Everything you need to know about Duolingo English Test

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Duolingo Test

In today’s world, where globalization and international connections are becoming increasingly important, proficiency in English has become particularly important. While traditional tests such as TOEFL and IELTS have long been the standard for assessing language skills, new alternatives are emerging, one of which is the Duolingo English Test. This relatively new test is becoming increasingly popular among students and professionals, offering them an easy and convenient way to demonstrate their English language skills.


What is Duolingo English Test

The Duolingo English Test (DET) is an online English proficiency test developed by Duolingo. The test is administered online and utilizes interactive exercises to measure comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, fluency, and pronunciation. The DET provides a standardized assessment system and is increasingly popular among educational institutions, employers, and individuals as an easy and convenient way to demonstrate their English language skills.

The exam has an adaptive computerized testing format. This means that the difficulty and sequence of questions vary. Unlike other tests, the DET questions are not grouped by type, so you will not know what type of assignment is coming next. During the test, the difficulty of the questions constantly changes, so you may find some assignments easier or harder than previous ones.

You can take the test online anytime and anywhere. There is no need to sign up and go to a test center—you can do it from home. To take the Duolingo English Test, you will need a computer with a functioning microphone and speakers, a webcam, an internet connection, and a form of identification.

The testing process takes less than an hour. Results are certified within two days, and you can submit your results to as many institutions as you like.

Upon completion of the exam, you will be provided with an official certificate containing your results, accessible through a unique and secure link. Scoring is conducted on a scale of 10 to 160. If you desire, you can make your certificate publicly available. DET results remain valid for a duration of two years.

In addition to your Duolingo English Test scores, you will receive scores in various categories that assess your competence in different areas.

Each category comprises two out of four skills:

  • Literacy: Reading and writing skills
  • Comprehension: Listening and reading skills
  • Conversation: Speaking and listening skills
  • Production: Writing and speaking skills

Test Structure and Question Types

Elements of the test:

  1. Introduction and Instruction – 5 minutes: At the beginning of the test, you will receive an explanation of the rules and requirements for taking the test.
  2. Adaptive Test – 45 minutes: This section evaluates your English language skills through a variety of tasks. The tasks will vary in complexity and format.
  3. Written Paper and Video Interview – 10 minutes: In this section, you will be given a specific topic to answer in detail. You may be required to provide a written response and participate in a video interview.


Sample Question Types:

  • Read and type the missing letters to reconstruct the text.


  • Read and select from a list of words those that exist in an English dictionary.


  • Listen to a recording and type what you heard.
  • Read aloud and make a recording of your voice.
  • Describe an image: Aim to describe the image within 1 minute, either in written form or orally.


  • Read a question and then write a short text on a specified topic within 5 minutes.
  • Listen to and/or read the question and then speak the answer within 90 seconds.


  • Complete the text: Choose the best option for each missing word and/or sentence.


  • Read the text and answer the question posed by highlighting the relevant part in the text.
  • Identify the main idea: Read the text and choose the option that most accurately reflects the primary meaning of the text.


  • Respond in writing to the given topic within 5 minutes.


  • Respond to the given topic aloud for 3 minutes: This interview will be videotaped.


As of May 1, 2023, Duolingo English Test decided to remove the Listen and Select tasks. Instead, Interactive Listening question types were introduced.


Types of Interactive Listening questions:

  • Listen and read a description of a situation, then select the most appropriate option to start a conversation or respond appropriately.


  • Summarize the conversation: In this task, you will need to write a summary of the previous conversation within 75 seconds.


To get more information about the different question types and helpful tips for each of them, you can visit the official Duolingo English Test website. However, please note that to access the information, you will need to register and create an account on the site. Additionally, you can find the official test taker’s guide and take advantage of the free practice test, which has unlimited attempts.

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DET Test Fees

The Duolingo English Test offers a flexible pricing system. You can purchase a single test for $59, and you will have 21 days to complete it from the date of purchase.

There is also a two-test package available, priced at $49 per test or $98 for both tests. After completing the first test, you will have an additional 21 days to take the second test in the package.

A total of three tests can be purchased within 30 days. This approach enables DET users to optimize their choices and save money if they plan to take multiple tests over a specific timeframe.


How DET differs from IELTS and TOEFL

IELTS (International English Language Testing System), TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), and DET (Duolingo English Test) are three tests specifically designed to assess the language skills of individuals aspiring to immigrate, work, or study in an English-speaking country. These tests vary in terms of content, format, scoring, cost, and other important factors. By understanding these distinctions, candidates can select the test that aligns best with their individual needs and goals.


Cost of exams


Standard price

1 test - $59
2 tests - $49/piece

$200 - $310
The price varies depending on your location

$180 - $325
The price varies depending on your location

Additional Services


Changing the test date ($47), sending score reports, ordering additional copies of certificates

Late registration ($40), schedule change ($60), additional score report ($20), etc.

Refund of payment

Does not involve reimbursement of fees *

If you cancel the IELTS test more than 5 weeks before the exam, the testing center will refund your money after a 25% deduction from your payment

If you cancel your registration 4 days prior to the test date, you are entitled to a 50% refund of the test fee

* In the eventthat you are unable to complete the exam due to a test outage or do not receive DET results within the agreed-upon period, Duolingo will offer you a refund or credit and make reasonable efforts to resolve the testing issue.

Exam Structure


Duration of the test

45 - 60 minutes

2 hours and 45 minutes

2 hours (from July 26, 2023)


Computer-based online test

Paper-based IELTS Test

Computer-based IELTS Test

TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based Test)

TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based Test)

TOEFL Home Edition (Internet-Based Test)

Sections and types of questions

Adaptive section: selecting words from a list, completion, listening, writing, reading texts, answering questions, describing images, etc.

The second part of the exam: video interview and written task

Listening: table completion, summarizing, multiple-choice questions, sentence completion, matching two parts of an answer, marking points on a diagram.

Reading: table completion, summarizing texts, multiple-choice questions, short answer questions, matching two parts of an answer.

Speaking: conversation on a chosen topic,answering questions, dialogue on a given topic.

Writing: interpreting charts, tables, or other data, presenting the obtained information in written form,writing an essay on a given topic.

Listening: table completion, multiple-choice questions.

Reading: locating factual information and identifying connections between components in the text, vocabulary questions.

Speaking: conversation on a given topic + integrated tasks (reading a short text, listening to related material, and providing a response based on the information received).

Writing: integrated task (reading a short text, listening to related material, and providing a written response based on the information received) + "Writing for an Academic Discussion."

Assessment and Exam Results


Accessibility of results

ready 48 hours after the test is taken

3-5 days (computer-based)/ 13 days (paper-based)

4-8 days after testing (11-13 working days for paper version)

Validity of results

2 years

2 years

2 years

Processing of results

It has a computerized scoring system and its proprietary algorithm (AI) for evaluating the written and spoken sections

The examination sheets are scanned by a computer, and then they are evaluated by a licensed IELTS examiner

The reading and listening sections of the test are evaluated by the computer. The writing and speaking tests are assessed by both highly qualified TOEFL examiners and an automated scoring system that utilizes artificial intelligence for score calculation

Range of scores *

from 10 to 160 points

from 0 to 9 points

from 8 to 120 points

Comparative table of DET results with TOEFL iBT, IELTS Academic and the CEFR language proficiency level system

IELTS Academic

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Availability and Exam Frequency



Daily test schedule

The Academic version of IELTS is conducted 48 times a year, while the General Training version is conducted 24 times a year

TOEFL iBT offers more than 60 test dates throughout the year;

TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based Test) offers 4 test dates

TOEFL Home Edition is available 24 hours a day, four days a week.

Testing Centers

There are no test centers

Available online 24/7

1 200 centers

4 500 centers

Recognition of the test worldwide

Accepted in more than 65 countries around the world

Accepted in 145 countries worldwide

Accepted in 190 countries worldwide

Examination requirements



minimum age of 13 years

(Individuals younger than the specified age must provide consent from parents or guardians)

18 years of age or older

(Individuals younger than the specified age must provide consent from parents or guardians)

recommended age 17 and older

(Individuals younger than the specified age must provide consent from parents or guardians)

What is needed for testing

A valid passport or any other form of identification, internet connection,a computer with a front-facing camera, microphone, and speakers.

A valid passport or any form of identification, an active credit or debit card

A valid passport or any form of identification with a name, photograph, and signature


Register on the official website and create your accoun

Register through the IELTS online registration platform

Register at official test centers, or online through the official website by creating an ETS account.You can also register by phoneor mail

Which exam is easier: DET, IELTS, or TOEFL?

The Duolingo English Test is commonly considered easier compared to the TOEFL and IELTS. One of the factors that makes the DET more accessible is its interactive and dynamic test structure. The DET offers a variety of question types and exercises and provides real-time feedback. The more familiar language used in the DET test materials makes it easier for some test takers.

TOEFL and IELTS are generally regarded as more difficult tests, especially in light of the use of specific vocabulary and terms. These exams have a higher level of formality and academic focus, which can pose challenges for some test takers. TOEFL and IELTS can also be difficult due to their structure and format, requiring test takers to have certain skills and preparation.

It is important to note that the perceived difficulty of each test is subjective and depends on individual characteristics. Some people may find one exam easier due to their strengths in specific areas, while others may consider it challenging because of their weaknesses.


Top universities accepting Duolingo English Test results

More than 4000 educational institutions worldwide accept DET certificates. You can submit your results an unlimited number of times and it’s completely free of charge.


Acadia University

Alberta University of the Arts

Algoma University

Ambrose University

Athabasca University

Bishop’s University

British Columbia Institute of Technology (Master’s/Bachelor’s/ISEP)

Brock University (LCBE/CCES)

Burman University

Canada Institute of Linguistics

Cape Breton University

Capilano University

Carleton University Undergraduate Admissions

City University of Seattle, Canada

Concordia University – Montreal

Concordia University of Edmonton

Crandall University

Dalhousie University

Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Halifax Language Institute of Canada

Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ)

Institut Supérieur d’Informatique

International Business University

JTB Educational Institute Of Canada (JEIC)

Justice Institute of British Columbia

KPU – Kwantlen Polytechnic University – Admissions

Lakehead University

Laurentian University

Lutheran Theological Seminary Saskatoon – Masters and Doctoral

MacEwan University

Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology Admissions

Marine Institute

McGill University

McMaster University

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Metalworks Institute

Mount Allison University

New York Institute of Technology at Vancouver Campus

Nipissing University

OCAD University

Ontario Tech University

Queen’s University

Quest University Canada

Redeemer University

Royal Roads University

Saint Mary’s University

Simon Fraser University

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)

St. Francis Xavier University

St. Stephen’s University

St. Thomas University

The King’s University

Thompson Rivers University

Toronto Metropolitan University

Toronto Metropolitan University International College (Navitas)

Trent University

Trinity Western University

UBC Sauder – Real Estate Division

University Canada West

University of Alberta

University of British Columbia

University of Calgary

University of Guelph

University of Lethbridge

University of Manitoba (ELC)

University of New Brunswick

University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC)

University of Ottawa

University of Regina

University of Saint Katherine

University of Saskatchewan

University of Saskatchewan – Edwards School of Business

University of the Fraser Valley

University of Toronto

University of Waterloo

University of Windsor

University of Winnipeg (PACE)

Vancouver Island University

Western University

Western University – Ivey Business School

Wilfrid Laurier University

York University

York University Schulich School of Business

Yorkville University

Yukon University

ABM College

Academy of Learning Calgary Central/Northeast/South

Academy of Learning Career College – Halifax Campus

Academy of Learning Edmonton South/West

Acsenda School of Management

Acces Emploi Alberta

Alberta Bible College

Alberta Business and Educational Services

Alexander College

Algonquin College

Alison College

Arbutus College

ARV Canada College

Ashton College

Assiniboine Community College

Axiom Career College

Bay River College

Beta College of Commerce & Technology

Booth University College

Bow Valley College (Health Care Aide for English Language Learners Program)

Brescia University College (English Language Program/Pre-College/Summer Program/Undergraduate)

Cambrian College

Camosun College

Canadian Business College

Canadian College for Higher Studies

Canadian College of Business and Technology (CCTB)

Canadian International Career College

Canadian Language Learning College (CLLC)

Canadian Southwestern College

Canada Talents

Canadore College

CBBC Career College

CDI College

Centennial College

Centre for Arts and Technology

Coast Mountain College

CodeCore College

Collège LaSalle

College of New Caledonia

College of the North Atlantic

College of the Rockies

Collège Universel

Columbia College Vancouver

Conestoga College

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Cumberland College

Dawson College

DEA Canadian College

Dorset College Canada

Douglas College

Durham College

East Coast Trades College Inc.

EduGlobal College

Eton College Canada

Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia (EGBC)

Fanshawe College

Fleming College

Fleming College Toronto

Focus College

Fraser International College (Navitas)

George Brown College Admissions

Georgian College

Glenbow College

Great Plains College

Hanson Canada College

Humber Institute of Technology and Applied Learning (Undergrad and Grad)

Huron University College

IBT College

International Gateway Kelowna

Island Career Academy

Kensley College

Keyano College

Lakeland College Undergraduate Admissions

Langara College

Lethbridge College

Liaison College

Lighthouse Labs

Loyalist College

MaKami College

Mama Doula Corporation Canada

Maritime Business College

Maritime College of Forest Technology

Medicine Hat College

Mentora College

Mohawk College

Montreal College of Information Technology

Musitechnic Formation

Natural Health Practitioners Of Canada Association

NetPLUS College of Information Technology

New Brunswick College of Craft and Design

New Brunswick Community College

Niagara College Canada Undergraduate, Graduate, & ESL

Niagara College – Toronto School of Management

Nightingale Academy

Nipawin Bible College

NIWE Academy

NorQuest College (FSFL)

North American Business College of Sciences & Languages

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Northern College

Northern Lights College

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Northwestern Polytechnic

Okanagan College

Olds College

Orane International College

Ordre des Acupuncteurs du Québec

Oulton College

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Pacific Rim College

Parkland College Canada

Peel College of Professional Studies

Polytechnique Montreal

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Randolph College For The Performing Arts

Red Deer Polytechnic

Red River College

Rosewood College

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Sault College

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Select Aviation

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Southeast College

Southern Ontario Dental College

Spectrum Airways

Sprott Shaw Language College

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Steinbach Bible College

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Surrey Community College

The Health Care Aide Academy

University College of the North

University of King’s College – Halifax

Vancouver Aviation College

Vancouver Community College

Wales Young Institute

Wellington College of Remedial Massage Therapies

Western Community College

Whistler Adventure School

Wilfrid Laurier International College (Navitas)

Windsong College of Healing Arts

YMCA of Greater Vancouver

YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka

United States of America

Abilene Christian University

Adams State University

Adelphi University

Alabama A&M University

Alfred University

Alliant International University

American National University-Lexington

Anderson University (South Carolina)

Arcadia University

Arizona State University

Atlanta University of Health Science

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Belmont University – Undergraduate and Graduate

Binghamton University (SUNY)

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Boston University Graduate and Professional Programs

Brenau University

Brown University Undergraduate Admissions

California Intercontinental University

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Carnegie Mellon University – Graduate/Undergraduate

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Cornell University Undergraduate Admissions

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Harvard University – Harvard Business School

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Alexandria Technical and Community College

Alma College

American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

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Art Center College of Design

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Carroll College Undergraduate Admissions

Central Community College

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Seattle Colleges

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Smith College

South Central College

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State Fair Community College

St. Francis College

St. John Fisher College

SUNY Broome Community College

Terra State Community College

The College of Idaho

The College of Saint Rose

Trinidad State College

Trinity College

University College at Washington University in St. Louis

Valencia College

Vermont Technical College

Washington and Jefferson College

Wayne State College

Western Dakota Technical College

West Valley College

Wheaton College (IL)

York County Community College

Abington Friends School

American Success at Kilgore College

Andrews Osborne Academy

Asheville School

Atlantic Christian School

Baylor School

Besant Hill School

Bishop Hendricken High School

Boston Trinity Academy

Brooks School

Calvary Lutheran High School

CATS Academy Boston

Choate Summer Programs

Columbia School of English

Concordia Academy

CSVPA (Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts)

CUNY School of Professional Studies (SPS)

Darrow School

Deerfield Academy

Developing Virtue Secondary School

EF Academy – New York

Elite Open School

Episcopal Academy

Flint Hill School

Garrison Forest School

George School

Grand River Academy

Harvard Extension School

Harvard Medical School

Higley Unified School District

IMG Academy

Indian Mountain School

Iolani School, Residential Summer Programs

Kingswood Oxford School

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Manlius Pebble Hill School

Marshall School

Maybeck High School

Millbrook School

Missouri Military Academy

New England Innovation Academy

New Hampton School

North Cross School

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Oregon Episcopal School

Pinewood High School

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Rice Memorial High School

Riverstone International School

Rocky Hill Country Day School

Ross School

Saint Thomas’ Episcopal School

Salem Academy

Santa Catalina School

Southlands Schools International, High School

Southwestern Academy

Stevenson School, Upper Division

Suffield Academy

The Athenian School

The Cambridge School of Weston

The Newman School

Thomas Jefferson School

University Liggett School

Waldorf School of Princeton

Washington Academy

Watkinson School

Wellington School

Western Reserve Academy

Woodward Academy

United Kingdom


Accellier Education

Acknowledge Education Pty Ltd.

Ad Astra Institute

Adelaide Institute of Business and Technology

AFTT (JMC) – Academy of Film, Theatre and Television – Vocational

Auscare Training Organisation

Australian College of Business Intelligence

Australian Institute of Advanced Studies

Australian Institute of Business Intelligence Higher Education

Australian Institute of Music

Australian National College

Australian Professional Skills Institute

Capital College

Clinton Institute

Curtin College – Perth

Danford College

Deakin College – Undergraduate and Foundation

Edinburgh International College (EIC)

Edith Cowan College

EQUALS International

Evolution Hospitality Institute

Global Learners

Greystone College – Australia

Griffith College – Australia

iEdu Study

Insight Academy Australia

Institute Of Business and Management (Victoria IBM)

Institute of Health & Management (IHM)

International College of Management, Sydney

Ironwood Institute

Kaplan Business School

La Trobe College Australia

Lead College

Medicus College

Menzies Institute of Technology

Milcom Institute

Monash College

National Academy of Professional Studies

National Training College of Australia

NIT Australia

Perth College of Business & Technology

Planetshakers College

Site Institute, Brisbane, Australia

Sydney Institute of Business and Technology

Sydney Metro College

TAFE International WA

Universal Business School Sydney

UNSW College

Vigil International College

Western Sydney University- International College (WSUIC)

West Melbourne Institute of Technology


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Advantages of the Duolingo English Test

  • Replacement for TOEFL and IELTS: The Duolingo English Test can substitute popular exams for university and college admissions, providing students with an alternative testing option.
  • Program Selection: Duolingo English Test results help students find educational programs and services that match their English language proficiency level.
  • Improved Employability: Test results can be included in a LinkedIn profile or resume, allowing employers to assess applicants’ English language skills.
  • International Recognition: The Duolingo English Test is accepted by over 4,000 universities worldwide, enabling students to applyto a wide range of institutions in different countries and regions.
  • Convenience and Accessibility: DET is taken online from home and costs only $59, while other tests have higher fees, such as $220 and above.
  • Free Trial Test: Duolingo provides a free trial test that allows students to try out the testing format and assess their English level before registering for the full exam.
  • Conciseness and Adaptability: The test is time-efficient and adaptive, tailoring itself to each student’s proficiency level for a more accurate assessment.
  • Scientific Research and Data Protection: The exam is based on scientific research and employs state-of-the-art data protection measures, ensuring reliable results and the safety of students’ personal information.
  • Comprehensive Language Proficiency Assessment: The Duolingo English Test offers a more comprehensive evaluation of language proficiency, including score breakdowns by categories, helping students identify their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Quick Results and Extensive Study Material: Duolingo provides rapid results and offers extensive study material to prepare for the test, aiding students in effective preparation and improving their English language skills.


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