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The Duolingo English Test is a new, modern English proficiency assessment for today’s international students and institutions. The test is available online, on demand. You don’t have to make an appointment or travel to a test center—you can take the test from your home via a computer and webcam.

The test is administered using computer adaptive technology, meaning that the question difficulty adapts to each test taker. The test also integrates a video interview and writing sample, which are sent to an institution when you send your results along with your proficiency score.

The entire test experience takes just under an hour, and test results are certified within 48 hours. Hundreds of universities around the world accept the Duolingo English Test, and can send your score reports to as many of them as you want, for free.

On Test Date

Duration
Description
Quick setup 5 minutesAn introduction that walks you through the test rules and requirements
Adaptive test45 minutesA graded section that evaluates your reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills
Video interview10 minutesAn ungraded section that records your answers to open-ended questions

The Duolingo English Test is designed to assess real-world language ability, by measuring reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Each test taker’s proficiency is reported as a holistic score on a scale from 10 – 160.

Score
Description
10 – 55

  • Can understand very basic English words and phrases.

  • Can understand straightforward information and express themselves in familiar contexts.

60 – 85

  • Can understand the main points of concrete speech or writing on routine matters such as work and school.

  • Can describe experiences, ambitions, opinions, and plans, although with some awkwardness or hesitation.

90 – 115

  • Can fulfill most communication goals, even on unfamiliar topics.

  • Can understand the main ideas of both concrete and abstract writing.

  • Can interact with proficient speakers fairly easily.

120 – 160

  • Can understand a variety of demanding written and spoken language including some specialized language use situations.

  • Can grasp implicit, figurative, pragmatic, and idiomatic language.

  • Can use language flexibly and effectively for most social, academic, and professional purposes.

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Which schools or institutions accept the Duolingo English Test?

Duolingo partners with institutions across the globe, including hundreds of universities and secondary schools who accept the Duolingo English Test as part of their admissions process. To see a full list of accepting institutions and how they use the Duolingo English Test, please visit this page.

When and where can I take the Duolingo English Test?

You can take the Duolingo English Test anytime and anywhere, as long as you have the necessary technical requirements and test environment.

How often can I take the Duolingo English Test?

You may receive certified results for up to two tests in a 30-day period, which starts on the completion date of your first certified test. If you complete a test and your results are not certified, it will not count against this limit.

How long are my Duolingo English Test results valid for?

Results for the Duolingo English Test are valid for two years.

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