Duolingo English Test

Duolingo Exam - Exam Pattern

The Duolingo English Test has a different exam pattern than IELTS, TOEFL and PTE, as there is no partition of questions based on Reading, Listening, Speaking and Listening documents. Duolingo exam questions are interactive and test your considerable skills in a single question. The exam will be conducted in Online mode only. Hence you can attempt it from anywhere.

Sections

Here is a detailed overview of what you should expect in the Duolingo English Test (DET) of 1 hour.

  1. Quick Setup (5 mins) - You will be given time to read the instructions carefully, verify your Live photo, and submit a copy of your passport through the webcam. Meanwhile, you can also test your webcam, speaker, and microphone. You must ensure nobody is in the room during the exam.
  2. Adaptive test(45 mins)
  3. Writing & Speaking sample (10 mins)
    • Writing Sample (3-5 mins) - After reading the topic on the screen for 30 seconds, you must prepare your response. Once prepared, you have 5 minutes to write about the topic. There is no word limit. The questions will remain visible once you start the task.
    • Speaking Sample (1-3 mins) - You have 30 seconds to read the given topic on the screen and prepare the answer. Once ready, you must talk about the subject for a minimum of 1 min and a maximum of 3 minutes. Once you begin the task, the questions will still be visible

Adaptive Test (45 mins)

Here are the adaptive test question types of the Duolingo English Test.

  1. Read & Complete
    Time Limit: 3 mins
    Subscores: Literacy, Comprehension
  2. Read & Select
    Time Limit: 1 min
    Subscores: Literacy, Comprehension
  3. Listen & Select
    Time Limit: 1.5 mins
    Subscores: Comprehension, Conversation
  4. Listen & Type
    Time Limit: 1 min
    Subscores: Comprehension, Conversation
  5. Read Aloud
    Time Limit: 20 secs
    Subscores: Comprehension, Conversation
  6. Complete the Sentences
    Time Limit: 8 minutes for all 6 Interactive Reading questions
    Subscores: Literacy, Comprehension
  7. Complete the Passage
    Time Limit: 8 minutes for all 6 Interactive Reading questions
    Subscores: Literacy, Comprehension
  8. Highlight the Answer
    Time Limit: 8 minutes for all 6 Interactive Reading questions
    Subscores: Literacy, Comprehension
  9. Identify the Idea
    Time Limit: 8 minutes for all 6 Interactive Reading questions
    Subscores: Literacy, Comprehension
  10. Title the Passage
    Time Limit: 8 minutes for all 6 Interactive Reading questions
    Subscores: Literacy, Comprehension
  11. Write about the Photo
    Time Limit: 1 min
    Subscores: Production, Literacy
  12. Read, Then Write
    Time Limit: 5 mins
    Subscores: Production, Literacy
  13. Speak about the Photo
    Time Limit: 1.5 mins
    Subscores: Production, Conversation
  14. Read, Then Speak
    Time Limit: 1.5 mins
    Subscores: Conversation, Production
  15. Listen, Then Speak
    Time Limit: 1.5 mins
    Subscores: Conversation, Production

Writing Sample (5 mins)

Total Questions: 1
Time Limit: 5 mins
SubScores: Production, Literacy
Question Tips
  • Use all your time and proofread carefully
  • Practice good Writing Habits
  • Think about the topic as an eassy

Speaking Sample (3 mins)

Total Questions: 1
Time Limit: 3 mins
Question Tips
  • Don't get distracted by the timer. Some student panic by looking over their spare time.
  • The speaking sample is sent as a video recording so that the expert can see your response and the topic.
  • Think about the topic as an eassy

Rules of Duolingo English Test (DET)

  • Your computer/laptop must meet the minimum requirements of the DET exam, such as Windows/macOS, Browser, Webcam, Speaker, and Microphone.
  • You must have your Passport/Government Id available in the physical format.
  • You must look into the laptop the whole time you are attempting the test
  • You cannot make a note of anything
  • You cannot go back to the previous question.
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