Duolingo English Test Overview

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The Duolingo English Test is aimed at students who need to demonstrate their English proficiency in order to enter a university.

The exam has many advantages over IELTS or TOEFL including:

  • It can be taken from home at any time;
  • It is much cheaper ($49);
  • Results are released faster (2 days);
  • The test is much shorter (one hour).

For a complete comparison to IELTS and TOEFL, click here.

Where is Duolingo accepted?

More than 3,500 institutions accept the Duolingo English Test in many different countries. This includes well-known universities such as Yale, John Hopkins, Duke and many more.

Duolingo is not accepted for emigration.

Exam Contents

The Duolingo English Test has a number of different question types. In some parts of the test, it is computer adaptive. This means that questions will be harder or easier based on previous answers.

The computer adaptive parts of the test are:

  • Naming pictures
  • Yes/No vocabulary
  • C-test
  • Reading aloud
  • Dictation

Several types of questions are not computer adaptive. These are:

  • Speaking about a picture
  • Speaking about a written prompt
  • Speaking about a spoken prompt
  • Writing about a picture
  • Writing about a written prompt

Some parts of the test are also ungraded but sent to the institution which is being applied to. These are:

  • Ungraded speaking
  • Ungraded writing

Practicalities

The Duolingo English Test takes less than one hour to complete and the results are released in 2 days.

The test can be done from your home if you have access to a computer with an internet connection.

The results are valid for two years and the test can be sat three times in a 30 day period.

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