"Read and Select" - Guide to Duolingo English Test Question (2024)

The “Read and Select” question on the Duolingo English Test tests your vocabulary. It is the most common question on the test, so it is a great question to master!

In this post, you will learn everything about the “Read and Select” question type and how to do well on it.

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What is the “Read and Select” question type?

The “Read and Select” question type looks like this:

All you need to do is say whether the word is real or not.

You will have 5 seconds for each word, and you will see 15 to 18 words. It counts toward your Literacy and Comprehension subscores.

Tips to do well on “Read and Select” questions

Remember, Duolingo is trying to trick you

Duolingo puts fake words that look and sound like real words.

In the example above, the word "somether" looks and sounds similar to the real word "something," but "somether" is not real.

You should not select a word unless you are 100% confident about it.

Pay attention to spelling

Another way that Duolingo tries to trick you is that they will misspell words. For example, they will put a word like, “beleive.” This is almost a real word; it is just spelled incorrectly. The correct spelling is “believe”.

The words get harder

The Duolingo English Test is adaptive. This means if you answer questions correctly, the next questions will get harder.

This is easy to see on “Read and Select” questions. If you do well, Duolingo will show you more obscure words and words that are difficult to spell correctly.

How to practice "Read and Select" questions

The best way to practice “Read and Select” questions is to use Arno! We give you instant feedback on your responses, so that you can develop your vocabulary.

Here is how it works:

1) Go to duolingo.goarno.io. If you don’t already have one, just create a free account.

2) Go to the “Read and Select” question type and click the “Play” button (shown in the red square below).

Screenshot of a “Read and Select” practice question from Arno
“Read and Select” practice question from Arno

3) Select "Yes" or "No"

"Read and Select" practice question inside of Arno
"Read and Select" practice question inside of Arno

4) Review your answers

Screenshot showing the correct answer.
Arno grades your responses instantly.


Thanks to this post, you should now have a great understanding of the “Read and Select” question type. You also know how to practice it: Arno 😁

Arno gives you unlimited practice questions for every question type with instant scoring and feedback on your grammar and vocabulary. If you want to prepare for the Duolingo English Test, there is no better way 🙂

Just click below to create your account and you can start doing practice questions in less than 5 seconds.

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