What is the Duolingo English Test (DET)?

The Duolingo English Test (DET) is an English proficiency test accepted by over 5,000 universities and institutions around the world. It is cheaper, faster, and more convenient than other English proficiency tests.

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What is the format and structure of the Duolingo English Test?

The DET consists of 5 sections with around 75 questions total. You will be tested on the 4 areas of language proficiency: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

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What is unique about the Duolingo English Test?

Compared to other English tests, the DET is cheaper, shorter, and more convenient.

First, the DET costs just $65 per test (or $55 per test if you the two-test package). Other English tests, like TOEFL or IELTS cost hundreds of dollars. In addition, you don't have to pay anything to send your DET results to universities and institutions.

Second, the DET lasts just 1 hour, compared to several hours for the other popular English proficiency tests.

Third, you take the DET online and you can take it anytime, anywhere. You do not have to book a specific nor go to a specific place. You can take test where you want, when you want.

Is the Duolingo English Test easier than other tests?

Many test takers find the DET easier because it is just 1 hour and they can take it from home. They are less stressed, so they can perform better.

In general, your DET scores will align with your scores on other English proficiency tests. However, some people do better on the DET than the other tests and vice-versa. What is clear is that the DET questions are easier to respond to. They do not require as much specific vocabulary or specific structures for your answers unlike questions on other tests. This means that many people also find it easier to score better on the DET.

Because the DET is a better test of general English skills, many people find they do not need to prepare as much as they do for other English proficiency tests in order to get a high score.

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