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A comprehensive guide to the duolingo english test

Being a non-native English speaker, you need to prove your proficiency in the language if you seek to pursue higher education in English-speaking countries. While there’s no shortage of English proficiency tests online, the growing demand for a more affordable option among students is hard to ignore. Fortunately, the Duolingo English Test provides an excellent alternative.

What is the duolingo english test?

The Duolingo English Test is an affordable English proficiency test recognized by more than 3500 universities worldwide. It is the fastest-growing proficiency test that evaluates your Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing skills.

Why choose duolingo?

The Duolingo English Test has grown in popularity in recent years, primarily due to the convenient nature of the test. The scores are accepted by top universities worldwide. Additionally, you get to enjoy the following benefits:

  • Give the test from anywhere in the world at any time you want. There's no need for appointments or traveling to a test center. Instead, you can sit for the Duolingo English Test from the comfort of your home.
  • Unlike the IELTS and TOEFL, the exam fee for Duolingo is the most affordable. While others cost approximately $150-$200, the Duolingo English Test is only $49 (approx. INR 4000).
  • The total test duration is 1 hour.
  • Access your Duolingo English Test Results within 48 hours of giving the test.
  • Send your scores to many universities without incurring any additional cost

How to use duolingo?

To use Duolingo, you need to have an account. Follow these simple steps to get started with the application:

Set up an account

When you visit the Duolingo main page, you'll be prompted to sign up or log in to an existing account. To set up your account, you can sign up using your email id, Facebook, or Google account.

Choose a language you wish to learn

Even if you wish to take the English language test on Duolingo, you must choose a language to learn to proceed to your account. You can select English from the choices. Of course, you can always add more languages to learn later if you wish.

Enter your account details

To add more details to your account, go to Settings, and you'll be able to set your:

  • Full name
  • Location
  • Bio details
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Profile picture

Once you have set up your account, you can proceed to practice your English and register for the Duolingo English Test to prove your proficiency.

Duolingo english test highlights

Exam name : Duolingo English Test
Required for: Studies, work, and immigration to English-speaking countries
Accepted in countries: The USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, etc.
Conducted by: Duolingo
Exam mode: Online (computer-based)
Exam duration: 60 minutes
Exam fees: $49 (approx. INR 4000)
Result: Released in 48 hours

Duolingo eligibility criteria

Duolingo has no specific eligibility criteria for taking the Duolingo English Test. However, if you are below 13 years of age, you would need consent from your parents or legal guardian to take the exam. You can provide their consent by filling out a consent form during the registration process.

Duolingo registration

You can register for the Duolingo English Test anytime from anywhere in the world. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit the official website
  2. Click on 'Sign up' if you don't have an account or 'Login' to an existing account
  3. Fill out your account details
  4. Get redirected to the registration page
  5. . Choose from three available options: Try the test/Purchase the test/Take the test
  • Try the test -You can take a 15-minute practice test to check your preparation
  • Purchase the test - You can buy the test to take within the next 21 days
  • Take the test - You can take the test immediately at the time of registration

Complete the payment using credit cards/PayPal

Other Requirements for Duolingo

Since the Duolingo English Test doesn't require you to travel to an authorized test center and allows you to give the exam from your home, you need to meet some additional criteria:

  • You must give the exam in a well-lit room
  • You must be alone in the room during the exam period
  • You must have at least 60 minutes of free time for the test
  • You require a computer with a front-facing camera, a microphone, and speakers
  • Your ears and face should be visible in the camera during the exam
  • You cannot access any other web browser during the test
  • You are not allowed to look away from the screen during the test
  • You cannot talk to anyone while the test is ongoing
  • You need a valid government-issued photo ID proof like a Passport or Driver's License
  • You require a reliable internet connection

Duolingo english test pattern

The Duolingo English Test is divided into two sections:

  • Adaptive test
  • Video interview
Section Sub-section Time Allotted
Adaptive Test

Read and complete

Read and select

Listen and select

Listen and types

Read a section aloud

Explain a photo

Write about a photo

Read and write

Listen and speak

45 minutes
Video interview

Describe a photo

Speak on a particular topic

Speak about a given situation

10 minutes

Duolingo syllabus

You don't have to follow a particular syllabus for the Duolingo English Test. Instead, you will be tested on your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Since the test is adaptive, each correct answer will keep increasing the difficulty level of further questions. However, if you give a wrong answer, the test will adapt to your skills and lower the difficulty level.

The types of questions you might get in your Adaptive section are:

  • Describe an image in writing
  • Write answers in 50 words
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Complete the sentences
  • Hear words and identify the correct ones
  • Read words and identify the most appropriate ones
  • Type a sentence that you hear

In the 10-minute Video Interview section, you will have to answer open-ended questions on any incident, situation, or topic.

Duolingo test duration

The Adaptive section of the test is 45 minutes long, while the video interview lasts 10 minutes. Thus, the total duration of the sections is 55 minutes. Furthermore, you get an additional 5 minutes onboarding session that takes you through the test rules and requirements.

The entire duration of the test – 60 minutes

Duolingo scores

The Duolingo English Test score ranges from 10-160 with 5-point increments. These scores are divided into two broad sections:

  • Overall score – 10 to 160
  • Subsection scores – includes your scores (10-160 range) in Literacy, Conversation, Comprehension, Production

The video interview section of the test is unscored.

Duolingo result

Once you complete your Duolingo English Test, you will receive a notification about your results within 48 hours on your registered email. The email will contain a link redirecting you to the page where you can access your scores. Then, you need to:

  • Log in to your account on the Duolingo English Test website
  • View your score report
  • Print/Download the result

How to send scores

There’s no limit to the number of universities where you can send your Duolingo English Test score. Just follow these simple steps:

  • Log in to your account from your registered email on the Duolingo English Test official website
  • Scroll down and select ‘Send Result’
  • Select the universities/colleges (up to 40 at once) where you wish to send your results
  • Provide your application ID for universities that require it
  • Click on ‘Send’

Highest fluency batch score

The highest fluency batch score for the Duolingo English Test is 120-160. Most universities prefer an overall score of 120+ with subscores of 100+. This score batch means that the test taker can:

  • Understand demanding spoken and written English
  • Comprehend idioms, figurative speech, implicit sentences, and pragmatic language
  • Use appropriate language appropriate for social, academic, and professional settings

Duolingo preparation tips

Since you don’t have a particular syllabus to follow for the Duolingo English Test, follow these valuable tips to polish your reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills:

  • Expand your vocabulary and familiarize yourself with various writing styles
  • Read novels, short stories, fiction, and non-fiction in a wide variety of genres
  • Engage in conversations with people fluent in English
  • Comprehend the exam pattern and question types
  • Try out mock tests available on the Duolingo website

Universities accepting duolingo score

More than 2000 colleges and universities in the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, etc., accept the Duolingo English Test score for admission to degree programs. Some of the top colleges and universities that accept the DET are:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Harvard University
  • University of Chicago
  • Columbia University
  • Yale University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • University of Toronto
  • McGill University
  • University of British Columbia
  • Imperial College London
  • King’s College London
  • University of Glasgow
  • Cardiff University
  • Monash University
  • Deakin University
  • La Trobe University

You can check the eligibility requirements of your preferred university to check whether they accept Duolingo English Test scores.

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Frequently asked questions

The Duolingo English Test takes place online. Since there are no designated test centers, you can take the test from the comfort of your home as long as you meet the environmental requirements.

You can take the Duolingo English Test at any time you wish. When you buy the test, you have the option to take the test immediately or within 21 days from the date of purchase.

The Duolingo English Test is significantly more affordable than the TOEFL, IELTS, and other English language proficiency tests at only $49 plus taxes (approx. INR 4000).

The duration of individual sections in the Duolingo English Test are:

  • Onboarding – 5 minutes
  • Adaptive Test – 45 minutes
  • Video Interview – 10 minutes

Therefore, the total duration is 60 minutes.

The Duolingo English Test scores are valid for 2 years from the results' publication date.

The score range for the Duolingo English Test is from 10 to 160. Your result will include an overall score and subscores for Literacy, Conversation, Comprehension, and Production.

You can purchase up to three tests within a period of 30 days. Moreover, you must wait for the results before repurchasing the test.

The Duolingo English Test is an adaptive exam where each correct answer boosts the difficulty level of the questions. There is no set number of questions, and the exam ends once the AI has gauged your skills. Therefore, it is not easier than the IELTS or the TOEFL.

You can access the practice test on the Duolingo English Test official website to familiarize yourself with the question pattern and types. The test lasts 15 minutes and contains an overview of the various kinds of questions you will encounter on the exam.

Yes, Duolingo allows students to send their scores to several universities and colleges without additional fees. Just log in to your account on the Duolingo English Test official website and select the institutions where you wish to send your scores. You can send your result to 40 institutions at a time.

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