About the Test

The Duolingo English Test is an online exam that you take on your personal computer. Like another study abroad exams TOEFL and IELTS, it also tests all four language skills: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. However, these skills are assessed in different ways.

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 few questions it can test the ability of the test taker quickly.

The good news is that the Candidates can take the test from their home at anytime anywhere as per their convenience and also it is comparatively cheaper than other exams.

Why take Duolingo test?

In this current pandemic situation 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 USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Ireland, China, Japan, Qatar, Thailand and other European countries. While IELTS and TOEFL exams are accepted by thousands of programs.

How will you be assessed?

The Duolingo English Test measures English proficiency and reports scores on a scale out of 160 in 5-point increments. Test results include an overall score as well as sub scores of Literacy, Conversation, Comprehension, and Production.

Overall Scores



  • Can understand very basic English words and phrases.
  • Can understand straightforward information and express themselves in familiar contexts.



  • 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.



  • 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.



  • 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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