Duolingo English Test Preparation
Duolingo English Test Preparation
Want to Study Abroad without IELTS/TOEFL? Duolingo English Test is the best and affordable option for you.
Duolingo English Test (DET) is an alternative to other English proficiency tests like IELTS or TOEFL. It is more convenient, less costly, more flexible, fast results and accepted by thousands of universities in US, UK, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Newzealand & more.
- Easy Exam Format
- Online Exam (You can take this from your home/office)
- 1 Hour Exam Time
- Get Result in 2 Days
- Duolingo Score Valid for 2 Year
- Affordable Exam Fees only US $49 or approx. INR 3760/- (as compare to IELTS fees INR 14000/-)
Note: Due to COVID-19 many universities are accepting Duolingo English Test and also offering extra benefits such as: LOR not require, No application fee, discount on tuition fee etc.
What Is the Duolingo English Test?
The Duolingo English Test is an online exam that you take on your personal computer. Like the TOEFL and IELTS, it tests all four language skills: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing. However, you’ll find these skills tested in pretty revolutionary ways! Take a look at “What Does the Test Involve?” below to find out what it looks like.
The test is adaptive, which has some significant consequences for test-takers. Basically, if you answer a question correctly, the next one gets harder. If you answer it wrong, the next one gets easier. This means that, with relatively few questions, the exam can pinpoint your ability level quickly—that’s why it only takes around an hour to complete!
Unlike traditional English exams, you can take the Duolingo English Test from your computer. Of course, there are lots of caveats (nobody else in the room, you can’t take notes—see “How Do I Take the Test?” below), but because this means that the company isn’t paying for test centers or computers, it also means that it only ends up costing you $49.
Why Should I Take the Duolingo English Test?
Students have been really excited about this new testing option (Take it in your bedroom! In your pajamas! Right now!) but may still hesitate to take it. For example, if you’re applying to a ton of colleges, chances are that at least some of them won’t accept Duolingo yet, while they’re all likely to accept the TOEFL or IELTS (see “Who Accepts the Duolingo English Test?” below).
But even if this is the case for you, there’s still a good reason to take the exam: the cost for additional score reports.
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.
Right now, Duolingo is primarily used in U.S. undergrad admissions. However, the test has various purposes. Some businesses have also begun to use it to verify the English levels of applicants, particularly in the hospitality field. Because it’s not focused either on academia or the workplace per se, the test has a variety of applications to different fields.
Finally, Duolingo could be a good option for you if you don’t do well on traditional English exams. The format is completely different and may be more intuitive for you. Furthermore, 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!
How Is the Duolingo English Test Different from the IELTS?
Even though they’re both computer-based tests, there are many differences between the Duolingo exam and the IELTS. Those differences go far beyond the location, timing, and price!
The first thing you’ll notice is that Duolingo item types look totally different than traditional test items. There aren’t long texts to read, listen to, or write about.