The Duolingo English Test is an online exam that candidates can take on their personal computers. Candidates need to prove English language proficiency can give the Duolingo English Test which can be taken online from anywhere anytime. Like conventional study abroad exams IELTS and PTE, it also tests all the four language skills Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking. In this post, we will inform you of everything about the Duolingo test and whether you should take it or not.
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.
Candidates can take the test from their home and no appointment needed for taking the test, as candidates can take it anytime anywhere as per their convenience. It also has an upgraded section where candidates can take a video interview of 10 minutes and record their answers to open-ended questions.


  • A home-based, computerized and proctored online English proficiency test.
  • Available on demand.
  • Time: 60 Minutes.
  • Results are available within 48 hours.
  • Validity: 2 years.
  • Results are accessible by the institutions directly from Duolingo secure dashboard only.
  • Recognition: Globally recognized by over 1000 institutes in USA, Canada, UK, Australia and other European countries.
  • A number of 15 minute free practice tests available on the website.

Technical and other requirements.

Laptop or desktop computer required. Does not work on mobile/tablet. The test only works on Google chrome or Opera. Other browsers do not support the test. Require a working webcam and microphone. Instructions to check if Microphone and camera are working properly. Disable browser plug-ins/ add-ons/ extensions.


A clear picture of a valid ID document such as passport and the test taker is required to be taken and uploaded at the time of the test.

Rules for taking the test :

While taking the Duolingo English Test, you will need to comply with the following rules :

  • Make sure you are alone in a quiet, well-lit room.
  • Make sure your ears are always visible and not covered (e.g. covered by hair, a hat, etc.).
  • Make sure your face is visible and not obscured by sunglasses or other accessories.
  • Do not wear headphones or earphones.
  • Do not use any outside materials, including mobile devices, notes, or textbooks.
  • Do not communicate with anyone else.
  • Do not use any writing utensils or paper.
  • Do not leave the test window on your web browser for any reason.
  • Do not look away from the screen.
  • If you violate any of these rules, Duolingo reserves the right to invalidate your test results and take more severe measures as listed on this page.

Test Format :

  • There are no specific sections in which the test is divided, but it assesses all the four skills; reading, writing, listening and speaking through various items.
  • Each question is time bound. Number of items per question type is not fixed nor in order. Types of Questions :

Types of questions