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The Duolingo English Test (DET) is an online English proficiency test that measures a person's ability to communicate effectively in English. It was developed by the language learning platform, Duolingo, and is used by universities, employers, and other organizations to assess the English language skills of non-native speakers.

The DET is designed to be taken entirely online and can be completed in approximately 60 minutes. The test consists of a series of interactive tasks that assess a person's ability to read, write, listen, and speak in English. The test is adaptive, meaning the difficulty level adjusts based on the test taker's responses, and results are available within 48 hours. The result can be expedited to 12 hours by paying $40 extra at the time of registration.

The DET is becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to traditional English proficiency tests like TOEFL and IELTS, as it is more accessible and affordable, and can be taken from anywhere with an internet connection. As per Duolingo, DET is accepted at more than 4000 institutions worldwide

Name Duolingo English Test
Acronym DET
Conducted By Duolingo
Eligibility Minimum 13 years of age
Test Duration 1 hour
Mode Computer-based Exam
Required For English Proficiency Exam
Fees US$59 [₹4899]
Validity 2 years
Result 48 hours after Exam
Official Website https://englishtest.duolingo.com


Today, the DET is accepted by over 4,000 institutions worldwide and has been taken by millions of test takers in over 190 countries. The test is recognized by many universities and immigration agencies, and is becoming increasingly popular as a flexible, affordable, and reliable alternative to traditional English proficiency tests.


To attempt the Duolingo English Test, you must be at least 13 years of age and have national identity proof, such as a passport. As this is an Online test, you must have a computer/laptop with a front-facing camera, speaker, microphone and stable internet connection.

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Exam Pattern

It is divided into three parts. The Duolingo exam lasts 1 hour, where 5 minutes is given for Quick Introduction, 50 mins for Adaptive Test and 10 minutes for Speaking and Writing sample.

  • In the Quick Introduction, you will be guided to test your system, read instructions, upload a passport copy and click photo.
  • In the Adaptive test, you have to attempt multiple interactive questions based on Reading, Listening, Writing and Listening. There are many different types of questions to test your skills. Each question has different timing, and you must answer within the timeframe.
  • Speaking and Writing sample, you will have 5 minutes for the writing task and 3 minutes for speaking. The speaking section will not be evaluated and can be viewed by University/College or concerned Institution for their purpose.


The DET is the cheapest among all English proficiency tests available worldwide, priced at only US$59 per attempt. If you want to attempt it twice for better scores, you can get a bundle of two exams at US$98. The usual result takes 48 hours to publish, but if you are in a hurry, you can expedite the checking and get results within 12 hours by paying US$40 extra per attempt.


The Duolingo English Test is conducted; hence, you must register online. To get started, you must first visit the Duolingo website and register yourself. After registration, you must complete the basic survey and pay the exam fees. You can start the exam anytime within 21 days of payment.

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Results & Score

The result of DET is declared within 48 hours of the attempt unless you pay extra for expedited. The result is provided online and in pdf, hence easily shareable. Any university or college can easily verify the scorecard using the QR code or opening an online link. You can also request Duolingo to share your result with particular universities without any charges if required.

The DET overall score ranges between 10 and 160. It has 4 skill scores Literacy, Comprehension, Conversation and Production. They also vary between 10 and 160 with increments of 5. The Duolingo score of 105-115 is equivalent to 6 bands in IELTS, and 115 equals 82-86 in TOEFL.

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