Duolingo English Test 2021

Updated by: Nidhi bahl on Oct. 8, 2021, 10:54 a.m.

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About Duolingo English Test

Duolingo English Test is an innovative and unconventional certified English language test designed to let the test takers attempt the test from anywhere and at any time. The newest version of the Duolingo English Test was released on July 15, 2019. Unlike the other popular English language tests such as IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, the test takers need not visit a specific test centre to take the test. Once the test certificate is released, it can be sent to multiple institutes where the Duolingo English Test certificate is accepted. Presently, the Duolingo English Test is accepted at over 3,000 institutes worldwide for admissions.

Duolingo English Test is designed on demand for admissions at different universities abroad. The test is exceptionally useful during unpredictable times such as that of COVID-19, as it gives students the flexibility to take the test anywhere without worrying about travelling to the test centre.

The Duolingo English Test is a secure and transparent test, designed using Artificial Intelligence and Data Forensics technology to maintain transparency of the test. While taking the test, the face and ears of the test-takers must be visible, he/she cannot have communication with anyone else, he/she cannot look away from the screen and he cannot leave the test window on the web browser for any reason. All these are detected by Expert human proctors, with the help of AI.

How to Take Duolingo English Test

Taking the Duolingo English Test is an easy process. All you need to do is visit the official website of the Duolingo English Test and click ‘take the test’ to register for the test. Enter the necessary details and login for the test. The setup required to take the test is mentioned below:

  • A computer/laptop with a front-facing camera, speaker, and microphone.

  • A good stable internet connection

You will need a passport, driver's license, or government ID to attempt the Duolingo English Test. Additionally, candidates need to pay the registration fee of $49 before starting the Duolingo English Test. Make sure you attempt the test in a quiet and well-lit room. Ensure that there is no disturbance for 60 minutes till you complete the test.

Highlights of Duolingo English Test

Here are the major highlights of the Duolingo English Test.

Test Organizer


Test Format



1 hour


2 years

No of attempts


Score Range

10 - 160

Registration Test


Institutions accepting Duolingo English Test



Adaptive test (45 minutes)

A video interview (10 minutes)

Why should I take the Duolingo English Test?

You can think of taking the Duolingo English Test if it is accepted at the institution of your choice where you wish to take admission. However, there are numerous reasons why you should take the Duolingo English Test as explained here.

  • The Duolingo English Test certificate is accepted at over 3,000 institutions in countries like the USA, UK, UAE, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, etc.

  • You can take the test anywhere with a laptop or a computer with a good, stable internet connection.  

  • The registration fee for a Duolingo English Test is less, compared to other tests. The one-time fee for the Duolingo English Test is $49.

  • The test result is released within 2 days of taking the test, thus giving students more preparation time for the Duolingo English Test.

  • You can send the Duolingo English Test results to every school on your list without any extra charges.

  • The Duolingo English Test is secure, transparent, and convenient to attempt. The integration of expert intervention and the use of advanced technology like AI and Data Forensics makes the test easy to take while also making it secure and transparent.

FAQs About Duolingo English Test

Q. Which colleges/universities accept Duolingo English Test scores?

A. Duolingo English Test scores are accepted worldwide by thousands of colleges and universities that are in partnership with Duolingo. The test score is accepted for admission purposes at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Check out the list of popular universities accepting Duolingo Test Score on the DET Participating Colleges page.

Q. Is the Duolingo English Test a secure test?

A. The Duolingo English Test is an AI-based test. Before taking the test, the identification of the test-taker is verified. The ID and the face of the test-taker are scanned remotely for verification.

Duolingo does not own, support or control any third-party websites, services, or other events or activities. The personal information collected from the test-taker is used solely for identification, test verification and security purposes. Duolingo aims at maintaining the reliability and accuracy of the test using advanced technologies and upgrading its versions at frequent intervals.

Q. Is the Duolingo English Test a reliable test for English language proficiency?

A. Duolingo English Test uses Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence technology to ensure that the test is reliable and secure. The test-taker needs to follow the guidelines specified and abide by certain rules like the face must be uncovered, no suspicious items must be used while taking the test, the test-taker cannot communicate with a second person while taking the test etc. The ID and photographs are taken remotely for authentication purposes.

Q. What is the difference between the Duolingo English Test and other English Language Tests like IELTS or TOEFL?

A. Unlike IELTS and TOEFL, the Duolingo English Test can only be taken at home in online mode. There is no fixed date to take the test. Candidates can register for the online test just before attempting the test. The process is also fast, which means that the test result is released in the form of a certificate within two days of taking the test. Additionally, the registration fee for the Duolingo English Test is also less. It costs only $49 to take a single Duolingo English Test.

Q. Can I take the Duolingo English Test more than once a month?

A. You can get the Duolingo English Test certified twice a month. In case, you take the test but are not certified, it is not considered in the limit. The gap between two Duolingo English Test certificates should be 30 days.

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