Replacement of IELTS, TOEFL Exam - Duolingo English Test

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Replacement of IELTS, TOEFL Exam - Duolingo English Test

Nowadays, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is not possible to an English proficiency test like IELTS, TOEFL and no one is sure about how long this situation could continue. So, now most of the universities and institutes have decided to take admission based on Duolingo English Test.

What is the Duolingo English Test?

Duolingo is the modern language proficiency test specially designed for international students. It offers your English proficiency score, a video interview, and a writing sample in an accessible manner. It measures all English language skills including reading, listening, writing and speaking like IELTS and TOEFL. Duolingo English test can be taken anywhere and anytime from a computer even at the convenience of your home which means no traveling to a test center or appointment needed. Not only this Duolingo allows you to share your test scores with an unlimited number of institutes that too free of cost.

An in-depth comparison between Duolingo, IELTS, and TOEFL

DuolingoIELTSTOEFL
Cost49$215-240$225$
Length1 Hour2 Hour 45 minute3 Hours
Reporting FeeFreeFree4 free reports/then 20$
Universities Accepting675 Undergraduates, 207 universities (confirm that university is accepting Duolingo or not before applying for the test)Almost everywhereAlmost everywhere
ModeOnlineOnline, OfflineOnline, Offline
Preparation materialLimitedAbundantAbundant
How often this test can be takenTwice in every 30 daysNo limits12 days
Valid for2 years2 years2 years
The score is ready in2 days13 days6 days

Hardware requirements for Duolingo English Test

The following things are required for the Duolingo English Test:

  • You need a computer/Laptop for the test.
  • You need to have microphones and speakers for the video interview.
  • A webcam is required and it should be in the center of the screen.
  • Update the version of your web browsers: Opera and Google Chrome.
  • Preferably not to use firefox due to the slow speed because of its speed many of the users has complained that firefox does not work properly for Duolingo Test.
  • Good Internet speed is required - Uploading speed: 1Mbps and Downloading speed: 2Mbps
  • Your ID proof- original Passport

Rules for Duolingo English Test

Below given rules are essential to follow during exam time

  • No headphones are permitted
  • All browser plugins must be disabled.
  • You are not allowed to look away from the computer screen and not to talk to anyone.
  • You are not allowed to leave the test tab.
  • You are not allowed to move out of the camera screen.
  • Not allowed to access any outside material or devices.
  • Your ears should be visible.

Duolingo English Test is of 160 Points and 120+ points are considered as good points for top institutions and universities and also helpful at the time of student visa.

Duolingo test score vs IELTS band score vs TOEFL

DuolingoIELTS AcademicTOEFL iBT
75-80544-55
85-905.556-67
95-100668-79
105-1106.580-91
115-120792-102
125-1307.5103-112
135-1408113-118
145-1508.5119
155-1609120

Click here to check the list of institute accepting Duolingo