderboard and I thought: No way Jose... So.. that happened blah blah and I thought, it was so worth it. No. No it was not. I had 8000+ XP originally, but now I'm at 600 something. It was a stupid mistake. So I searched desperately for help and finally found this. Thanks! My username is @sarahedwardz :) I already followed you!


Monday 3rd of May 2021

Just followed you back, Sarah! haha and I get the competitiveness, whatever gets you to study German more works, right?! (: thanks for the follow and good luck learning German!

Mirra Palma

Sunday 25th of April 2021

Can you explain to me why I did not get XP points for being number one this week???????????????????????????????????????????????? my name is Mirra Palma


Sunday 7th of March 2021

Very helpful post! I only started Duolingo recently and am re-learning French, which I haven't taken in over 20 years (!!). To say that I'm rusty is an understatement, although I feel like the pace is too easy since I do have prior background in it. I'll check out some of the others you linked here, too! And I am now "following" you on Duolingo. :)


Monday 8th of March 2021

Haha thank you for following me, Laurel! I am still learning French as well and I feel that! I started in college and now I'm 27 and I'm still at an A2 ish level. But yes, you should try to test out of some of the levels if you feel like they're too easy for you!