Duolingo English Test (DET) 2022: Exam Dates, Fees, Registration, Eligibility, Syllabus, Results


Piyush Kohli

Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

Updated on May 19, 2022 12:49 IST

The Duolingo English Test is an online exam that candidates can take on their personal computers. Candidates who need to prove English language proficiency can give the Duolingo English Test which can be taken online from anywhere anytime. Like conventional study abroad exams TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE, it also tests all the four language skills Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. In this post, we will inform you of everything about the Duolingo test and whether you should take it or not.

The test is adaptive which means the difficulty level of the test increases with every correct answer and the next question becomes easier if your answer is wrong. Although the test duration is only around an hour but only with a few questions it can test the ability of the test taker quickly.

Candidates can take the test from their home and no appointment is needed for taking the test, as candidates can take it anytime anywhere at their convenience. It also has an upgraded section where candidates can take a video interview of 10 minutes and record their answers to open-ended questions.

Why Duolingo English Test?

During the time of the COVID-19 crisis when students are not able to give the English Language Proficiency exams in the test center, Duolingo offers them the opportunity to attempt the test from their homes. Although not all the colleges are accepting the Duolingo test scores.

Currently, the Duolingo exam is majorly used for admission to undergraduate programs in the US. IELTS and TOEFL exams are accepted by thousands of programs. Also, with Duolingo, one can send scores to as many educational institutions as one wants for free, whereas, with IELTS and TOEFL exams one has to pay an additional fee for sending score reports to any educational institution other than what they are allowed at the time of registration.

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Duolingo Highlights

Exam Name


Duolingo Full form

Duolingo English Test

Official Website


Most popular for

Study, work, and migration to English speaking countries like USA and Canada

Also accepted by

UK, Australia, and New Zealand

Conducted by


Mode of Exam

Computer (Online)

Duolingo Fee

$49 (INR 3800)


45 minutes


24-48 hours

How can I take the Duolingo test?

You can take the test online anywhere, anytime. Candidates need not travel to a test center for attempting this test. Candidates can take the test from their home at their convenience they just need some necessary equipment to give it.

As candidates will be taking the test from their home, Duolingo makes sure that candidates follow the stringent rules it had set in place, so, you take the test without any kind of help. Candidates need to be alone in the room while taking the test and nobody should be talking to them at the time of the test. Also, aspirants can't navigate from the browser at the time of taking the test. Apart from this, there are other sets of rules which you need to follow while taking the exam.


  • The test can be completed in 1 hour and get results within 2 days (48 hours) and share with anyone immediately
  • Accepted by more than 1000 institutions worldwide
  • Candidates can receive their score for only $49
  • Candidates can send their score reports to as many institutes as they want for free
  • Candidates need to have the necessary equipment and set up for registering for this test. Apart from this, candidates can use their driving license or government ID other than the passport to register for the test

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Test duration

The total test duration is 1 hour. 45 minutes for the adaptive test where all your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills are tested. Also, there is a video interview of 10 minutes that records your answers to open-ended questions.

Duolingo English Test Fee

This is the most affordable certification test. You can take the test and interview for $49.

Duolingo English Test Pattern


Skills tested


Adaptive test

A graded section that evaluates your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills

45 minutes

Video interview

An ungraded section that records your answers to open-ended questions

10 minutes

Duolingo English Test Result

You can get the results within 48 hours or 2 days of completing the Duolingo test and share it with anyone and as many schools immediately.

How the Duolingo test is scored?

The Duolingo English Test is a computer-based test and is designed to assess real-world language ability by measuring Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking skills. The test taker proficiency is measured as a holistic score on a scale of 10-160.

Once the exam is over, the candidate receives a score from 10-160. This is a complete score and not a section-wise score. Usually, top programs ask for a score of more than 120. You may require to check how you scored in comparison to the IELTS or TOEFL test scores.

What is the highest possible Fluency Badge score?

A fluency score is an estimate of one's fluency in the language that he is learning. As per Duolingo, one can achieve fluency as high as 50-60% with it. The fluency score increases over time as one learns more words and strengthens his skills.

Who accepts the Duolingo English Test?

According to Duolingo, thousands of institutions worldwide accept it. Hundreds of educational institutions in the US even some of the top universities like Columbia Universitythe University of ChicagoDuke University, and Yale University accept the Duolingo English Test scores.

How to prepare for the Duolingo English Test?

You need to prepare yourself for taking the Duolingo exam. You should work on improving all the aspects of reading to listening. You can listen to English podcasts and read articles from top magazines and newspapers and also practice by having a conversation in English with someone with native English speakers.

In addition, you can also take a sample test and get familiar with the types of questions you are going to get in the real test. You can take the sample test free on Duolingo's website. You can take the test as many times as you want. Read more on Duolingo English Test Preparation Tips here

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Send Duolingo Test Scores

You will get the scores within 48 hours of completing the test. Once you get the scores, you can send them to educational institutions from the results page. Also, there is no limit to sending the score reports, you can send them to as many schools as you want.

Test requirements

  • Passport, driver's license, or government ID
  • A computer
  • A well-lit room
  • A reliable internet connection

Hardware/Software requirements

  • A supported browser (Chrome or Opera)
  • A microphone
  • A front-facing camera
  • Speakers

Difference between Duolingo English Test and TOEFL Exam

The items of the Duolingo test are often brief in comparison to other English Language Proficiency Exams. Whereas, the TOEFL exam focuses on scenarios you are going to witness in the real world, particularly in academics. Also, questions in the TOEFL exam are divided into different sections of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking whereas the Duolingo test includes all types of questions in one exam. This also means you have to adapt quickly to solve the next question. If one question tests your Reading skills then the other one may test your Listening skills. Also, the Duolingo test is adaptive which means the difficulty level of questions is related to the previous question, whereas, in the TOEFL exam, the difficulty level does not have anything with your previous answers.

Difference between Duolingo English Test and IELTS Exam

Duolingo test can be given in one attempt whereas the IELTS exam is given generally over a two-day period. Also, there are various differences in the format of both exams. Although both the exams test all the four skills of the English language, however, you will not see long texts in the Duolingo exam. IELTS exam tests the candidate through essay questions, short answers, and multiple-choice questions while the Duolingo test the candidate's ability to use intonation and knowledge of idioms.

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What happens after the test?

Once you complete the test, it is sent to the proctors and the candidate receives an email stating when he will get the scores (48 hours). When the scores are ready, the candidate is notified through an email. Candidates can take two certified tests within a 30-day period. A certified test is a usual test that you give and get scores. If, in case you face any technical issue during the exam, it will not be counted against the two-time limit.

Duolingo scores are valid for two years. Once you receive your scores you can send them to the educational institutions straight from the results page and there is no limit to sending the score reports. You can send the score report to as many institutions as you want.

Why do we need a new English Test?

The process of taking the English Language Proficiency test can be hard for some students. Students need to travel long distances ad schedule the test weeks or in some cases months in advance for taking the test. Also, the cost of the test goes to hundreds of dollars.

Duolingo exam uses technology to make education accessible to everyone. With the use of modern-day technology, it is not difficult or expensive to certify their English skills. Therefore, Duolingo comes with an exam that is affordable, convenient, and fast.

Duolingo English Test FAQs

There is no limit to take the Duolingo exam, however, one cannot take it more than twice in a period of 30 days.

Is Duolingo easier than TOEFL?

It is a myth that Duolingo is easier than TOEFL. This test is based on an adaptive algorithm that determines a candidate's level of English. While closely look at the Duolingo sample questions you can observe that they adapt to the candidate's level.

Is Duolingo accepted in the USA?

With more than new 1,000 programs that have started accepting the Duolingo, now more than 2,000 institutions accept the Duolingo English test more than 70% of these are located in the US.

Is 130 a good Duolingo score?

Duolingo score is based on a scale of 10-160. If you score more than 120 then it means you can understand written and spoken language. It signifies that you can use it for academic or professional purposes.

How is Duolingo scored?

Duolingo checks the proficiency of candidates as a holistic score on a scale of 10-160 with 5 point increments. Test results include an overall score as well as subscores of Conversation, Comprehension, Literacy, and Production.

Does Harvard accept Duolingo?

Harvard uses English as a medium of instruction. It accepts  IELTS, TOEFL,  PTE, and Duolingo English tests for giving admission.

What is a good Duolingo score?

A score of 120 or more is considered a good Duolingo score. You can also check the score interpretation  here

Is Duolingo easier than IELTS?

Although Duolingo is shorter than IELTS, however, one needs to have good language skills to answer the questions within the specified time frame. The difficulty level of any test is subjective, and Duolingo is also as hard as the other two English language proficiency tests IELTS like TOEFL.

Is Duolingo hard?

Difficulty level of any exam can be subjective. The test is based on an adaptive algorithm that determines a candidate's level of English proficiency. Also, the test is as difficult as other popular English proficiency exams IELTS, TOEFL, and PTE.

What does Duolingo assesses?

It measures the English language proficiency for communicating in English. It monitors the candidate's ability to use the language skills for literacy, conversation, comprehension, and production.

Can one become fluent with Duolingo?

You will learn new words and sentences while preparing for the exam, but you need to have a conversation with someone regularly to become fluent.




parvinder kaur

6 days ago

After book the exam. How much days the exam is valid to attempt. Please reply me?

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4 weeks ago

Is any of negative comment on Quora about Duolingo English test true ?

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

4 weeks ago

Hi Aman, someone may have negative experience but if the university is accepting Duolingo marks then you can take the exam.



8 months ago

Is it acceptable in visa application to Canada



Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

a month ago

Hi Akshay, if the DLI (designated learning institution) accepts the Duolingo scores, you need not give any other English test to obtain a study permit.

Tanmay Jamkhedkar

8 months ago

How many universities accept Duolingo in the UK for Masters in Hospitality.

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chilla srinu

2 months ago

Do have get any clarity on this?


Keyur Bhayani

8 months ago

hi i had done my ielts exam and the score is overall 5 band,now i want to do duolingo exam can you give me some usefulful tips, i need the score is 110 in duolingo so how can i build up my score .can you help me please.

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

8 months ago

Hi Keyur, please go through the above article this will help you in preparation and solve sample papers once you finish with the whole syllabus this will give you an idea about the questions you are going to face in the test.

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