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Last updated: 09/10/2022

What is the Duolingo English Test?

The Duolingo English Test is a modern assessment of English proficiency  for today’s international students and institutions. The exam is available online upon request. There’s no need to make an appointment or travel to a testing center—you can take the test from the comfort of your own home using a computer and webcam. 

The test is administered using adaptive computing technology, which means that the difficulty of the question is adjusted for each test-taker. The test also integrates a video interview and a writing sample that are sent  to an Institution along with your performance evaluation when you request to submit your results to your desired institutions.

Test Format

The exam portion of the Duolingo English Test contains a series of speaking, reading, writing, and listening exercises. This portion is scored. The second portion of the exam consists of a scored writing sample and an unscored speaking sample. In each section, the test taker will be given a prompt and must speak or write about those topics. 

The exam tests your English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in a single 1 hour session. 

The test requires some security measures, so the test is administered in your home anywhere in the world where no one is to enter your closed door room during test. 

The test is computer based, meaning you’ll have to read and listen to prompts and enter your answers into a computer. 

The test measures what is called as “real life english”. In other words, they try to mimic what you’ll encounter in the real world as closely as possible. Some examples of how they do this is to include speakers with accents and use content from real lectures (instead of some made up script meant to be a lecture). 

The test tries to integrate the different skills (speaking and writing, for example) as much as possible.

The Sections of the Duolingo English Test (These are not seperate but randomly throughout test we have taken total average duration spent on each type)

Section 1: Reading & Selecting

Time: 38 – 39.2 minutes

Questions: Various different types of questions such as select and fill blanks, highligting, etc.

Section 2: Listening

Time: 4 mins

Questions: Various different types of questions such as listen and speak, listen and fill blank etc.

Section 3: Writing

Time: 11 minutes

Section 4: Speaking

Time: 7.5 minutes

Overall you can expect time of 60 minutes split like this;

5 minutes entering your identification and review the test rules and requirements, 45 minutes on the test material and 10 minutes on writing and speaking sample that are shared with institutions alongside your score. 


What is the latest Duolingo English Exam dates?

Exams are usually available 24/7 and can be taken at any time you prefer and results usually comeout in 48hours from test date. 

What is Duolingo English Test Price or Fees?

The exam costs $49 per sitting. Where you will get 1 credit which will give you 3 attempts to sit exam. 2 additional attempts given incase your unable to complete exam due to Interenet Issues, technical issues etc.


What is Requirements To Do The English Test?

You must have;

  • Your passport, driver’s license or government ID
  • A quiet, well-lit room
  • 60 minutes of free time
  • A reliable internet connection
  • A computer

Your computer must have;

  • Windows or macOS
  • A front-facing camera
  • A microphone
  • Speakers

How to prepare for the Duolingo English Exam?

 1. Take a scored practice test 

We always recommend taking an Official Scored Practice Test. These, recently updated tests include questions and content used in past tests, and follow the exact same timing and format as a the real exam.  

Better yet, they’re scored. After completing the practice test, you get a Score Report delivered to you the next day – helping you understand what areas you need to improve on for exam day.  

2. Read through this entire article and follow all instructions and then watch the video we provide to get full idea of test in action.

3. Read the official guide here before exam to prepare as well

4. Read and understand all test rules

5. Improve your vocabulary by going to this world list and read each one by one and check if you know how to spell them and their meanings this would really help you

6. Increase your typing speed use this

How much is Duolingo Exam scored out of?

Scores are on a scale from 10 – 160
Time taken per question does not affect your score.
Subscores highlight your skill ability in precise areas.
Each certificate has a unique stable link that can be shared.
Overall rankings consist of a standard description of what you could do.
You will not be penalized more for entering an incorrect response to a question rather than skipping the question. For c-test questions, you will receive the same score for a blank or an incorrect response. For listen/transcription questions, you will be penalized more for omitting a word than mistyping the word.

How much do you need to pass Duolingo Exam? 

There is no such passing score for the Duolingo English Test. The minimum score is 10. The score required by your instuition may vary commonly we have seen most instiutions look for a score of 110/160.


What is a good Duolingo score?

Scores above 120 are told to be good.

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