The Duolingo English Test (DET) is a validation test of English as a foreign language that stands out for its agility, flexibility and price. It is precisely for this reason that its acceptance is growing rapidly among schools and students around the world.

Currently, according to Duolingo sources, the DET is accepted by 3500 institutions.

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What you should know about the Duolingo English Test

The Duolingo English Test is a very recent validation test. At EPIC we have prepared a summary of the main questions we are frequently asked by our students about the DET.

What is the Duolingo English Test?

The Duolingo English Test is an online test generated by a predictive model based on the candidate’s answers. Unlike other level validation exams, the DET is taken consecutively with no breaks in between.

It is divided into 2 sections: the adaptive test and the video interview. The duration of the test is 1 hour, with the first part lasting 45 minutes and the second 10 minutes. The remaining 5 minutes are devoted to an explanation of the exam.

The DET is a different kind of exam. Do not get confused and think it’s easier. If that was true, do you think that institutions such as Harvard, Columbia or Stanford would accept its results? We recommend that you read our post on the Duolingo test rules to avoid further problems on test date.

How to prepare for the DET?

Duolingo is agile, fast, economical and many other things, but it is not a simple exam. You should bear in mind that it is accepted by prestigious educational centers, and this is because it effectively tests the candidate’s level. The difficulty of the DET will ALWAYS depend on the grade requested by the center to which you want to apply.

That is why EPIC PREP recommends that you put yourself in the hands of professionals who know the exam well. Don’t forget that it is not as structured as other exams and that complicates its preparation. Click and find out what our Duolingo course is like, which has already been taken by hundreds of students in the last years.

Are there Duolingo mock tests?

Once registered on the Duolingo website, you will be taken to a URL where you will find a free Duolingo practice test. The practice test you are given is a 15-minute partial simulation.

Once you have taken it, you are given an unofficial estimated score. If you want to take a Duolingo type practice test call us and ask our DET specialists.

How is the Duolingo test scored?

Duolingo scores range from 10 to 160 points. The scoring works in increments of 5 and includes a total score and 4 partial scores (Literacy, Comprehension, Conversation and Production) scored on the same scale.

The DET has a very unique scoreboard. We recommend you to read the referred article in the previous paragraph.

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What is Duolingo Plus?

Duolingo Plus is essentially an upgrade of the Duolingo application. Its main attributes are the disappearance of ads, the existence of lessons to download offline, unlimited lives, the possibility of skipping units without limits and access to mastery tests. It is an option that is highly valued by the application’s users.

However, it is important to understand what role the app should play if you are preparing to take the exam and have to get a high score.

In our opinion, the application is a complement, but in no case substitutes the work to be done by a professional to help you in your preparation. Here is a link to our article on how to prepare for the DET.

Which do I choose, Duolingo or TOEFL?

If you are considering studying in the USA, doing a master’s degree at a good university or being accepted into a graduate program, you may have been asked to validate your English level with the Duolingo or TOEFL.

The answer is much more complex than it seems. It goes without saying that at EPIC PREP we prepare students for both exams and, precisely for this reason, we believe that the answer will depend on the candidate. DET provides accessibility (test available 24/7), a lower price, and speed (score available in 48h).

TOEFL, on the other hand, is a standard accepted almost everywhere and has a block structure that facilitates the organization in solving the exam. In essence, the decision depends on what you value, but, please, never assume that DET is easier since the difficulty depends on the score you are asked for. If you still have doubts, call our experts and they will help you.

Where can I take the test?

The Duolingo English Test is an exam that can be taken online when and where you want to. There are no Duolingo test centers in Spain. When taking the test, the candidate must complete a first section called Introduction and Onboarding. At this point (duration 5 minutes) you will be asked to:

  • Verify that your computer, internet connection, camera, speakers and microphone are in perfect condition
  • Show an official identification with a photo
  • Listen to the guidelines that will govern the exam

Where is the DET accepted?

The evolution of the acceptance of the Duolingo exam has been changing since 2020. Currently (2023) it is an exam already accepted by more than 3500 universities.

Here is a link to the official Duolingo page so that you can check the official list of the Duolingo English Test universities. Remember this is the only reliable source about what universities accept the DET.

How to register for the Duolingo exam?

The Duolingo registration process is quite simple. You only need to sign up here, either with a Google account or by creating an account with your personal details. Once logged in, you will be taken to a page with 4 options (take a test exam, buy the exam, fill in your personal details and take the exam).

In order to take the exam, you must purchase the exam (once purchased you have 21 days to do so) and complete your personal data. Before taking the exam read our post on when and where taking the Duolingo to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Hopefully all your doubts about Duolingo English Test have been responded to. Please contact us if you still have more questions in regards to your DET prep and learn how EPIC PREP can help you achieve your goals.


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