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What Is the Duolingo English Test?
an online exam that you take on your personal computer
it tests all four language skills: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing.
The test is adaptive, if you answer a question correctly, the next one gets harder. If you answer it wrong, the next one gets easier. This means that the exam can pinpoint your ability level quickly—that’s why it only takes around an hour to complete!
you can take the Duolingo English Test from your computer but (nobody else in the room, you can’t take notes)
it also costs $49.
Why Should I Take the Duolingo English Test?
There’s a good reason to take the exam:
TOEFL allows you to send your results to four universities for free,
while IELTS allows you to send your results to five, After that, there’s a fee of $20 per report for the TOEFL and a similar fee (which varies by location) for IELTS.
Duolingo doesn’t charge for additional score reports. So in many cases, it may actually be cheaper to take the Duolingo test in addition to the TOEFL or IETLS.
The test is a lot shorter—around an hour max, compared to around three hours for TOEFL and IELTS—and that’s not even counting travel time for the latter exams!
Who Accepts the Duolingo English Test?
top U.S. universities now accept it in place of the IELTS or TOEFL. This includes Yale, Duke, Columbia, and many other leading schools....
How Should I Prepare for the Duolingo English Test?
It’s tricky to prepare for the Duolingo exam, as it measures everything from how natural your intonation is to your ability to accurately describe a photo you’ve never seen before! However, there are a few things you can do to ensure you’re ready to take it.
The best thing you can do for your score on the Duolingo exam is to work on your overall English proficiency using high-level materials. This includes reading well-written articles (think The New Yorker ), listening to podcasts in English, and having as many conversations as you can with your teachers.
Because the Duolingo English test will present you with unusual item types, it’s really important to take the short (10-minute) practice test first. This will familiarize you with what you’ll see on the actual exam.
How Do I Take the Test?
Just because you’re at home, it doesn’t mean that rules go out the window! In fact, Duolingo has some pretty stringent rules in place to make sure that you’re the one taking the test—without any additional help.
You’ll need to be alone; nobody else can be in the room with you or speak to you during the exam.
You can’t navigate away from the browser window for the length of the test (it may be helpful to go into full-screen mode to prevent this!).
You have to show your ears for the entire test, so get an elastic band ready if your hair is long.
There are other guidelines to follow, so make sure you read them through before sitting for the exam.
you can’t take any notes.
How Is the Test Scored?
It is computer-scored.
Once the exam is over, you’ll receive a score from 10-160. This is a holistic score, not broken down by section. Top programs may require a score above 120, but requirements vary, so check with each school.
What Happens After I Take the Duolingo English Test?
After you complete the exam, it’s sent to the proctors, and you’ll receive an email letting you know when you’ll get your scores (48 hours, although mine arrived in 24—and over the holidays, too). When your scores are ready, you’ll get another email notifying you, though you’ll also be able to check into your home page on the site to check.
You can take two “certified” tests within a 30-day period. A certified test is any test you complete and receive a score on.
Scores are then valid for two years.